Thanks to a slew of recent upgrades, the upcoming MKZ sedan is finally becoming a worthy rival to its Lexus and Mercedes-Benz counterparts. Thoroughly updated 2017 model received both visual and mechanical changes. The 2018 Lincoln MKZ is expected to offer an even wider array of convenience features and amenities. The upcoming version of this luxury midsize sedan will also be available with the recently introduced 400-hp twin-turbocharged V6 engine. It will represent the most powerful Lincoln ever built. According to some reports, the 2018 MKZ might hit the market in the second half of 2017.
2018 Lincoln MKZ Design
The latest round of visual updates gave the MKZ a front fascia that’s reminiscent of Jaguars and Bentleys to a large extent. Instead of the familiar split-wing grille, the 2018 Lincoln MKZ will feature a more traditional appearance when it comes to the front end. There will be adaptive LED headlights on offer, whereas the fog lights have been ditched in favor of thinner LED lights. Expect also to see chrome accents concentrated mostly around fog lights and lower air vents. The rest of the body will be mostly unchanged compared to the 2013 concept model. The MKZ will be available with a slew of upscale options including a fully retractable panoramic sunroof.
As for the interior styling, the MKZ will feature a larger number of high-quality materials than it used to be the case with its predecessors. Expect to see an impressive amount of brushed aluminum throughout the cabin, as well as plush leather seats. However, the amount of interior space may disappoint you if you have in mind the fact that the MKZ is actually a pretty large vehicle.
The 2018 Lincoln MKZ will be offered with three different powertrains under its hood. The base 2.0-liter four-cylinder will make 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Those who opt for a more eco-friendly ride can pick the hybrid model that uses the same conventional powertrain combined with a permanent magnet AC synchronous motor. The system’s net output is rated at 188 hp and 129 lb-ft. Finally, the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 will churn out amazing 400 ponies and 400 pound-feet of twist. Whereas the two conventional engines come mated to a six-speed automatic, the hybrid system’s power will be transmitted through a continuously variable transmission.
The 2018 Lincoln MKZ is expected to be priced at around $36,000 for the entry-level model. Some of its most notable rivals include the likes of BMW 3 Series, Lexus ES 350, Audi A4, Cadillac ATS and new 2018 Mazda Mazda6.