2017 Lincoln MKZ Update: New EcoBoost Engine & Fresh Style
The latest reports claim that the 2017 Lincoln MKZ is going to have a very attractive update. The automaker is currently working hard on the all-new 2017 Lincoln Continental, so they decided to use that for the new Lincoln MKZ. The word out there is that the 2017 MKZ is going to be a mid-size luxury sedan whose appearance would be very similar with the Continental.
Perhaps it won’t be exactly a scaled down version of the big brother, but there’s no doubt the overall style would be very close to the flagship sedan. Aside from the exterior, the 2017 Lincoln MKZ interior will also get some really improving changes, but the new engine and probable new transmission are the most prominent improvements that come with the 2017 MKZ.
2017 Lincoln MKZ Exterior Refresh
The front fascia of the new 2017 MKZ borrowed the Continental’s distinctive style. With large rectangular grille and unique headlights, those two are going to be true look-alikes. The updated MKZ will certainly look more aggressive thanks to the large air intake. Maybe it won’t be as sleek as before, but a hint of more conventional luxury style with Continental’s makeup can’t worsen its appearance.
The rear end also suffered some changes, but not as radical as the front end improvements. The taillights remained intact. After all, that’s a clever move, since this is one of the most characteristic design details of the current MKZ. However, there are new exhaust tips whose shape is more attractive now.
Unfortunately, this is not a full redesign, so the 2017 Lincoln MKZ won’t get a new platform. It’s going to be built on the same CD4 architecture, shared with the Ford Fusion. Nevertheless, the interior is going to be improved. Some very elaborate changes are expected. According to the rumors, the 2017 MKZ will offer some all-new trims. And, of course, the Lincoln SYNC3 infotainment system will finally find its way inside the Lincoln MKZ.
New EcoBoost Engine
Under the hood of the new 2017 Lincoln MKZ the hybrid powertrain which includes this engine. But the powerful 3.7-liter V6 won’t be used anymore. Instead of the big V6 mill they will install a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine. The new engine delivers around 285 horsepower.
Aside from the engine change, the 2017 Lincoln MKZ could come with a new gearbox. Reportedly, the new nine- and ten-speed transmissions are going to be ready when the updated MKZ hits the market, so there’s a great possibility that the mid-size sedan comes with a new transmission.
2017 Lincoln MKZ Release Date and Estimated Price
The production model of the 2017 Lincoln MKZ is probably going to be displayed early next year and the release date could be scheduled by the summer 2016. As for the price, the expectations are that the entry MSRP won’t be much different from the current one.
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