With the 2018 Lincoln MKX, the Ford based luxury line is trying to update the car and be more competitive in the segment of luxury vehicles. Although Lincoln is an established brand, it really cannot withstand the competition coming from Lexus and especially Mercedes, but the best thing that they can do is to freshen up their MK series lineup which was introduced in order to battle those giants. The MKZ brand is scheduled for a remake first.
In the automotive industry, a redesign always means a readjustment, but in this case it will be more than that. The model will get a few additions for its exterior and also adjust the current look a little bit. It will mostly be based on the concept model which was seen in 2013 and will be used to update the newest MKZ model.
Based on the new pictures that were released, the 2018 Lincoln MKZ looks ready to tackle any car on the market. It will come with all the latest technology which will provide an even more luxurious offer compared to before. After the release date we will see if the hype was real and if the model deserves to be in the top league with all the other models.
When is the Release Date for the 2018 Lincoln MKZ?
We are already expecting to see the 2018 Lincoln MKZ really soon. The model is near completion and it will probably be showcased through this year and be ready for a release date in the start of 2018.
What is the Potential Price?
The price is already set for the 2018 Lincoln MKZ so customers will know what they will be facing. The base offer starts with a MSRP price of $35,010 for the Premier. The most expensive trim is the Reserve 300A with a V-6 engine which is priced at $45,400. There are also several packages which will also enhance the price rate.
The exterior update for the 2018 Lincoln MKZ looks pretty solid. In fact it adds adaptive LED headlights upfront, with new slimmer LED lights replacing the fog lights. The corner vents are a bit taller, but the most noticeable difference is still the single-piece front grille that has been added. There are also some chrome accents placed around the fog lights and the lower air vents also. The hood is transferred from the concept model, but the different body lines make it taller looking and also more aggressive.
The side is unchanged, it has the lower body line, running between the front and rear wheels on the bottom of the doors. Now there is an option of adding a fully retractable panoramic glass roof. The rear end looks identical to the concept version with the small LED taillights and an LED bar which runs along the deck lid between the lights.
The interior of the 2018 Lincoln MKZ received a larger update than its outside did. The operation of the switches is now a lot smoother and can be done with ease. There are more new packages offers which provide some new and specific details. The Drivers Package adds an Ebony interior with carbon fiber accents, aluminum pedal covers and customizable multi-color seats. The seats are also refined and look very elegant which is perfect for this brand.
The car also adopts a floating center console, which offers more storage space. It also uses a push-button shifter, leaving the cabin more open and providing more space that way. The infotainment system will use a large touchscreen display with navigation and smartphone compatibility. The instrument cluster is sleek and the driver’s information center is placed just between the speedometer and the tachometer.
The new 2018 Lincoln MKZ offers several different engine choices to pick from. You can choose between a 2.0-liter GTDI EcoBoost which is rated at 188 hp, a four-cylinder, a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle hybrid engine making 240 hp, or the strongest one the 3.7-liter, 24-valve V-6 which offers an output of 300 hp. The new option especially for the 2018 version is the 3.0-liter GTDI V-6 engine which is supposed to make 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.
0-60 mph Acceleration and Top Speed
With this great assortment of engines, the 2018 Lincoln MKZ is also capable of making very good acceleration. The model will be capable of reaching 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds and also have a top speed of 150 mph.
What is the Fuel Economy of the Car?
The fuel economy of the 2018 Lincoln MKZ is not entirely favorable, but it has a standard sort of rate. Other cars in the segment are not entirely better at this as well so it does not make that much of a difference. But people are rarely choosing cars in this segment based on the fuel consumption as the luxury segment has a lot more different things that are a lot more important to offer. That said the EPA rates for this version come to 17 mpg city drive, 26 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined.
Dimension and Trunk Capacity
The 2018 Lincoln MKZ will not change its dimension. The changes are immense and are a bit larger for this version than your regular update, but the dimensions stay the same and have not been changed. The model is 193.9 inches long and sports a wheelbase of 112.2 inches. The height comes to 58.1 inches and the width is 73.4 inches. The interior volume is pretty good and has plentiful space provided at 99 cu ft and a cargo bay of 15 cu ft.
Safety promises to be one of the decisive factors for the 2018 Lincoln MKZ model. It will make the ride a lot safer with the addition of the latest technological items when it comes to its safety. The car will include, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality. It is also capable of slowing down or increasing the speed on demand depending on the traffic conditions. It also helps by stopping automatically if the driver fails to step on the brakes on time. Finally, it also provides enhanced park assist as well.
Luxury is an important part of the 2018 Lincoln MKZ. But the luxury segment offers more and more great vehicles each time. The Lincoln brand has always been chasing after the biggest ones in terms of its luxury and comfort and even with the given refresh they are still not quite there. The models which are slotted above the MKZ include the Lexus ES brand, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class as the top models in the segment.
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