Lincoln MKZ Concept was like a shadow in the front of the 2013 Ford Fusion

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 16, 2012

The vehicle that was the most discussed at the Detroit Auto Show is the 2013 Ford Fusion. The exterior styling is what would catch people’s attention first and even upon closer inspection, it doesn’t have a bad line anywhere. On the other hand, the MKZ concept sedan from Lincoln is said to be its fraternal twin as they share Ford's new mid-sized, front-wheel drive, global platform.

This MKZ was supposed to be a reinvention but there was no hint of that. The problem it is that its front and rear overhangs seem to be identical and the wheelbase also seems to be the same.

There is a marked difference from General Motors’ vehicles such as the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, 2012 Buick LaCrosse and the 2013 Cadillac XTS that are all built on GM's front-wheel-drive Epsilon vehicle platform but have different dimensions. The overall length differs among the sedans, even the wheelbase. There are various lengths for the front and rear overhangs. This is why the silhouette on each car is unique.

There’s also a question on whether the Fusion or the MKZ first had this sloping roofline. They also both have a three-window side treatment. While it is an appealing roofline, this won’t be distinctive when the MKX comes out.

The opinion is divided on the revised split-wing grille. There are those who like but it will probably be replaced with a new approach since this design feature had disappointed many. Ford has to be aggressive for it to make a comeback in the luxury segment. In fact, BMW and Mercedes outperform Lincoln by 3-to-1 on Lincoln's own turf. Meanwhile, Cadillac does better than its domestic rival by a 2-to-1 margin.

When it comes to the Lincoln MKZ Concept, it is clearly a study in style considering that it utilizes the newest midsize platform. As such, it is able to make use of various powertrain choices be it in an all-wheel-drive set-up or a front-wheel-drive configuration. Two significant features in the MKZ Concept are the Continuously Controlled Damping that allows for suspension to be adjusted and the Lincoln Drive Control.

These features are not new though as these have been first show with the MKS and even with the MKT with EcoBoost. Other features in its advanced interior include the tiered and open console and the liquid crystal instrumentation. There is even the push-button feature for the transmission gear selection. In front of the driver is the 10.1-inch reconfigurable Thin Film Transistor LCD which can be operated through the MyLincoln Touch. This MyLincoln Touch is also what operates the 8-inch LCD screen with touch capability and flush-mounted in the center.

On the interior, one can see the use of poplar wood finish, wood guaranteed to be harvested responsibly. There is also the satin and bright aluminum finish. This theme, when matched with leather, results in a sculptural interior space that is comfortable and luxurious. The leather seats have a champagne color and come with dark taupe highlights that put the spotlight on its champagne perforation design.

This description is apt as the punctures seen on the backs of the seats remind one of the champagne bubbles going up from the bottom portion of a wine glass. Overall, the interior of this four-seat vehicle is not only warm and open but inviting as well. Wolff revealed that the graphic on the front section is the same as those seen in the instrument panel and its dramatic sweep.

This ensures that the exterior is connected to the interior, he added. Wolff continued by saying that the flowing forms ensure that the interior becomes functional and comfortable, qualities that are sure to appeal to the demographic the company is targeting which are young and diverse.

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