Last Tuesday, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ was seen taking the road of Traverse City in Michigan by AutoWeek reader Jon McCrary. What’s striking about the image is that the luxury sedan was seen with its predecessor. Thus, readers can see the apparent difference between the two models.
In fact, the side-by-side comparison makes the current generation MKZ a bit like a glorified Ford Fusion. Although the 2013 Lincoln MKZ shares a platform with Ford Fusion, it is longer and wider than its predecessor.
More 2013 Lincoln MKZ in the Wild
Prior to this, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ model was spotted on the road last June. Aside from a few missing badges on the tail, the car looks ready for production. However, it was seen perched on a flatbed rather than taking the road on its own. In addition, the production version of the vehicle debuted at the New York auto show last April.
Features, Price, and Availability
It was reported that the 2013 Lincoln MKZ will feature a panoramic glass roof and the MyLincoln Touch. The panoramic glass roof offers a remarkable view and fills the cabin with natural light. Because of visionary engineering, users can also opt to retract the roof to bring the outside in.
On the other hand, the car manufacturer’s MyLincoln Touch is seamlessly integrated in the vehicle, with the world-class leather and wood, as well as accent lights that line the interior. The vehicle also features standard LED head and tail lamps, which can light up faster and last longer than a conventional bulb.
The car’s power will come from a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, a 3.7-liter V6, or a hybrid drivetrain with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder. As for its interior, it is inspired by the graceful lines of manta ray. It also features an electronic shifter that frees the center console and gives an open space.
In July, the automaker confirmed that its upcoming luxury sedan will get a base sticker price of $36,800. Aside from the shipping charges, that price also includes turbo four-cylinder that can produce 240 hp, adjustable suspension, and push-button shift for the automatic transmission. As for the hybrid edition, it also carries the same price tag.
The vehicle’s base price brings it a few thousands above the Ford Fusion—its fully loaded mechanical twin that comes in at $32,995. It is also expected that the 2013 Lincoln MKZ will become available later this year.