With age comes experience, this saying is very much defined through the following Lincoln MKZ review. Entering into its third-generation the all-new MKZ showcases an improved design language with better interiors and high performance figures.
2017 Lincoln MKZ Overview
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Lincoln MKZ has been around for years now with its first model released back in the year 2006. Since then this luxury sedan has undergone two minor (2007 & 2010) and one major (2013) revision cycle. Over the years, the car has evolved trying to suit the demand of consumers. Made its debut in the Los Angeles Auto Show, the new Lincoln MKZ is way better than its previous generations. As the same showcases a brilliant set of attributes both on the inside and outside.
The updated MKZ is the first car that features Lincoln’s new design language along with a refreshed high-performing engine. Further, as icing on the cake is Lincoln MZK price that has been slashed down by $180 (for base variant). All in all, the 2017 Lincoln MKZ will help create the much needed variation between Lincoln and Ford. Continue reading Lincoln MKZ review as we are set to unfold this new beauty layer by layer.
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|Engine||Turbocharged Direct-Injected I-4||Atkinson-Cycle I-4 Hybrid Engine||Twin-Turbocharged Direct-Injected V6|
|Transmission||6-speed SelectShift Automatic with Paddle Shifters||Electronic Continuously Variable||6-speed Selectshift Automatic with Paddle Shifters|
|Power||245 HP||188 HP||350 HP (FWD) & 400 HP (AWD)|
|Torque||275 lb-ft||129 lb-ft||400 lb-ft|
|0-60 MPH||7 sec (est.)||8.9 sec (est.)||6 sec (est.)|
|Top Speed||145 MPH (est.)||130 MPH (est.)||155 MPH (est.)|
|Mileage||21 City/31 Hwy(FWD) & 20 City/28 Hwy||41 City/38 Hwy||18 City/27 Hwy(FWD) & 17 City/26 Hwy|
|Body Style||Luxury Mid Size Sedan||Luxury Mid Size Sedan||Luxury Mid Size Sedan|
The all new Lincoln MKZ is on sale now and the price tag that this beauty carries is surely good enough to spend. But every bit of Lincoln MKZ spec sheet justifies its somewhat whopping price tag. Moving on, as mentioned earlier, this time around 2017 MKZ base variant is available for $180 less; bringing its actual price figure to $35,935. But here’s the cracker, if you wish to add elements to the said trim then its cost will go rocket-high. Like for example the base trim configured with new 3.0L V6 engine along with the all-wheel drive and other packages will cost around $60,000.
The Lincoln MKZ is available in four trim levels, all carrying a different price tag and features. Starting with Premiere at $35,935, then comes Select at $37,685, Reserve at $40,435 and last is Black Label at $48,595. All the trims are available with an option of two standard powertrains – either the 240 HP turbo 2.0L engine or the 2.0L gas hybrid mill. However, if someone is interested in AWD option with the 2.0 turbo mill then it is available at an additional cost of $1890.
Lastly, except the base trim rest all are available with an option to house the new V6 3.OL mill. Available in both FWD and AWD drivetrain, the former costs $2750, while the latter costs $4000 extra. Further, Lincoln MKZ price is subjected to variation if you go in for tailor made option.
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As can be seen from Lincoln MKZ spec sheet this time around Ford luxury wing has something new to offer. We are talking about the new 3.0 L V6 twin-turbocharged engine that is introduced as a replacement over the earlier 3.7L mill. This new powerhouse is available in both FWD and AWD option, with the former option coming as much of a surprise. Especially after taking in note the 400 lb-ft of torque figure that the said mill is capable of offering. Moving on, when coupled with AWD option the 3.0L engine generates a maximum power of 400 hp along with peak torque of 400 lb-ft. The said engine we believe will also showcase in the soon to debut and much awaited 2017 Lincoln Continental.
Rest of the powertrain options – 2.0L 4-CYL turbo and 2.0L hybrid, they are carried over from the previous generation and do not showcase any retuning.
Through this Lincoln MKZ Review we’ll like to inform you about MKZ’s optional Driver’s package. The said package is only available with all-wheel drive system at additional cost. It is aimed to satisfy the racer within you, as it adds torque-vectoring capabilities of the vehicle.
2017 Lincoln MKZ Exteriors
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In this Lincoln MKZ review, it’s time now to inspect Lincoln’s new creation road presence and stance. Well, after seeing new Lincoln MKZ one thing is for sure that the car has been revamped and it is revamped for good. Starting with its front profile, 2017 MKZ showcases a similar hood design as was seen resting on its concept. With the only difference that the production model hood is a bit contoured giving it an aggressive and wider appearance. One major difference comes in form of its new single-piece grille that displays decent chrome outlining.
Other attractive attributes on the front include slimmer LED lights instead of convention fog lamps, re-styled headlights and chrome touched lower air vents. Take a turn sideways and you’ll remember the 2013 concept instantly that is the degree of resemblance. Same body lines running from front to rear doors, same roof line, and even the side markers and mirrors are unchanged. If you ask what we loved the most in Lincoln MKZ then the answer would be its fully retractable panoramic moonroof. As for the rear, it showcases the same long run LED bar on the boot lid, small LED lights and high-mount brake light.
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Lincoln cabin is a bliss to enter and experience. It seems like the company has paid way more attention in designing and planning the interiors than the exteriors. Smooth dash, high-quality upholstery, high-tech center console, spacious center tunnel, comfortable seats and what not. You name it and the attribute is sure to feature in Lincoln MKZ spec sheet.
Starting with the driver’s arena, 2017 MKZ features a three-spoke multifunction leather wrapped steering wheel. It is accompanied by a digital information binnacle, also the driver’s seat comes with multiple adjusting features. Focusing at the center console are present air con vents that are followed by colored touch screen used for audio and navigation purpose. This setup is graded up transmission controls and other controls from either side. The console ends with automatic air-controls and other car controls. The tunnel area, it is free from lever that makes the car look airy, it also features storage compartment.
New Lincoln MKZ Features
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New Lincoln MKZ hosts a number of high-end features that makes the car comfortable and increases its worth by manifold. Starting off, new MKZ is equipped with Revel Audio System that helps you hear each note clearly. Also, the same is counted amongst the best automotive surround sound system available. Next amazing feature present in 2107 Lincoln MKZ is its seven color ambient lightings that set the perfect ambiance suiting your mood. Also, are present in Lincoln MKZ spec booklet are features like adaptive headlamps, six-speed push-button automatic transmission, adaptive cruise control and drive control systems like CCD, EPAS and ANC. Lastly, on the technology front is present SYNC3 who’s easy to use interface makes it user friendly and highly usable feature.
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Any car review is incomplete without a full fledge safety section, and so in this Lincoln MKZ review we’ll now be discussing the car’s high-tech safety gears. First of all, MKZ comes integrated with adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go system. The said system is enabled to adjust the car speed best suiting the traffic conditions. Also, the step-and-go system is capable to apply brakes if in case the driver fails to do so. Next, is MKZ’s pre-collision system that helps avoid front collision and is powered to detect pedestrian on road. Lastly, making parallel parking and departure simpler is present park assist system.
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Unlike the previous Lincoln cars the new Lincoln MKZ has the potential to be stacked against big luxury brands like Lexus and Mercedes. In the mid-size luxury sedan market the car will offer a refresh change over its more sport car look forced competitors. For that matter be it Lincoln crosstown competitor Cadillac, top-market German rivals or even the closest of all Lexus. But amongst all, one name that has the potential to affect 2017 MKZ sales the most is Lexus ES. The said car carries a powerful 3.5L V6 mill generating 270 HP of power and 250 lb-ft of peak torque. Also, it has features that matches to that present in Lincoln MKZ spec chart. As for the price its base variants cost around $38,000, that’s close to 2017 MKZ 3.0L Select variant.
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After having a look at Lincoln MKZ review, one thing is clear. The brand is trying hard to make a better place for itself in the auto arena. The new Lincoln MKZ now with the option of 400 hp producing 3.0L V6 mill has sure become a stronger player. Also, it features a plush interior with hell lot of features and design options. As discussed in exterior segment, the only thing boring about MKZ 2017 is its way too similar exterior design language.