“The new Lincoln MKZ represents the future of Lincoln in both style and substance,” said Jim Farley, Group Vice President, Global Marketing, Sales and Service. “It is proof of our commitment to deliver a new breed of Lincolns for a new generation of Lincoln clients – motor cars that are distinctive, elegant, full of technology and a delight to own.”
The 2013 MKZ was originally previewed in concept form at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year. The production version doesn’t stray too far from the concept with its sweeping roofline and design elements that draw cues from classic Lincoln models like the 1938 Lincoln-Zephyr.
Inside the 2013 MKZ has an inviting interior with bold architectural elements and innovative technology like the five-button interface that replaces the traditional mechanical transmission shift lever. A full-color 10.1-inch LCD instrument cluster operates with the latest version of SYNC with MyLincoln Touch. The all-new design combines dimensional indicator rings framing a brilliant and reconfigurable Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD. An equally critical component of MyLincoln Touch is the nearly flush-mounted center 8-inch LCD touch screen that displays information clearly in easy-to-reference color-keyed quadrants.
Under the hood the 2013 Lincoln MKZ will be available with three different powertrain options. The standard 2.0L four-cylinder packs 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft. of torque, while getting 22 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The most powerful engine is the 300-hp 3.7L V6 that is mated to a standard all-wheel-drive system and gets 18 mpg city and 26 mpg on the highway. Lincoln will also offer a hybrid version of the 2013 MKZ that is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that is mated to an electric motor for a combined output of 188 horsepower. The fuel economy rating of the 2013 MKXZ hybrid is not yet available.
To enhance the MKZ’s safety, the 2013 MKZ is available with a new Lane Keeping System, a suite of advanced driving aids that helps drivers avoid drifting from their lane due to distraction or fatigue. Consisting of Lane Keeping Aid, Lane Keeping Alert and Driver Assist, the Lane Keeping System utilizes a mono-vision camera integrated into the rearview mirror to read the lane markers ahead.