2013 Lincoln MKZ unveiled ahead of New York debut image

  • The MKZ, which will be unveiled at the New York auto show this week, is one of seven new or revamped Lincoln models to be introduced by 2015 intended to resuscitate the brand.

Ford Motor Co.’s Lincoln division has just unveiled the 2013 Lincoln MKZ – a luxury sedan that will go on sale later this year.

From first look, it appears like this model should make some important advances. Sculpted by a team led by former Cadillac designer Max Wolff, the MKZ incorporates one of the industry’s largest retractable glass roofs.

It has a sweeping roofline, a steeply raked windscreen and a more flowing appearance. It is 10 per cent more aerodynamically efficient than the car it replaces.
With 300-horsepower from a 3.7-liter V-6 with six-speed automatic the new MKZ should provide good thrust.

In addition for those who want greener performance the 2013 Lincoln MKZ can be offered with a 240-hp, 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine – good for 33 mpg highway. Also, the MKZ will be released later this year in both a hybrid version and a traditional powertrain. All automatic MKZs will get paddle shift controls.

The MKZ also will come standard with Lincoln Drive Control, which lets drivers adjust settings for shocks, steering, stability and traction control, and active-noise cancellation. Lincoln promises better ride and handling with the adaptive settings and with a new integral-link rear suspension.

The 2013 MKZ also will have one of the most advanced safety portfolios in its class, with such standard and available systems as Lane Keeping Aid, Lane Keeping Alert, Driver Assist, Active Park Assist, a Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Brake Support. Another exclusive option is inflatable rear seatbelts.

The 2013 Lincoln MKZ is expected to start at about $41,000.

Fuel Economy
2.0-liter I4 FWD/AWD
240 premium fuel
270 lb.-ft.
FWD: 22 mpg city
33 mpg highway
3.7-liter V6 FWD/AWD
277 lb.-ft.
AWD: 18 mpg city
26 mpg highway
2.0-liter I4/Electric
Hybrid FWD
188 (combined
engine and motor)
141 (engine only)
129 lb.-ft. (engine only)
FWD: Not yet