2013 Lincoln MKZ – The New Ford Fusion?
Published October 23, 2012
When I look at the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, I can’t help but see a beefed up version of the Ford Fusion. Perhaps it is because these companies work together, or perhaps it was based on the success of the Ford Fusion as a whole. Whatever the reason is, I was hoping that Lincoln could offer more than just a beefed up version of another brand name vehicle. Perhaps there’s more to the 2013 Lincoln MKZ than that meets the eye – let’s take a look and see if it is indeed, more than just an upgrade.
Looking at the car in person, you can see that not much has changed between the concept version that was displayed in January 2011 at the Detroit Auto Show and its production design. Exterior design shows that the rear mirror has been lengthened in an attempt to create a vehicle that is more aerodynamic than prior versions. It also features a newer grille – a split-wing one that is more appealing to the eye than the 2012 model. Steering input controls the headlights, allowing them to move with the car, and the rear lights are LED and are full-width in size.
Take a gander inside the 2013 Lincoln MKZ and you quickly begin to realize that you are no longer in Kansas (read: inside a Ford). All of the features that define Lincoln and separate the entity from Ford is apparent. They have integrated the MyLincoln touch system and the center stack – what a beauty it is – along with an 8” touch screen interface.
The instrument panel is now a whopping 10.1” and features all of the instrument panel necessities. Voice activate of the infotainment system is possible too, adding another touch of convenience.
Perhaps the most impressive feature on the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, however, is the retractable glass roof that makes this car look absolutely elegant. The kicker is Lincoln assures us that the safety of the car is not compromised in any manner and the car’s rigidity is that as though it had a steel construction on top instead of a glass one.
The 2013 Lincoln MKZ sedan comes in the conventional style engine or a hybrid version. The 2.0L Ecoboost turbo four is the standard engine offering that has an output of 240 HP. The hybrid boasts a gas-electric internal combustion engine with a maximum output of 188 HP. If you want more power, you can opt for the 3.7L V6 with an output of 300 HP, but you will sacrifice your gas mileage if you do so – an appropriate price to pay, I concur.
Both of these engines in the 2013 Lincoln MKZ are six-speed automatic versions and you are able to choose whether you want front-wheel or all-wheel drive. As of right now, the 2013 model has yet to be released, but according to Lincoln’s website, it should be coming very soon.
Categories: Production Cars