Think only your grandparents drive Lincolns? You are probably right, but that will change now. Ford has done a great job with reimaging the Lincoln brand, and it coughed up the 2013 Lincoln MKZ. Read more after the jump.
Exterior: The first thing you will notice with the 2013 MKZ is the grille in the front, and then the headlights. The grille reminds me of angel wings, and the lights are very angular. Also, it seems that the MKZ will be following the “four door coupe” that other automakers have been recently doing. The taillights have LEDs in them, and there is now a panoramic sun roof that can retract. This glass is rated at 100 SPF, meaning you can drive the car onto the beach and be safe from those UV rays.
Interior: You won’t find much plastic in this luxury car! Lincoln is using really high quality leather, real metal and real wood, and more. You will find a big LCD screen in the center console, which is used for the MyLincoln Touch interface (similar to MyFord) and it will also be able to slide down when not used.
Power: You will have three options to choose from here: Ecoboost 2.0 liter I4 with a turbocharged 240 HP and 270 lb-ft of torque for the base, or you can get the 3.7 liter V6 at 300 HP and 277 lb-ft of torque. The EcoBoost engine will get 22/33 MPG in the front wheel drive version, and the 3.7 liter AWD version will get 18/26 MPG. Both engines will have six-speed automatic.
Lastly, you can have the hybrid, which has the 2.0 liter I4 with the electric motor. You will get 188 HP with both engines, or 141 HP with the gas engine running alone. The CVT transmission comes with this option. Expect a great 41/36 MPG. Yes, the city MPG is higher than the highway MPG, as the electric motor can do more work at lower speeds.
Our Opinion: While there is no pricing figures yet, expect the competition to be from the Audi A7 and the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. Pretty tough competition to beat, but this Lincoln seems ready. It already beat both of those cars with the mileage, and will likely do so with pricing as well. However, it will lack on performance.