2013 Lincoln MKZ First Look
Lincoln has an image problem. We know it, Ford knows it. Shaking its rep for being little more than tarted-up Fords for old folks isn’t going to happen overnight. But if the 2013 Lincoln MKZ set to hit the stand at the 2012 New York auto show is any indication, it looks as though things are finally starting to move in the right direction for the storied American luxury brand.
The Lincoln MKZ Concept promotes the company’s design future with a style that the company describes as “elegant simplicity,” a language that’s “warmer and more restrained and moves away from complex designs and traditional luxury.”
Inside, the Lincoln MKZ Concept is the picture of a warm styling mixed in with a spacious four-seat configuration. The sweeping design of the instrument panel creates a visual and comfortable interior. Lincoln used a combination of poplar wood and aluminum in bright and satin finishes for the prevalent material, as well as leather help create a sculptural, luxurious and comfortable interior space. The leather seats have been dressed in a Champagne hue perforation patter with matching dark taupe accents.
As far as technology is concerned, the MKZ Concept comes with an innovative interior that features push-button transmission gear selection, an open, tiered center console, and liquid crystal instrumentation. In addition, a reconfigurable 10.1 Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD is also part of the set-up, positioned just ahead of the driver and operated with the latest version of the MyLincoln Touch system.
As for the engine line-up, Lincoln didn’t reveal details on what kind of powertrain the MKZ Concept carries, although we expect the 2013 MKZ to be powered by the same line found on the MKS: a standard 300 HP 3.7-liter V6 engine and an optional 355 twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine.
Lincoln has penciled a production date for the MKZ later this year. At this point, no price tag has been given yet.
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