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(from Lincoln Press
Release) The New MKZ: Lincoln’s Future Begins
NEW YORK, April 2, 2012 – The all-new Lincoln MKZ makes its debut at
the New York International Auto Show, marking a key milestone in
“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 Lincoln MKZ enters the midsize luxury segment later this
> It is the first
Lincoln created by a dedicated team in its new Lincoln Design
> With a sweeping profile, MKZ incorporates one of the world’s
widest-opening retractable glass roofs
> Lincoln Drive Control is an intelligent system that delivers a
refined ride and engaging driving dynamics. Standard Lincoln
Drive Control intuitively integrates multiple systems (engine,
transmission, body and chassis) to deliver totally new Lincoln
> MKZ innovations include a distinct Push Button Shift gear
selector that enables flowing and architectural center console
> A quiet, well-appointed interior is enhanced by standard
Active Noise Control, genuine wood trim, full LCD
instrumentation, heated front seats and SYNC® with MyLincoln
> MKZ is offered with a choice of three powerful, efficient
powertrains, including a next-generation hybrid expected to
ensure the MKZ remains America’s most fuel-efficient premium
> Class-exclusive available inflatable rear safety belts
supplement eight standard airbags
Camera- and Radar-Based Driving
The new Lincoln MKZ
offers the 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.
For a more complete description of the Lane Keeping System, click
Available radar-based (ultrasonic) driving aids further enhance the
driving experience. Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning
with Brake Support each use a long-range radar system that scans in
front of the vehicle, automatically adjusting to traffic speed and
providing a visual and audible alert when a potential front-end
collision is detected.
Active park assist and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with
cross-traffic alert use multiple short-range wide-angle radar
sensors. Each function provides a distinct benefit, ranging from
making parallel parking easier to warning of oncoming vehicles while
backing out of a parking space.
SYNC with MyLincoln Touch
SYNC with MyLincoln
Touch is standard in the new MKZ. The combined system makes it
easier to use the entertainment, climate and available navigation
features as well as devices brought into the car (e.g., phones, PDA,
MP3 players). Twin five-way controls on the steering wheel manage
essential systems, and many functions can be voice-activated via
Standard SYNC Services make turn-by-turn directions available via
one button push and simple voice commands. Continually improving
voice recognition software learns user voices, improving the
efficiency of voice commands.
MKZ Dynamic Driving Technologies
The new MKZ offers
Lincoln Drive Control as standard. Lincoln Drive Control is an
automatic system that delivers an ideal balance of a smooth ride
with confident handling as it intuitively responds to driver
commands and the road, making the 2013 model the most refined and
engaging MKZ ever.
Always on, Lincoln Drive Control orchestrates the performance of the
Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) adjustable suspension,
electric power-assisted steering (EPAS), engine, transmission,
Active Noise Control (ANC), traction control and stability control
The result is an unsurpassed combination of refined ride and
engaging driving dynamics. CCD offers three modes
(Sport/Normal/Comfort) that are accessible using MyLincoln Touch.
Selecting “Sport” on the Push Button Shift gear selector enables a
decidedly more sporty driving experience.
CCD contributes to Lincoln Drive Control’s transparent action by
monitoring the car’s suspension settings up to 500 times per second.
The real-time system adjusts the suspension up to 50 times per
second to deliver more controlled handling with a smoother ride. CCD
augments a highly developed chassis that includes a refined strut
front suspension and an all new integral link rear suspension.
The new MKZ is the only sedan in its class to include Continuously
Controlled Damping and Active Noise Control as standard equipment.
MKZ Engines, Transmissions and
The 2013 Lincoln MKZ
offers three distinct powertrains. The standard 2.0-liter
four-cylinder EcoBoost® delivers the performance of a traditional V6
along with expected segment-leading fuel economy that is at least 3
mpg better than the closest competitor. This engine delivers a
projected 20-percent increase in highway fuel economy versus the
Emphasizing performance and efficiency, the optional 3.7-liter V6
produces significantly more power (37 horsepower and 28 lb.-ft. of
torque) than the previous MKZ V6 while improving fuel economy
approximately 5 percent.
Maximizing fuel efficiency, the optional 2.0-liter four-cylinder
hybrid powertrain is expected to enable the 2013 MKZ Hybrid to
remain North America’s most fuel-efficient premium sedan. The 2012
MKZ Hybrid is rated at 41 city mpg, 36 highway mpg.
Non-hybrid models utilize a six-speed automatic transmission.
Standard paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel add to
the performance driving experience of the MKZ.
Retractable Panoramic Roof
Panoramic Roof is a new signature feature for Lincoln. The
15.2-square-foot glass panel offers one of the largest openings
available on any current sedan. The design maintains the structural
strength of a steel-roof vehicle. Click here to view a video on the
Nearly identical to the
MKZ Concept shown at the North American International Auto Show in
January, the production 2013 Lincoln MKZ embodies a design language
that is subtly distinctive.
“We call it elegant simplicity,” said Max Wolff, Lincoln Design
director. “We wanted the new MKZ to be inviting and approachable. We
moved away from traditional luxury cues and complex designs. We came
up with something warm that is rich, yet still intentionally
A sweeping roofline
defines the new luxury sedan’s profile. The steeply raked windshield
and lengthened backlight make for a sleeker and more flowing
appearance that is 10 percent more aerodynamic than the model it
replaces. “The MKZ shape is a vision completed with just a few
strokes,” said Wolff. Click here for gallery.
Although strikingly modern, the design retains classic Lincoln
design elements including a more refined interpretation of the
split-wing grille, first seen on the 1938 Lincoln-Zephyr. Click here
Rearview mirrors stand on door-mounted, sculpted pedestals. This
fitment enables the front door glass to extend farther forward to
improve visibility and to allow even more light into the interior.
The crafted headlamp assemblies include bright, energy-efficient LED
lighting. The front headlights turn in sync with the steering wheel,
providing enhanced visibility. At the rear, LED technology enabled a
thin, distinctive full-width taillamp graphic.
Design teams created an
inviting interior featuring bold architectural elements, rich
natural materials and fine details. Click here for gallery.
“The exterior’s front graphic is repeated in the dramatic sweep of
the new instrument panel, helping tie the interior to the exterior
in a harmonious manner. These flowing forms – along with the open
center console – create a comfortable and functional interior that
particularly appeals to younger, more diverse drivers we believe
will now consider Lincoln,” said Wolff.
Innovation and technology abound inside the new MKZ. Replacing the
traditional mechanical transmission shift lever is a contemporary
five-button interface. The individual buttons of Push Button Shift
engage Park, Neutral, Reverse, and forward gears in two modes, Drive
Push Button Shift gave designers freedom to create a sculptural
multi-level center console with more functional storage areas.
Positioned ahead of the driver, the 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.
Premium-grade, supple leather covers all seating surfaces.
Responsibly harvested wood and metal-toned surfaces create a
luxurious and comfortable interior space.
Standard luxury amenities include an 11-speaker audiophile
entertainment system and cabin air filtration, plus heated front
seats (with the driver's featuring 10-way power controls), remote
start capabilities and Active Noise Control.
To make the MKZ exceptionally quiet, ANC electronically targets
frequencies and reduces their intensity. To improve the refinement
of the driving experience, other frequencies are subtly enhanced.
The available THX® II Certified Car Audio System is a
Lincoln-exclusive that features 700 watts, 14 channels and 14
speakers. THX audio engineers spent more than 200 hours custom
tuning the THX-certified equipment to the new MKZ’s interior. The
result delivers home-theater surround sound to the road.
The new MKZ is the only sedan in its class to offer inflatable
second-row outboard seat belts. Rear-seat passengers – often
children or mature passengers – can be more vulnerable to head,
chest and neck injuries. The available inflatable second-row,
outboard seat belts spread impact forces across more than five times
the area of conventional belts, reducing pressure on the chest while
helping to control head and neck motion and helping reduce the risk
of injuries. For more information on this feature, click here.
Lincoln is the luxury
automotive brand for Ford Motor Company, committed to becoming a
world-class luxury brand with compelling vehicles and an exceptional
ownership experience to match. Lincoln will introduce seven new and
significantly refreshed models in the next three years. For all the
latest information, please visit Lincoln at facebook.com/lincoln,
media.lincoln.com or www.lincoln.com.