Making its global debut at the New York Auto Show is the 2013 Lincoln MKZ sedan that’s said to have been subjected to a redesign that will preview the future vision of the luxury brand. Many have remarked that the 2013 MKS sedan is not as sexy as the MKZ, which has made its debut and is already being shipped to showrooms.
The MKZ will start delivery towards the end of the year. A generous array of new electronic technologies is offered on both cars. Platforms are shared by all Lincoln cars and crossovers and their more common Ford counterparts. However, other luxury brands such as Mercedes and BMW don't need to share platforms with volume sister brands since their platforms are all dedicated ones.
But now, Lincoln’s engineers are confident of their technological expertise to put Lincolns into the same performance level as costly luxury imports but without having to do imitations.
Lincoln is aiming for its cars to be "refined and engaging" – merging the subtle and luxurious feel of Lexus and the BMW’s sporty Teutonic features. If BMW’s alphanumeric method of naming its cars confuses you, just note that the MKZ (which was preceded by the MKZephyr) is the mid-sized luxury sedan and will use the same platform as the mid-sized Ford Fusion.
The MKS (preceded by the MKSable) is Lincoln's full-sized luxury sedan and shares a platform with the Ford Taurus, says Autonews. These exclusive technologies from Lincoln would be first featured on the MKS such as the Continuously Controlled Damping, which tracks and adjusts the suspension up to 500 times per second to prevent the car from wallowing in corners.
Lincoln also offers the Continuously Controlled Damping works with Lincoln Drive Control, which gives drivers the chance to choose from the comfort, normal and sport modes.
Inside the new Lincoln MKZ, all of the seating surfaces have been wrapped in pliable and luxurious leather. With the use of wood, harvested responsibly of course, combined with the metal-toned surfaces, the interior gets that feel of comfort and luxury. The interior of the 2013 Lincoln MKZ further reveals a number of technological features and a host of innovations.
For example, there is now a more modern five-button interface instead of the usual mechanical transmission shift lever. This new feature is dubbed as the Push Button Shift with the different buttons that include Neutral, Park, and Reverse.
The remaining two are forward gears: the Drive mode and Sport mode. By having this new transmission, the design team was able to come out with a multi-level center console that is more sculpted and offers more in terms of functional storage areas. To ensure that the cabin is quiet, the Active Noise Control, which is electronically controlled, controls the frequencies in order to lower the intensity.
So that the driving experience is refined further, the other frequencies are improved, albeit subtly. Going back to the innovations, a 10.1-inch instrument cluster has been placed in front of the driver.
Sporting an LCD and full color, it comes with the latest SYNC that has the MyLincoln Touch. The design shows that it has the Thin Film Transistor LCD, which is reconfigurable and has been framed with the dimensional indicator rings.
Another important part of the MyLincoln Touch is the 8-inch flush-mounted LCD touch screen where information is displayed through the easily identified color-coded quadrants. Other luxurious features, fitted as standard, are the audiophile entertainment system which has 11 speakers.
As mentioned previously, there is the Active Noise Control, cabin air filtration, remote start capabilities, and the plus heated seats in the front. For the driver’s seat in particular, it will also feature 10-way power controls. Commenting on this, Lincoln Design Director Max Wolff revealed that the way the instrument panel shows a dramatic sweep clearly mirrors that of the graphic seen on the front section of the exterior.
This manages to link the interior with the exterior in a balanced manner, he added. The flowing forms, combined with the open center console, he continued, results in the interior having a functional and comfortable feel. Wolff continued by saying that this will hopefully make it more appealing to a more diverse and younger group of drivers.