Lincoln reveals 2013 MKZ mid-size luxury sedan

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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This spring's New York International Auto Show served as the venue for Lincoln's introduction of its revised 2013 MKZ mid-size luxury sedan. The second-generation MKZ is the first Lincoln to be designed by a dedicated team at the Lincoln Design Studio, and it goes on sale later this year.

The sleek bodywork makes for a vehicle that is 10 percent more aerodynamic than its predecessor, and it comes outfitted with several modern accoutrements. Up front, there are LED headlights that swivel in relation to the steering wheel angle, making for greater visibility around corners. At the rear there are LED taillights as well, while up top the 2013 MKZ features a retractable glass panoramic roof.

As with other luxury vehicles, the 2013 MKZ's interior amenities include wood and metal-toned surfaces and of course premium-grade leather seats. A unique touch is that the Lincoln features a five-button interface in place of a traditional shift lever for the transmission. The push-button shift system uses "Park," "Neutral," "Reverse," "Drive," and "Sport" buttons along the centre stack, just right of the steering wheel.

Positioned in front of the driver is a 10.1-inch LCD instrument cluster that operates with the MKZ's standard Sync and MyLincoln Touch in-vehicle information and entertainment systems, and there's also an eight-inch LCD touch screen positioned on the centre stack. For 2013, the MKZ features an 11-speaker audio system as standard equipment, while a 14-speaker, 700-watt THX II certified audio system is optional.

Safety technologies include a rearview camera, a lane keeping system, a blind spot information system, adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support. There are even inflatable second-row outboard seatbelts that supplement the eight standard airbags.

For 2013, the MKZ will feature a choice of three engines: a 240 horsepower 2.0-litre 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine; a 300 horsepower 3.7-litre V6 engine; and a 2.0-litre hybrid-electric option. The hybrid-electric variant will use a continuously variable transmission (CVT), while the two conventional gas engines will be mated to six-speed automatic transmissions. Front-wheel drive is standard, with available all-wheel drive.

"The new Lincoln MKZ represents the future of Lincoln in both style and substance," said Jim Farley, Lincoln's group vice president of 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."
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Topics: Luxury Sedan, Lincoln, 2013, MKZ, Midsize,

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