2013 Lincoln MKZ officially revealed [videos]

Right on schedule, Lincoln has revealed the first official images and details for the new 2013 MKZ. It follows the pre-production concept that was showcased earlier this year in Detroit and is set to arrive in dealerships later this year.

The evolution from concept to production reveals only minimal changes to the overall design and features a large retractable panoramic glass roof. The smooth and stylish interior has a full LCD instrumentation panel boasting Ford's Sync infotainment system with MyLincoln Touch.

Safety features include the Lincoln Drive Control, collision warning with brake support, lane keeping warning system as well as inflatable rear safety belts that compliment the eight standard airbags.

There will be three powertrains options for consumers to choose from. These include an entry level 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that generates 240hp (179kW / 243PS) and 366Nm (270lb-ft) of torque as well as a range topping 3.7-liter V6 unit pumping 300hp (224kW/304PS) to the wheels. Both of which will be mated with a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and a Push Button Shift gear selector. Either all-wheel-drive (AWD) or front-wheel-drive (FWD) configurations are available for both.

Those looking for a more frugal option may prefer the MKZ Hybrid which couples a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor to produce a combined output of 188hp (140kW / 191PS) and 175Nm (129lb-ft) of torque. The economic option uses continuously variable transmission and can only be ordered with forward-wheel-drive (FWD).

Pricing is yet to be announced.

Published Apr 3rd, 2012 12:00pm By Clinton Deacon
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The all-new Lincoln MKZ makes its debut at the New York International Auto Show, marking a key milestone in Lincoln’s reinvention.

“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 year.

  • It is the first Lincoln created by a dedicated team in its new Lincoln Design Studio

  • 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 driving quality

  • MKZ innovations include a distinct Push Button Shift gear selector that enables flowing and architectural center console design

  • 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 Touch™

  • 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 sedan

  • Class-exclusive available inflatable rear safety belts supplement eight standard airbags


Camera- and Radar-Based Driving Aids

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 here.

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 SYNC.

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 systems.

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 Drive Systems

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 2012 MKZ.

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.





Fuel Economy

2.0-liter I4 FWD/AWD

240 premium fuel

270 lb.-ft.

FWD: 22 mpg city
33 mpg highway

3.7-liter V6 FWD/AWD


277 lb.-ft.

AWD: 18 mpg city
26 mpg highway

2.0-liter I4/Electric
Hybrid FWD

188 (combined
 engine and motor)


141 (engine only)



129 lb.-ft. (engine only)

FWD: Not yet

2.0- and 3.7-liter gasoline engines are equipped with six-speed automatic transmission;
2.0-liter Hybrid is equipped with a continuously variable transmission. Horsepower,
torque and fuel economy figures all are projected, not certified.


Improving grip on slippery roads, the available all-wheel-drive (AWD) system anticipates and adjusts the power delivery to the front and rear axles in as little as 16 milliseconds, faster than the blink of an eye.


Retractable Panoramic Roof

The Retractable 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 feature.


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 restrained.”

MKZ Exterior

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 for image.

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.

MKZ Interior

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 and Sport.

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.

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Comments (19)

NYyanks NYyanks
Sorry if you disagree with me but............This car looks futuristically awesome. that brake light bar in the back really reminds me of some concept car meant for 2020 or something. really love this futuristic approach the automakers are taking these days. after all, i'll say it again, it is 2012 already....
Apr 4th, 2012 12:39am
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benz_man benz_man
Im impressed. I really like the rear light package. Those LEDs are dazzling! The interior seems nicely styled and well put together (still not convinced on the My___Touch controls...). Standard pano is a good idea (spread the price across all models), and I actually like the antiquated antenna, kind of a throwback. I just hope it has premium ride control, it IS a Fusion at the end of the day...
Apr 3rd, 2012 7:16pm
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DUB160A4 DUB160A4
This looks damn Good!!! The Antenna is a No Go though!!
Apr 3rd, 2012 6:39pm
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autoficianado autoficianado
Its better but I see Ford raiding Volvos styling...this car definitely reminds me of a Volvo...
Apr 3rd, 2012 5:30pm
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Cohiba-lover06 Cohiba-lover06
Chris Bangle butt revival? Now that BMW finally came to their senses, Lincoln picked up that hot potatoe. Why?
Apr 3rd, 2012 5:09pm
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Jorge_has_A3_TDI Jorge_has_A3_TDI
Is the antenna retractable?
Apr 3rd, 2012 2:28pm
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nahidrahman nahidrahman
looks like a screw on one
Apr 3rd, 2012 3:09pm
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Jorge_has_A3_TDI Jorge_has_A3_TDI
Negative ratings...There are Lincoln fan boys?! LOL!
Apr 3rd, 2012 6:55pm
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nahidrahman nahidrahman
wasn't me, but probably because it looks so obvious that it isn't retractable
Apr 4th, 2012 3:04pm
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CatZura CatZura
The 90's called. They want their antenna back.
Apr 3rd, 2012 2:16pm
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nahidrahman nahidrahman
looks like the 2.0 doesnt have it, but the 3.7 does. probably something to do with additional equipment anyway
Apr 3rd, 2012 3:09pm
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camerong camerong
cheep for a LINCOLN huh!!!!!!!!!!????
Apr 6th, 2012 7:12pm
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This long narrow tail light ruins the back.
Apr 3rd, 2012 1:50pm
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nahidrahman nahidrahman
they're actually pretty nice.
Apr 3rd, 2012 3:08pm
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camerong camerong
that is lincolns signiture thing
Apr 6th, 2012 7:11pm
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lay0027 lay0027
So when the panoramic glass roof is retracted, you cant see from the back? great.
Apr 3rd, 2012 12:59pm
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nahidrahman nahidrahman
you probably can, given the angle of the roof, you'll be seeing through the bottom half of the rear screen anyway
Apr 3rd, 2012 3:08pm
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wbizarre wbizarre
also, the roof is glass.
Apr 3rd, 2012 6:56pm
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camerong camerong
um THINK they are BOTH GLASS glass is SEETHROUGH duhdur
Apr 6th, 2012 7:10pm
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