2010 Lincoln MKZ nears showroom release
The Lincoln MKZ, while never a bestseller even in its home country, let alone here, has still received a makeover for the 2010 model year instead of being killed off outright. The upgrade comes in line with the redesign of its mechanical sibling, the 2010 Ford Fusion.
Packing a carryover 263 hp 3.5-litre V6, it gains a new 6-speed automatic with manual-shifting feature. All-wheel-drive is optional in American markets, but will likely be standard in the GCC-spec models. New design features include a larger-grilled front end, a redone tail and an updated interior.
The MKZ comes with more standard luxury features, such as better leather seats, genuine wood trim, heated and cooled front seats, SYNC entertainment and connectivity system, a reverse sensing system and multi-adjustable power seats. Also available will be the all-new Blind Spot Information System (BLIS™) with Cross Traffic Alert (CTA) and the premium THX II Certified 5.1 Surround sound system.
A new Sport Appearance Package is available that offers special sport suspension tuning with stiffer springs and larger stabilizer bars, 18-inch Euroflange polished wheels, unique grille, body-colour door handles and darkened headlamps. It is unknown if this package will be offered in the UAE.
Lincoln has raised its price, and Ford says they intend the MKZ to compete with the Cadillac CTS and the Lexus ES on value alone, which is a lofty goal. We expect pricing in Dubai to start at Dhs 140,000 when the car comes here. Expect a late-2009 GCC debut for the MKZ.
For more information on the existing model, visit the Lincoln MKZ buyer guide.