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2017 Lincoln MKZ

2017 Lincoln MKZ

Lincoln has updated the MKZ for 2017 with the hopes of competing better in the luxury sedan market

Lincoln has always been Ford’s luxury brand, but when stacked against other luxury brands like Mercedes and Lexus, some feel Lincoln just doesn’t compete. Even with the release of the MK series, Lincoln still couldn’t get the following it really wanted. That said, Lincoln felt it was necessary to redesign it for the 2017 model year with some new features and styling.

Most of the time, a “redesign” in the automotive world isn’t really a redesign as much as it is an adjustment to current looks – but that isn’t exactly the case with the 2017 MKZ. It features a new grille design and some new features, but it looks a lot like the 2013 concept we saw a couple years back.

In a press release announcing the 2017 MKZ, Kumar Galhotra, President of Lincoln, said, “Our customers are looking for three attributes in a luxury midsize sedan – technologies that ease their everyday experience, a beautiful design that is crafted with attention to detail, and a vehicle with impressive power that makes it a pleasure to drive.” He continued, “The new Lincoln MKZ elevates all of these attributes – and many more – to create a compelling entry in this large and highly competitive portion of the luxury market.”

The new MKZ has a lot of available options like adaptive cruise control, a concert-quality audio system, and enhanced park assist, among others. Lincoln customers can even get exclusive in-home design consultation if they option for a Black Label interior package. So, the real question is whether or not the 2017 Lincoln MKZ will live up to the luxury hype and actually be able to fully compete in the luxury segment. We’ll have to see how things go, but for now we’ll take a look at what Lincoln has done to step its game up and better compete in the luxury segment.

Updated 06/02/2016: Lincoln has released prices for the 2017 Lincoln MKZ. Check the "Prices" section below for all the details.

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2015 Lincoln MKZ Black Label

2015 Lincoln MKZ Black Label

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.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lincoln MKZ Black Label.

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2013 Lincoln MKZ Black Label

2013 Lincoln MKZ Black Label

Once again, the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is flexing its automotive muscles, as Lincoln is set to unveil a new exclusive line for its entry-level MKZ at the show. Dubbed the Black Label line, this collection of interior and exterior dress-up packages add some extra style, class and exclusivity to the MKZ line, taking it up a notch in the luxury-car realm.

The Black Label line will eventually make its way across the entire Lincoln lineup, but for now where better to start than with its most desired model? The Lincoln MKZ Black Label comes in three different styles: Center Stage, Indulgence and Modern Heritage. Each of the three styles are distinctly different in look and feel, and really offer a custom look to the MKZ that few other lower-level luxury car manufacturers offer.

According to Lincoln, there were more than 12 different design concepts that Lincoln Design took under consideration and these three rose to the top and made the cut. So, can this Black Label line add the premium features that the MKZ so sorely needs to catapult it above the likes of Acura TL and Lexus ES 350?

Click past the jump to read about each of the three designs and how they change the MKZ

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2013 Lincoln MKZ

2013 Lincoln MKZ

For the past several decades, Ford has pranced the Lincoln brand around guised as a “luxury car,” but when compared to its competition – BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, and Infiniti – Lincolns just never held up. The lowest of lows came in the early-2000s with the release of the failed and wholly unpopular LS.

With the launching of the MK series of cars and SUVs, Lincoln began pressing the competition, but still fell slightly short of its goal in overtaking them. To help get Lincoln over this hump, Lincoln announced that the MKZ, the automaker’s entry-level sedan, will be completely overhauled for 2013 in hopes to better compete with the aforementioned competition.

We have all been anxiously awaiting the release of Lincoln’s plans to keep its lineup fresh, as it has been on the downward slide in recent years. We saw the concept MKZ and found out that the official design will, in fact, be a near replica of the concept – thank you Lincoln – but we had yet to hear anything about the official production specifications or the 2013 MKZ, at least until now. Ford Motor Company finally released these specs, just over 24 hours before its unveiling at the 2012 New York Auto Show.

Will this update be enough to launch the Lincoln lineup back to its days of dominating the Luxury car front, or will Lincoln have the same fate as GM’s Saturn and Oldsmobile brands, which also received a last minute redesign campaigns to try to save them? Take a look at the full review below to find out.

UPDATE 07/24/2012: Lincoln has released a new configurator, which you can find here, that allows you to select two trim levels from the five available – these include: Premier, Select, Reserve, Preferred with Single Panel Roof and Preferred with Retractable Panoramic Roof – and compare the two. Of course, shortly after releasing the online configurator, Lincoln also released the official pricing information for the MKZ. Hit the jump for full pricing and package details for the 2013 Lincoln MKZ.

Hit the jump for the 2013 Lincoln MKZ review.

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2013 Lincoln MKZ Concept

2013 Lincoln MKZ Concept

In the middle of all the presentations of the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show was the unveiling of the 2013 MKT and the 2013 MKS, but Lincoln had another ace in the hole. Apparently, Ford’s luxury brand also revealed a teaser image of a car that looks like the next MKZ. It is believed that we will see the new MKZ in January 2012 at the Detroit Auto Show.

Fast forward to today and the Lincoln MKZ Concept has finally been unveiled in all its glory.

The Lincoln MKZ Concept is a take on the company’s design language that will be featured in a number of their future models. Taken as a concept, the MKZ comes with a variety of new features that will look sweet when translated to a production version. The automaker has penciled a production date for later this year so we won’t have to wait long to see what the production MKZ is made of.

More details on the Lincoln MKZ Concept after the jump.

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2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Lincoln unveiled today at the New York Auto Show, the 2011 MKZ Hybrid. This is the company’s first ever hybrid vehicle, but a logical step if you consider both the Ford Fusion and the Mercury Milan are also available with hybrid drivetrains.

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid uses Ford’s second-generation hybrid technology – the 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle I-4 hybrid engine, a system that combines gasoline engine and electric battery-driven motors and delivers a total of 191 hp. In pure electric mode, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid can drive with a top speed of up to 47 mph. Compared to its main competitor, the 2010 Lexus HS 250h, the Lincoln hybrid tops their fuel efficiency by 6mpg with 41mpg in the city.

Also, a trump card that can be played against the 2010 Lexus HS 250h is Lincoln’s extra space allowing for one more passenger, segment-exclusive safety features, and more standard luxury. The Lincoln luxury hybrid sedan will be offered with: SmartGauge with EcoGuide, Lincoln SYNC, 10-Way Power Passenger Seat, Genuine Wood Trim, Reverse Sensing System, Keyless Entry Keypad, Personal Safety System, Acoustic Laminated Windshield and standard Bridge of Weir leather seats. These items will either not be offered with the Lexus or will come with an additional price tag.

Updated 07/22/2010: Lincoln today announced prices for the 2011 MKZ Hybrid that will go on sale this fall. Prices will start at $35,180, a price identical to the 2011 Lincoln MKZ gas model and below the 2010 Lexus HS 250h, the MKZ Hybrid’s nearest competitor.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Lincoln MKZ

2010 Lincoln MKZ

Lincoln unveiled today at the Los Angeles Auto Show the new 2010 MKZ mid-size sedan. Sales will begin in spring of 2009 and production will be made at Ford’s Hermosillo (Mexico) Stamping and Assembly Plant.

New for 2010, the MKZ features a new sport version with special sport suspension tuning with stiffer springs and larger stabilizer bars, 18-inch Euroflange polished wheels, darkened grille and headlamps, and an interior with contrasting piping and unique appliqués.

Under the hood there is a 3.5-liter V-6 Duratec engine that delivers 263 hp and 249 pounds-feet of torque. It is mated to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.

The new MKZ also features Lincoln signature design elements, including the split-wing grille and thinner wraparound head lamps for a wider, sportier look. Its chamfered front fascia also shares a family resemblance with the MKS, with a sculpted hood and ridges flowing into the A-pillar. In the rear, the Lincoln MKZ features a new decklid with wider LED taillamps accentuating the width of the car and separated by the Lincoln star.

Press release after the jump.

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2008 Lincoln MKZ

2008 Lincoln MKZ

The Lincoln MKZ is an unqualified success, leading Lincoln’s product resurgence by providing a true American mid-size luxury sedan that’s appealing to entry-level luxury buyers. Posting continued year-over-year sales growth, the Lincoln MKZ has drawn new customers to the Lincoln brand by offering sophisticated American design, an award-winning premium interior and a long list of innovative and exclusive features at a value unheard of in the luxury segment.

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2007 Lincoln MKZ

2007 Lincoln MKZ

In February 2006 at the Chicago Auto Show ,the 2007 MKZ was first shown.
Lincoln is changing the name of its new Zephyr sedan to MKZ (pronounced Mark Zee).
Since its debut last year, Zephyr has paved the way for the Lincoln MKZ with a solid foundation in customer satisfaction and quality.
It brings this entry-level sedan under Lincoln’s new alphanumeric naming system,but has the potential to confuse consumers.

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2007 Lincoln MKZ

2007 Lincoln MKZ

Following the strong sales launch of the Lincoln Zephyr in the autumn of 2005, the entry-level luxury sedan is reborn for the 2007 model year with a new, more powerful 3.5-liter V-6 engine, a newly designed front end, more traction with available all-wheel drive (AWD) and a new name - Lincoln MKZ.

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