Although the new 2017 Lincoln MKZ has proved to be a hard-sell in the past compared with more refined entry-level luxury sedan rivals, Lincoln hopes that its newest MKZ will be able to regain its lost glory thanks to its eye-catching design, abundant standard features, and high fuel economy ratings. Its release date should be expected sometime in the middle of next year.
Some couple of years ago, Lincoln was once of the most sought after nameplate in its segment, but these has dwindled recently and Lincoln has made a resolve to earnestly put in measures to turn around its nameplate fortunes by infusing more contemporary technologies, designs, and materials into the MKZ.
Also, Lincoln has had to make concerted efforts to differentiate its models from Ford’s on which their mechanical underpinnings are based. The MKZ, in particular, was successfully able to distinguish itself from the Fusion which it is based on through offering a unique exterior and interior styling and interior appointments. The result has been a more desirable Lincoln MKZ, and that continues also into 2017.
Beneath its skin, however, the MKZ continues to be a Fusion. Its road manners and performance in particular. Under its hood are two engines: a V6, a four-cylinder, and a hybrid powertrain. The latter being offered by the MKZ Hybrid. Ride and handling character mirror those of a luxury sedan, as is the interior technologies and materials.
The interior is inviting and appealing, and offers some of the latest equipment. The seats are supportive and comfortable and make great companions in occasional country trips. The infotainment system is easy to use and offers a faster response rate unlike in the previous model.
Given its age, though. It’s natural to spot some grey areas. The overall interior refinement is largely underwhelming, the audio and control systems are dated, while the interior space is limited relative to what other midsize luxury sedans offer.
Trim Options – 2017 Lincoln MKZ
Two trim levels are offered for the 2017 Lincoln MKZ: Black Label and Base. The MKZ Hybrid review is offered elsewhere on this blog.
Exterior Pics & 2017 Lincoln MKZ Interior Redesign
According to pictures from our spy photographers, we should expect the following colors: Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Black Velvet. Guard Metallic, White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat, Bronze Fire Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Luxe Metallic, Ingot Silver Metallic, and Magnetic Metallic. Mild changes should be expected on its release date.
Some of the standard equipment the base MKZ offers include driver memory settings, automatic dual-zone climate control, adaptive LED headlights, 18” wheels, full power accessories, rear folding 60/40-split seats, side-view power-folding mirrors, rearview auto-dimming mirrors, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition, LED taillights and headlights, eight-way heated front seats, adaptive suspension dampers, and cruise control.
Inside you get USB inputs, an 11-speaker sound system, rear parking sensors, an eight-inch MyLincoln Touch system, a CD player, and a rearview camera.
Options available for the base MKZ (also called Premiere) include HD radio, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, a blind-spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alerts, a navigation system, a tilt-and-telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel, driver-side auto-dimming mirror, and headlight surround accent lighting.
Opting for the MKZ Black Label gets you four premium interior design color schemes, designer wood trims, special leather upholstery, exclusive exterior colors, adaptive cruise control, hill start assist, pedestrian detection system, and lane-departure warning and mitigation.
2017 Lincoln MKZ Engine Specs & Fuel Economy
Three engine choices power up the 2017 Lincoln MKZ: a 240-horsepower- and 170 lbs. ft. of torque – generating 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a 2.0L four-cylinder paired to an electric motor rated at 188 horsepower, and a an optional 3.7L V6 engine good for 300 horsepower and 277 pounds-ft. of torque.
The mills are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission system and a front wheel drive. The AWD is optional.
Fuel economy for the base 2.0L four-cylinder engine checks in at 22/33/26 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the FWD, and 22/31/25 mpg with the AWD.
0-60 mph with the V6 paired with the FWD and automatic combo takes 6 seconds – an average time in the segment. Here is the list of 0-60 times for many Lincoln cars.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 4.2 in. (112.2 in.)
Length: 194.1 in
Width: 73.4 in
Passenger volume: 96.5 ft³
Cargo volume: 15.4 ft³
Curb weight: 3719 lbs
Top Speed: N/A
0-60: 6 sec
MPG: 22/33 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Black Velvet, Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Ingot Silver Metallic, Jade Green Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Midnight Sapphire Blue Metallic, Palladium White Gold Metallic, Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
2017 Lincoln MKZ Release Date & Price
The 2017 MKZ Sedan price should be expected to start from an MSRP of about $35,190, and a similar price for the 2017 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. They should be expected to hit dealerships sometime in the middle of 2017.