2017 Lincoln MKZ redesign, price, changes – The Lincoln MKZ is a mid-size luxury sedan which has been around for nearly 10 years now. The current model has been launched alongside the Fusion and just like the Fusion, it uses the same platform as well as a very similar running gear. This makes it a bit of a hard choice to get mostly because of its base price of nearly $36,000, more than $10,000 more than the Fusion. While it would not be a problem if the new Lincoln MKZ 2017 would be $10,000 better, the current MKZ is nothing more than just a different looking Fusion and just because that it did not sell as good as Lincoln hoped.
2017 Lincoln MKZ changes
In order change that, the 2017 Lincoln MKZ will be a quite different car. Firstly, Lincoln decided that they want to be a premium luxury car manufacturer, so the similarities between their models and those from Ford are going to be a lot less noticeable. The new MKZ is in fact expected to be a more luxurious and refined automobile than the current model which will get new engines, a new running gear which will now be tweaked by Lincoln as well as a more premium look.
2017 Lincoln MKZ redesign
Many thought that the model would be discontinued in the near future but this has been dismissed by Lincoln. In fact, the new Lincoln MKZ 2017 has been spied testing on the open roads and the end result might just be better than everyone hoped mostly because this is going to be an all new car and not just a mid-life facelift. The usual twin-piece grille of the car is here to stay but everything else will change. It seems that the MKZ will borrow a lot of design elements from the Lincoln Continental concept car such as the classier body shape and a more aggressive front end but unlike the Continental the MKZ will feature an arched roof-line which will make it a bit sportier than the current model.
Inside the 2017 Lincoln MKZ many things are going to change as well. At first, the Fusion-like interior of the car is going to be gone and replaced with something more stylish and premium. The dashboard will be made out of leather and soft touch materials, the seats will offer a lot more comfort and in the base model they may even include ventilation as well as heating. However, unlike the older model, the new MKZ will offer less space for the rear seats due to the lower roof-line.
New Lincoln MKZ 2017 specs
Engine wise, the base version of the new Lincoln MKZ 2017 will make use of the same 2.0 liter turbocharged inline 4 engine from the previous model which is good for 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque which is only adequate. The bigger and more powerful 3.7 liter V6 on the other hand is very likely going to be discontinued and replaced with the 2.3 liter EcoBoost from the Mustang. This could make up to 290 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque which is a bit more than the V6, all while offering a better fuel consumption. The drawback is that this particular engine will likely suffer from turbo-lag which is a bit of a shame for a premium car like the MKZ.
The good part is that the old 6 speed automatic is very likely going to be replaced with a new 9 speed automatic gearbox which has been in development for quite some time. This will be lighter and it should provide a smoother experience, all while offering better acceleration times and a better fuel consumption. Just like with the older model, front wheel drive is going to be standard on the 2.0 liter engine while all wheel drive will be available as an option on the base model of the 2017 Lincoln MKZ and it will be offered as standard on the 2.3 liter engine, a nice plus over the previous car.