Although when we got a chance to see the 2017 Lincoln MKZ, it was heavily covered in camouflage, there were certain things about the vehicle that were immediately apparent. The wheels and everything between them do not seem to have been changed. The front fascia on the other hand and headlights as well as hood seem to have been tweaked slightly to make the mid-sized luxury sedan conform with the looks of the recently released Continental, which was seen as a concept at the New York Auto Show this year.
2017 Lincoln MKZ Exterior and Interior
The new 2017 Lincoln MKZ certainly has a lot of flounce and it also has its own design features that help to set the vehicle apart. Gone is the grille design that has been seen on virtually every other Lincoln model. In addition, Lincoln also seems to be thinking about changing the face of the MKZ to make it look more like that of the Continental. The time is certainly right for the automaker to refresh its MKZ. We know that the MKZ will continue to have the same underpinnings as before. Also, the headlights will not look the same as on earlier models. Gone is the sweeping look and the headlights are also not as tapered as earlier models. LEDs are used in the headlights and the lower fascia does not have as many features as before. The taillights do not seem to have been changed though the exhaust pipes are not of the same shape as before. Overall, the tail looks pretty similar to that of earlier models. The most distinguishing features of the tail are its taillights.
The wheels of the MKZ also seem to be different. Inside the cabin, one of the major changes to the interiors should involve the introduction of physical buttons instead of the capacitive controls. In addition, Ford will also offer an excellent infotainment system.
2017 Lincoln MKZ Engine Specs
Under the hood, things may become slightly tricky. A 2.0-liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine powers the current model. A 4-cylinder hybrid engine is also offered. Both these engines have already been used on the Ford Fusion. A third engine option will also be available. This is the more powerful 3.7-liter V6 engine. To make the 2017 Lincoln MKZ more distinctive Lincoln may think about transitioning the MKZ by changing the optional V6 engine for a more powerful 2.3-liter engine that is capable of producing 285 horsepower. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine delivers better fuel economy and at the same time it also produces sufficient power. With Ford introducing both the 9-speed and 10-speed transmissions soon, we expect that the new MKZ will also be using these transmissions.
2017 Lincoln MKZ Release Date and Price
We don’t expect the 2017 Lincoln MKZ to arrive before the latest Continental, which will be introduced sometime next year. Most probably, the MKZ will make its debut at that 2016 Detroit Auto Show in January 2016. A few months later the car should be available in dealerships. The base price of the MKZ should remain pretty much the same as for the current model. So, don’t expect the price to be less than 36,000 dollars for the base model.