The Lincoln MKZ is a midsize entry level luxury sedan that offers the type of performance and amenities that define a premium automobile. Lincoln has targeted the MKZ toward a new generation of buyers that want modern styling combined with the comfort and refinement associated with the Lincoln brand. While utilizing the highly successful Ford Fusion platform, the chassis of the MKZ has modified springs, bushings and shocks that are fine tuned for a comfortable ride and precise handling. 2010 also saw the introduction of a hybrid version of the MKZ.
Lincoln incorporated the award winning 3.5 liter DOHC Duratec engine into the MKZ. The all-aluminum power plant delivers 263 horsepower and 249 lb-ft of torque while integrating intake variable cam timing for smooth idling and impressive acceleration. Available in both front wheel drive and all wheel drive configurations, the MKZ has a standard six speed SelectShift automatic transmission. The MKZ hybrid includes a 2.5 liter, four cylinder gas engine along with an electric motor that produces a combined 191 horsepower. Fuel economy for the base model is 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, while the hybrid achieves an astonishing 36 mpg city and 41 mpg highway. The MKZ was designed by the Lincoln Product Development team and is manufactured in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
The Zephyr name was originally introduced by Ford as a Mercury product in 1978. The Mercury Zephyr was a compact car sold in North America and was based on the famous Fox" platform that Ford used extensively until 2004. The Zephyr was also sold exclusively under the Ford name in England from 1950 to 1972, and appeared as a four door, six cylinder sedan. Reintroduced in 2005, the Lincoln Zephyr only existed for one model year as Ford changed the name of the car to conform to their new "M" based branding strategy. Subsequent models have seen advances in equipment and refinements, but the platform and appearance of the MKZ have not changed significantly.
The MKZ incorporates the now familiar Lincoln waterfall split grille that is positioned between quad projector beam headlights. The vehicle comes with 18 inch wheels and an acoustic laminated windshield to reduce noise. The numerous luxury appointments include Bridge of Weiss leather, heated and cooled 10 way power seats with memory, 11 speaker stereo system, and Sync in Car Connectivity. Many other optional upgrades are available through the Ultimate Package such as the Voice-activated Navigation System, rear view camera, and Blind Spot Information System.
The Lincoln MKZ was the second-highest performing vehicle in a 2011 J.D. Power and Associates' Vehicle Dependability Study. The hybrid version of the MKZ received the 2010 Global Green USA's award for design innovation.
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