Lincoln has always been Ford’s luxury brand, but over time its cars and trucks gradually became mostly spin-offs of Ford products. Realizing it was losing some of its prestige, Ford officials decided to revive the brand with some all-new, uniquely designed vehicles. The first one to be produced by the revamped Lincoln Motor Car division is the mid-sized MKZ.

Technically based on the Ford Fusion platform, the all-new MKZ bears no resemblance to the parent Fusion, what with its typically Lincoln-esque front end and swooping roof that can open almost completely. The Lincoln MKZ buyer can choose between a powerful turbocharged four-cylinder in-line engine; a strong V-6; or a technically advanced hybrid system that includes a four-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor. Where the latter is linked to a CVT transmission, the other engines rely upon the more traditional six-speed automatic gearbox with front- or allwheel drive. This really seems like a recipe for success for Lincoln!

BRAND: Lincoln
Mid-sized luxury sedan
WEIGHT: 3,713 lbs.
LENGTH: 194”
ENGINE: 2.0 L; L-4
turbo; 240 hp / 2.0 L; L-
4 hybrid-electric; 141 hp
/ 3.7 L; V-6; 300 hp
6-speed / CVT automatic; front- or all-wheel

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