2012 New York Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The redesigned 2013 Lincoln MKZ sedan goes on sale later this year, with all-new sheet metal, a choice of gasoline or hybrid powertrains and a raft of cutting-edge technologies.
- The 2013 MKZ features a number of camera- and radar-based driving aids.
- The standard transmission gearshift lever has been replaced by a push-button shift unit.
NEW YORK — The redesigned 2013 Lincoln MKZ sedan goes on sale later this year, with all-new sheet metal, a choice of gasoline or hybrid powertrains and a raft of cutting-edge technologies. Introduced as a concept earlier this year at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, the 2013 MKZ goes on sale later this year.
The 2013 MKZ, a companion to the redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion, offers such features as adaptive headlamps, a retractable panoramic glass roof and active noise control, as well as the latest version of Ford's Sync infotainment system with MyLincoln Touch.
Engine choices include a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and a 300-hp 3.7-liter V6, both coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and a new push-button gear selector that replaces the conventional gearshift lever. Either engine can be ordered with front- or all-wheel drive. The MKZ Hybrid combines an electric motor with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine and is coupled with a continuously variable automatic transmission.
The 2013 MKZ also will have one of the most advanced safety portfolios in its class, with such standard and available systems as Lane Keeping Aid, Lane Keeping Alert, Driver Assist, Active Park Assist, a Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Brake Support. Another exclusive option is inflatable rear seatbelts.
A new system called Lincoln Drive Control automatically synchronizes the performance of the continuously controlled damping, adjustable suspension, electric power-assisted steering, engine, transmission, traction control and stability control systems.
An extensive redesign of the cabin includes premium-grade leather with wood trim, a new instrument panel, a multilevel console, a pair of LCD screens, air filtration and a choice of entertainment systems, including a 700-watt THX II audio system with 14 speakers.
Edmunds.com says: A looker, now that the over-the-top grille has been toned down.