2017 Lincoln MKZ launches in the Middle East


 The 2017 Lincoln MKZ is designed to appeal to those who are looking for something different in the luxury market. “Lincoln, from its origins, has always been focused on bespoke cabins built for its passengers,” said Alex Schaeffer, Director, Lincoln Middle East. “This heritage affords us some great inspiration, and allows us to lean into what the customer wants, always remembering that the journey itself is meant to be as rewarding as the destination.”

The new face of Lincoln is highlighted by available adaptive LED headlamps that help deliver cleaner, clearer lighting for drivers, complemented by a one-piece grille.

Inside, engineers paid particular attention to the sound and feel of new switches and dials that replace slider adjustments for easier control of ventilation and audio functions. Commonly used buttons and USB ports are now easier to access, while Lincoln MKZ’s available fully retractable panoramic glass roof offers the largest open-air roof among sedans.

“Our customers are looking for three attributes in a luxury midsize sedan – technologies that ease their everyday experience, a beautiful design that is crafted with attention to detail, and a vehicle with impressive power that makes it a pleasure to drive,” said Kumar Galhotra, president of the Lincoln Motor Company. “The new Lincoln MKZ elevates all of these attributes – and many more – to create a compelling entry in this highly competitive portion of the luxury market.”

Available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality automatically can slow the car, resuming higher speeds when traffic clears. The system activates the brakes automatically to bring the car to a complete stop if the driver fails to apply the brakes in time. An auto hold feature keeps the car at a complete stop without the driver having to press and hold the brake pedal – making stop-and-go driving more relaxing. Available enhanced park assist uses ultrasonic sensors to help Lincoln MKZ seamlessly steer itself into a parallel or perpendicular parking spot. The car can assist with park-out as needed. The lane-keeping system uses a forward-facing camera to detect lane markings. It can apply steering wheel torque and alert the driver with a steering wheel vibration should sensors detect drifting. 

Finally, BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert uses radar sensors to alert drivers with lights in their sideview mirrors if another vehicle is detected in Lincoln MKZ’s blind spots. When drivers are backing up, the system can detect a vehicle approaching from either side, notifying drivers with a warning light and an audible tone.

A 3.0L twin-turbo V6 leads available engine choices for the new MKZ. When paired with an intelligent all-wheel-drive system, the engine produces 370hp and 570Nm of torque. Dynamic Torque Vectoring, part of an available Driver’s Package for MKZ with this engine, enhances cornering agility without compromising ride comfort. 

Also available is Lincoln’s 2.0L turbo inline four-cylinder engine, making 253hp and 389Nm of torque.