MKZ Concept

With the new 2013 Lincoln MKZ, Lincoln has avoided the usual concept trend of making concepts look nothing like the norm.

The exterior styling of this new MKZ, unveiled earlier this month at the New York Auto Show, is nearly identical to the MKZ concept Lincoln showed back in January at the Detroit auto show. Heck, even the massive, 15.2 square-foot retractable glass sunroof made the production cut! (And, believe me, if back in January you had bet it would, you’d now be collecting a lot of winnings from the assembled auto scribes.)

But there’s more than a humongous glass top to the 2013 MKZ’s remarkable look — the first vehicle, by the way, entirely drawn by new Lincoln design chief Max Wolff and his crew at equally new Lincoln design studios.

Perhaps most notable, beyond that smoked lid — which, we should note, is rated 100 SPF to ensure passengers won’t get toasted — is MKZ’s grille. It remains split, but now it’s narrower than before while boasting chrome bars that run horizontally rather than vertically. The result is a far more sophisticated look — like spread wings rather than a toothy dental appliance.

It all meshes quite nicely, indeed, with MKZ’s far more aerodynamic profile.

Inside, Lincoln has loaded MKZ with technology, in part hoping that all the gizmos, much like the exterior styling, will lure well-heeled younger buyers to a brand many now consider about as hip as accordion music.

For example, positioned ahead of the driver, in lieu of traditional analog dials, is a 10-inch LCD instrument cluster. In its center is a reconfigurable Thin Film Transistor (TFT) screen. Furthermore, in the center console is an 8-inch LCD touch screen featuring Ford Motor Co.’s well-received SYNC infotainment interface and the latest version of the company’s much maligned — and now much improved — MyLincoln Touch multi-function control system.

Also, sure to wow those too young to remember the push-button TorqueFlite transmission of the 1956 Chrysler Imperial, is MKZ’s “five-button shift interface” — a, you guessed it, push-button gear selector that replaces a shift lever. That feature also freed up floor-console space, allowing interior designers to create a unique, multi-level center console with more storage areas.

This MKZ will debut with three drivetrain options: 2.0-liter, 240-hp, EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder that mates to a six-speed automatic with a paddle-shift manual mode; a 3.7-liter, 300-hp, naturally aspirated V-6, which buttons to the same transmission; and a hybrid model with a gas I-4, electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack.

The turbo-four and V-6 can be had with front- or all-wheel drive. The hybrid is front-drive only.

It’s no secret that Lincoln has long been an also-ran in the luxury segment, lagging behind not only import luxury brands but, also, getting its lunch handed to it by Detroit rival Cadillac. In fact, it’s gotten so bad there was even scuttlebutt that Ford might euthanize the brand, as it did with Mercury.

Ain’t gonna happen, said Jim Farley, Ford vice president of global marketing.

“The new Lincoln MKZ represents the future of Lincoln in both style and substance,” Farley said. “It is proof of our commitment to deliver a new breed of Lincolns for a new generation of Lincoln clients — motor cars that are distinctive, elegant, full of technology and a delight to own.”

Look for the new MKZ to arrive later this year. No prices yet, but a base price in the low 40s is a pretty good guess.

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MyLincoln Touch

 

Over the next few weeks, Lincoln will be mailing the Performance Upgrade USB drive to all MyLincoln Touch owners with an upgrade-ready system.

Owners who receive the Performance Upgrade in the mail have everything they need to get started. Those who have vehicles equipped with Navigation will also receive a replacement SD card, which is required to complete the upgrade.

So why upgrade? Some of the benefits of upgrading the MyLincoln Touch are a faster system, easier controls, tablet compatibility, simpler graphics, enhanced voice recognition, and support for audible.com audiobooks. And if your vehicle is equipped with Navigation, the upgrade will provide you with updated map views, richer graphics, more 3-D landmarks, and photo-realistic freeway images.

If you haven’t received the upgrade yet, keep calm! It may still be on its way! Upgrades will be sent throughout the month. If you haven’t gotten it by the end of the month, call Lincoln at 800.392.4040 for further assistance.

Or, if your vehicle is not equipped with Navigation, you can use your own USB drive to download the upgrade now. But you will need an empty USB drive with at LEAST 2GB of space. The download requires a SYNC Owner account, which is free to all SYNC owners!

Click here for the download!

Here’s the steps to take for the download that is sent to you:

1. Start your vehicle and turn on your audio system. Both must remain running throughout the upgrade process, which could possibly last up to 60 minutes.

2. Insert the Performance Upgrade USB drive into your vehicle’s media hub. The system will upgrade automatically.

3. After the installation is complete, touch “OK” and remove the USB drive.

4. Remember, if your vehicle is equipped with an SD Navigation system, replace the SD card with the one you received in the mail to install new navigation map data. After you have finished the upgrade, you’ll need to pair your phone, download your phonebook, and re-enter any saved Navigation points. Also, be sure to bring the USB drive back to your computer to confirm your upgrade using your SYNC Owner account.

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2013 MKS at the Chicago Auto Show

In this video, Megan Gillam, marketing director for Lincoln, talks about what the new MKS means for Chicago.

The big Lincoln sedan has been given a mid-cycle refresh that includes upgraded power, a newly refined suspension and a restyled beak. The 3.7-liter V6 now boasts 300 horsepower, 26 more than the 2012 model. Despite this welcome infusion of grunt, Lincoln tells us that this big sedan now gets three more miles per gallon. A base V6 MKS will achieve an estimated 19 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The EcoBoost 3.5-liter engine will continue to output 355 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

Check out these photos of the 2013 MKS at the Chicago Auto Show!

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MKZ Sedan Concept

Another auto show another promise from Ford to reignite interest in its underperforming Lincoln brand. This time the place is the upcoming 2012 Detroit Motor Show and the product is a concept model that will preview the next generation of Lincoln’s MKZ mid-size sedan.

Along with the new study, Ford says it plans to highlight the relaunch of its struggling luxury brand with a new display area at the Cobo Center in Detroit, which will be 50 percent larger than last year and feature an art gallery with art and decor by artist Chuck Hoberman.

“This is the biggest statement Lincoln has ever made at an auto show,” Max Wolff, Lincoln’s director of design, told the Detroit Free Press in a statement. “Our NAIAS display represents more than a vehicle debut. It represents the reinvention of Lincoln.”

Though Lincoln didn’t reveal any more details on the MKZ study, the mid-size sedan will share its platform architecture with the next Ford Fusion that will debut in production form in Detroit and its European counterpart, the Mondeo. And like its Ford sibling, it will continue to use a front-wheel-drive platform with all-wheel drive likely to be offered as an option.

Lincoln has said that it will introduce seven brand new or significantly updated models by 2014. At the recent L.A. Auto Show, the company revealed the facelifted versions of the MKS sedan and MKT crossover.

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Lincoln MKX 2012

The Lincoln MKX 2012, a new crossover car has a luxurious and innovative technology. 2012 Lincoln MKX offers several features that will provide convenience and comfort in driving. Lincoln MKX also comes with a powerful V6 engine. No one if the new car is now one of the great choices for crossover cars. 2012 Lincoln MKX this time only available in the basic model, perhaps other models of the Lincoln MKX will soon follow.

2012 Lincoln MKX features include keyless ignition / entry, rear parking sensors, auto dimming mirrors, MyKey system, a power liftgate, dual zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated power front seats, driver memory function, tilt steering column and telescoping, and electronic MyLincoln Touch Sync interface system, Bluetooth, iPod interface, 10 speaker sound system with CD player, satellite radio, USB port, audio jacks and an additional SD card reader.

2012 Lincoln MKX also offers several package options, such as the Lincoln MKX Premium Package and the Elite PackageLincoln MKX Premium Package adds features adaptivexenon headlamps, rain sensing wipers, rearview camera, interior mood lighting, power adjustable heated steering wheel, upgraded leather upholstery and heated second row seats.

While the Lincoln MKX Elite Package adds panoramic sunroof feature, blind spot warning system, a 14 speaker surround sound audio system, HD radio and the hard drive basednavigation system that has 10GB of digital music storage and Sirius Travel link.

2012 Lincoln MKX interior has a nice cabin and made of quality materials. There are also features MyLincoln consisting of three new display screens and the ability to input commands for the audio functions, telephone and navigation through the various sound touch control, or buttons on the steering wheel.

2012 Lincoln MKX engine using a 3.7 liter V6 engine that can generate power 305 and 280 pound feet of torque. Lincoln MKX machine has a six speed automatic transmission. 2012 Lincoln MKX can go from 0-60 mph in about 7 seconds, and fuel economy Lincoln MKX is 19 city/26 highway mpg.

2012 Lincoln MKX safety features include ABS disc brakes, stability control, traction control, blind spot warning, front side airbags, curtain side airbags, and the MyKey system that allows owners to limit vehicle speed and volume of the radio are also standard. In testing Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2012 Lincoln MKX get good value for the test frontal offset and side impact tests.

2012 Lincoln MKX price start $ 39,415. Lincoln MKX is a luxury and will provide comfort in driving

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Pandora as a standard

Pandora, the leading personalized radio service and very soon the leading service for in-car radio, has announced that it will now offers it service as standard on three popular Lincoln models.

The Lincoln MKZ, MKZ Hybrid and the Navigator will all get Pandora as standard, starting today.

“Lincoln makes Pandora available via the SYNC system, using the AppLink feature, which is compatible with Android, BlackBerry and iPhone smartphones,” Pandora said. “Signature functions of SYNC AppLink include voice control over the Pandora smartphone app allowing drivers to change stations or give a song a thumbs-up or thumbs-down with simple voice commands. In addition, drivers can control Pandora through dashboard and steering wheel-mountedcontrols.

“Our listeners want Pandora everywhere they are, and the car is at the top of that list,” said Pandora executive vice president of business and corporate development Jessica Steel. “We’re delighted that Lincoln luxury drivers now have easy access to their personalized radio stations behind the wheel.”

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Bringing it back..

Who remembers this commercial!?

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