LOS ANGELES -- The Lincoln MKZ will be the first car to drop the brand’s split-wing grille in favor of a rectangular design that debuted on the Continental concept.
The 2017 MKZ, scheduled to go on sale next summer, also will introduce a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine that’s exclusive to Lincoln and rated at 400 hp when paired with all-wheel drive. That’s 100 hp more than the most powerful engine on the current MKZ, which is Lincoln’s highest-volume nameplate.
Ford Motor Co. is unveiling refreshed versions of both the MKZ and the Ford Escape crossover today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Both are significant mid-cycle updates that include new engines, redesigned front ends and revamped interiors.
Lincoln executives said they have received overwhelmingly positive feedback about the brand’s “new face” since unveiling the Continental concept in April. The Continental is expected to go on sale several months after the MKZ.
“It’s a natural evolution,” Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln, told Automotive News. “We’re investing a lot in the brand and the grille has to evolve.”