The Lincoln MKZ debuted for the 2006 model year as a dressed-up, luxury, midsize sedan based on the popular Ford Fusion. The MKZ was also the first of the MK-series of Lincoln vehicles. At first a rather boxy four-door using Ford’s CD3, front-wheel-drive platform, the MKZ was completely redesigned for the 2013 model year, when it received a more aggressive body shell with improved aerodynamics, and a swooping roofline. Overall, the second-gen MKZ is rather gorgeous to look at. The 2013 model year also marked the introduction of the MKZ Black Label concept, which showcased exclusive interior packages meant to the sedan further up the luxury scale. Two years have passed since then, and the MKZ Black Label finally made its debut as a production car.

Meanwhile only offered on the MKZ and MKC, the Black Label package focus wraps around four distinct interior packages that blend high-grade leather, massive amounts of Alcantara and some of the finest wood trims. The bundle also comes with a special set of wheels, as well as six exclusive exterior colors. In addition, Black Label owners will enjoy a number of special privileges, including extended premium service and maintenance, anytime car washes, and a no-cost rental vehicle. Read on for the full details.

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  • 2015 Lincoln MKZ Black Label
  • Year:
    2015
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  • 0-60 time:
    7 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    42000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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Just like the MKC Black Label, the MKZ Black Label comes with an understated exterior. New features include six exclusive body colors, different wheels and a special "MKZ" badge for the trunk lid. The latter consists of high-gloss black "M" and "K" letters, while the "Z" is finished in chrome.

Exterior colors unique to the Black Label line include Black Tie, Confidential White, Crystal Silver, Chroma Flame, Chroma Couture and Notorious. Chroma Flame is a deep shade of red, Chroma Couture presents itself as a rich brown, while Notorious stands for a vibrant blue. Although Lincoln has only released photos of the Confidential White model, I’m quite confident all these colors go well with the MKZ’s stylish lines.

Moving over to the wheels, the MKZ Black Label is equipeed with standard 19-inch, painted aluminum rollers. A set of polished aluminum wheels, also measuring 19 inches in diameter, is available as an option. Besides the special finish, the wheels also come with a unique Lincoln badge on the center of the rim.

Interior

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Most of the Black Label’s luxurious features can be found inside the cabin. Four different packages are available — each inspired from various sources — with premium materials and a level of craftsmanship never before seen on a modern-day Lincoln.

The unique themes kick off with Indulgence, a package inspired "the allure of rich, sumptuous chocolate" and highlighted by Truffle-colored Venetian leather with extra richness and depth due to a complex aging process and Ganache-colored Alcantara. Not exactly delicious, but tasteful nonetheless. The leather wraps everything from the seats to the door panels and the armrests, while Alcantara is used for the headliner and the pillars. Black accent stitching and a linking-L perforation pattern complements Truffle leather, while the Ziricote wood trim on the instrument panel and doors adds more style to the interior.

The second theme is dubbed Center Stage and it’s a little more dramatic than the previous one. Inspired by the "drama of theater arts and fashion," this trim level comes with Jet Black leather and Alcantara, and Foxfire Red stitching. The Black Stripe wood trim enhances the cabin’s classy feel even further.

If Center Stage is too dark for your taste, there’s the Modern Heritage theme for a more balanced contrast. It features a combination of Vianca White leather seats and center console, Jet Black upper door panels, Crimson Red accents, and Black Argento wood trims.

The fourth theme is called Oasis. Inspired by the "warmth and serenity of a spa," it is also a combination of soft colors and darker hues. The lighter Oasis hue if found on the leather seats and the Alcantara headliner and pillars, while the darker Island color is present on the instrument panel and the center console. The wood trim for this theme consists of an American Walnut Burl with a natural open-pore finish.

Drivetrain

The Black Label upgrade leaves the engine compartment unaltered, meaning customers get to choose one of the three available drivertrains for the standard 2015 MKZ.

First up is the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder EcoBoost rated at 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The unit mates to a six-speed automatic and comes with standard front-wheel-drive, while all-wheel drive is optional. More power comes from the available 3.7-liter V-6, which cranks out 300 ponies and 277 pound-feet of torque. The same six-speed autobox routes the oomph to the front wheels as standard and to all four corners with the AWD option enabled.

Those willing to sacrifice horsepower for fuel efficiency can go with the MKZ Hybrid. This fuel sipper uses a 2.0-liter, Atkinson-cycle inline-four making 188 horses and 129 pound-feet of torque, an electronic CVT, and front-wheel-drive. Granted, the MKZ Hybrid is the slowest of the pack, but it returns up to 41 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. For reference, the MKZ EcoBoost is good for 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, while the MKZ V-6 returns 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. Both figures are available for FWD models.

Prices

The premium for adding the Black Label goodies on the MKZ is $5,995. The base car retails from $35,190, meaning the most affordable MKZ Black Label will set you back at least $41,185. This sticker is available for both 2.0-liter EcoBoost and Hybrid models. Should you add the Black Label package to range-topping, 3.7-liter, V-6 car, the price jumps to $42,415.

The premium also includes four years or 50,000 miles of extended premium service for certain parts, complementary loaner car if your MKZ is in the shop, free pickup and delivery if you live within 30 miles of a Black Label dealer — only 32 dealers in six states will be opened until late 2015 — annual detailing, anytime car washes and a Culinary Collection membership.

Competition

Lexus ES

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Although the ES became a full-size vehicle in 2012, Lincoln continues to use the Lexus as a benchmark for the MKZ. The brand has released numerous ads comparing its rebodied and upscale Ford Fusion to the Lexus ES, claiming to offer more interior room, better fuel economy and more standard features.

It’s not surprising the ES sets a the benchmark in this segment. The sedan is both stylish and sporty, while the interior is luxurious, yet classy. Two drivetrains are available in the U.S., starting with the 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 264 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. The second drivetrain is the hybrid combo bringing together a 2.5-liter, Atkinson-cycle four-banger and an electric motor. Total output sits at 200 horsepower. Although the 0-to-60 mph sprint is far from enticing at 7.8 seconds, the ES 300h returns up to 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.

Pricing for the 2015 Lexus ES starts from $37,550.

Acura TLX

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The Acura TLX is a brand-new sedan Lincoln has also been using to highlight the MKZ’s superior fuel economy. Launched for the 2015 model year as a replacement for the aging TL, the TLX received a modern and sportier exterior, along with a more upscale interior and new technology.

Two engines are available with the TLX. The 2.4-liter, inline-four cranks out 209 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque, which reaches the wheels through an eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission. The brawnier, 3.5-liter, V-6 mill, which can only be paired to a nine-speed automatic, has been updated to generate 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. Both units come with Acura’s Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) handling technology, while the V-6 can also be has with the Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system.

Pricing for the 2015 TLX starts from $30,995 and goes beyond $44,700 with the range-topping model.

Conclusion

Granted, the Black Label package is exquisite as far as interior upgrades go, sporting enough glitter to outgun offerings from entry-level luxury brands such as Acura. Unfortunately, the overall package isn’t enough to put Lincoln on par with the likes of BMW, Audi or Cadillac, but it’s good to see the American brand is trying to shake off its dusty image. It might take a while for Lincoln to get where Ford wants it to be, but the Black Label package is an important step towards a brighter future.

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Press Release

Redefining what it means to shop for, purchase and own a luxury automobile, The Lincoln Motor Company is delivering Lincoln Black Label.

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Unveiling details of a dealer network that offers personalized service as exceptional as the vehicles it sells, Lincoln announced its plan to provide an enhanced shopping and service experience to complement luxuriously appointed Black Label vehicles that surround occupants in premium materials.

When the program launches in December, 32 dedicated Lincoln Black Label dealers in six states will provide showroom space dedicated to serving Black Label customers. Lincoln plans to expand the network nationwide in late 2015.

At launch, Black Label will be offered on the 2015 Lincoln MKZ midsize premium sedan and the 2015 Lincoln MKC small premium utility. Ultimately, Black Label versions of all new Lincoln vehicles will be available in the U.S. Black Label will be launched in China later in 2015 under the name Presidential.

“Black Label represents a new level of Lincoln luxury in terms of product execution and personal service,” said Matt VanDyke, director, global Lincoln. “This combination of elevated service, materials and execution will set Lincoln Black Label apart.”

Premium materials meet exquisite craftsmanship
The first generation of Lincoln Black Label design themes drew inspiration from a variety of sources – from fashion and food, to luxury travel and architecture. Each was created to make driving a Lincoln a more personal, emotive experience. Set to debut on the Lincoln MKZ and Lincoln MKC are Indulgence, Center Stage, Modern Heritage and Oasis.

All four interior themes showcase some of the finest automotive materials, including Alcantara®-wrapped headliner, pillars, package tray and accent details; Venetian leather on the seating surfaces, armrests and doors; fully leather-wrapped and stitched instrument panel, console and doors; subtle branding elements with unique Lincoln perforation designs; and elegant trims of crafted woods or woods rare to the automotive industry.

“Our goal is to provide an ultimate sensory experience by creating luxurious environments with a variety of unique color themes that resonate with customers,” said Janet Seymour, Lincoln color and materials design manager. “We achieve this by using the most premium materials with meticulous attention to detail.”

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Eagle Ottawa created Venetian leather specifically for use in Black Label vehicles. Less than 1 percent of raw hides worldwide meet the stringent softness and durability requirements for becoming Venetian leather, making it an exclusive Black Label offering.

Venetian leather, unique for its lightly finished, fine-grained texture, is produced to reveal the natural characteristics of the hide. Its use in Black Label design themes signals a renewed emphasis on the hand-crafted elegance that has long defined the Lincoln brand.

Alcantara is a soft, premium material favored in a wide spectrum of luxury industries including fashion, aviation and marine for its aesthetic and sensory qualities.

Designer woods – which appear on the instrument panel and doors with all Black Label themes – include Black Stripe (Center Stage Lincoln MKC), Onyx (Center Stage Lincoln MKZ) and Argento (Modern Heritage).

All were uniquely created for use in Black Label, with color accents and patterns that complement the design theme. Ziricote, used in Indulgence, is an exotic wood from South America featuring beautiful natural grain, pattern and coloration with no added dyes or stains. Open-pore American Walnut Burl has a natural authentic beauty that harmonizes with the soothing, tonal interior colors of Oasis.

Lincoln Black Label exteriors: Understated elegance
While delivering sumptuous interior luxury, Lincoln Black Label vehicles will feature understated exterior cues.

Customers can choose from a palette of standard exterior colors exclusive to Black Label: Black Tie, Confidential White and Crystal Silver are core colors, and are offered with all interior design themes. Other standard exterior color choices are Chroma Flame, a deep red; Chroma Couture, a rich brown; and Notorious, a vibrant blue.

Lincoln MKZ and Lincoln MKC Black Label models come standard with 19-inch painted aluminum wheels. MKZ owners can upgrade to 19-inch polished aluminum wheels, while MKC buyers can upgrade to 20-inch polished multi-piece aluminum wheels with premium-painted pockets accented with bright chrome inserts.

All Black Label wheels feature a unique Lincoln insignia on the center of the rim. Unique badging at the rear serves as a subtle callout. A bold, high-gloss black with a chrome “Z” or “C” distinguishes vehicles in the Black Label family.

“The Black Label exterior is purposely understated,” VanDyke said. “From the outside, few people might recognize that it is a Black Label vehicle. It’s all about comfort on the inside, creating a luxurious experience for the driver and passengers.”

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Four exclusive Lincoln Black Label design themes
While there are subtle design variances between Lincoln MKC and Lincoln MKZ Black Label themes tied to unique vehicle architecture, Lincoln color and materials designers worked from the same color and material palettes for consistency.

Black Label design themes available on the MKZ and MKC are:

Indulgence: Inspired by the allure of rich, sumptuous chocolate, Indulgence is defined by Truffle-colored Venetian leather featuring an antiquing process to infuse richness and depth on the seats, doors and armrests. Ganache-colored Alcantara extends the richness to the headliner, pillars and package tray.

Seat leather features an elegant linking-L perforation pattern with black accent stitching. Ziricote wood trim, a material typically reserved for use in yachts and classical instruments, adds an elegant touch on the instrument panel and doors.

Center Stage: Inspired by the drama of theater arts and fashion, Center Stage includes a Jet Black cabin with Foxfire Red accent stitching on the doors and seats. Jet Black Alcantara headliner, pillars and package tray surround Jet Black Venetian leather seats that feature a diamond-L perforation pattern.

Onyx wood trim in the Lincoln MKZ and Black Stripe wood trim in the Lincoln MKC are equally stunning accents.

Modern Heritage: Offering a fresh take on a classic black-and-white color theme, Modern Heritage features Jet Black upper door panels with Vianca white Venetian leather seats and center console.
Seat leather is accentuated by an exclusive diamond-L perforation pattern. Subtle Crimson Red accents and Black Argento wood trim on the instrument panel and doors add a dash of elegance.

Oasis: Inspired by the warmth and serenity of a spa, Oasis leans on Far East influences to create a peaceful escape. The interior features the colors of Oasis and Island for a soft, harmonious environment. Venetian leather seats in the soft Oasis color are accented by a darker Island-colored instrument panel and center console. Oasis-colored Alcantara covers the headliner, pillars and package tray.

American Walnut Burl wood trim appliqués with a natural open-pore finish continue the earth-tone theme on the instrument panel and doors.

A more elegant car-buying, car-owning experience
Lincoln Black Label will provide personalized shopping with dedicated personnel in the showroom, online or in locations more convenient for customers.

A specially trained Black Label experience liaison will meet prospective clients at their home, office or anywhere within 30 miles of the showroom to begin the experience. Acting as a personal shopping assistant, the liaison will help customers identify their ideal vehicle by sharing paint samples, material swatches and wood trim samples.

In addition to these tangible samples, a detailed tablet presentation allows customers to fully understand all that is unique about each of the four Black Label offerings.

“The Lincoln Black Label dealer network is designed to cater to our customers on an individual level,” said Kevin Cour, director of sales and service, Lincoln. “The 32 dealers participating at launch have committed to providing a level of service that is as unique as the vehicles they’ll be selling.”

Lincoln Black Label owners will enjoy special privileges, such as:

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Four years or 50,000-mile extended premium service and maintenance coverage on wear items such as shock absorbers, engine belts and hoses, brake pads and linings, wiper blades and spark plugs

No-cost rental vehicle while any covered maintenance is performed

Remote service that lets Lincoln Black Label customers have their vehicle picked up and returned (within a 30-mile radius) while maintenance is performed

Annual vehicle detailing

Anytime car washes

Culinary Collection membership: Black Label customers enjoy access to a curated list of restaurants from coast to coast, with noted chefs who will provide an at-your-service dining experience.

Black Label privileges, upgraded materials and design themes are priced at $5,995.

Building the Lincoln Black Label dealer network
The program launches in dedicated showrooms in December, with Black Label versions of the Lincoln MKZ and Lincoln MKC available for sale. Thirty-two dealerships in Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Florida, California and Texas will have space dedicated to Lincoln Black Label customers.

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