It's very close to the concept shown at this year's Detroit Auto Show, right down to the large and in charge grille, though the overall impression of the exterior is somewhat understated. Inside, the look is similarly mellow, but with a new high-tech touch from MyLincoln Touch and a large LCD screen.
Under the hood, you'll find one of two engines: the 240-horspeower turbocharged four-cylinder, which earns an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city, 33 mpg highway; or a 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 estimated at 18/26 mpg. A hybrid is also available, with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and 41/36 mpg ratings. The non-hybrids come standard with a paddle-shift six-speed automatic transmission, while the hybrid uses a CVT.
Lincoln Drive Control is standard on all models, allowing driver adjustment of shock damping settings, steering force, and stability and traction control calibration, as well as active noise cancellation. A new integral-link rear suspension promises better ride and handling when married with the Lincoln Drive Control system.
Inside the cabin, you'll find real wood trim and leather as standard equipment, and, of course, the massive 15-square-foot panoramic sliding roof as an option.
Look forward to more details on the MKZ soon, and stick around for live photos and details of the MKZ from the New York Auto Show this week.
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