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History Of The Lincoln Motor Company and The Lincoln MKZ

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF LINCOLN MOTOR COMPANY AND THE LINCOLN MKZ

The Lincoln Motor Company was founded in 1917 by Henry Leland who was an aspiring entrepreneur and inventor. His first Lincoln was the Lincoln Model L luxury car, invented in the same year Leland founded Lincoln. Before starting the Lincoln Motor Company, Leland founded Cadillac and sold it several years later. It is clear that Leland had a penchant for luxury automobiles, and it is also clear that his legacy will continue to live on as 2017 marks the one century anniversary of the Lincoln. That is quite the testament to when you find something worth doing, it is worth doing well.

The Lincoln MKZ is just another example of the craftmanship and detail that go into a luxury automobile. The Lincoln MKZ, MKZ Hybrid, and the Lincoln Continental presently represent the Lincoln Sedan lineup. You can see the Lincoln MKZ at Angela Krause Lincoln in Alpharetta, Georgia. We are located on Mansell Road near Northpoint Mall and Avalon and we always keep a full inventory of new, certified-used, and used Lincolns. Visit our website to make an appointment for a test drive today where we bring your Lincoln MKZ to you at your convenience!

The Lincoln MKZ is a midsize, entry-level 4-door luxury sedan that first debuted in the U.S. in 2006 and was marketed as the Lincoln Zephyr, but was changed to the Lincoln MKZ in 2007. Although there have been other brands given the name of Zephyr over the years, its history dates back to 1939 as the original Lincoln Zephyr, which now brings us full-circle.

The First Generation began with the debut of the spiffed-up Lincoln MKZ that offered numerous standards that were only offered as options on competitive brands. The MKZ came with fog lights, cruise control, power door locks and global power windows along with automatic headlights, power adjustable and heated mirrors with puddle lamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear-seat reading lamps, 10-way power seats, universal garage door opener, six-pack CD player, remote keyless entry and more.

When 2007 came around, it got a mini face-lift and a name change to the MKZ due to the new alphanumeric nomenclature devised by Lincoln. It was now an intelligent all-wheel-drive system that distributed power to each wheel for better traction. It also received a revised THX II certified sound system and 14 speakers, along with perforated leather seats, Sirius satellite radio, Lincoln Sync, stability control, reverse sensing system, and a tire monitoring system.

In 2010, the MKZ underwent another facelift to include an updated interior and exterior. Taillights, front and rear facias were given a more refined look and an 18” wheel option was now available. Its interior featured real wood accents along with Bridge of Weir leather seats. A rear-camera system was now standard along with a DVD satellite navigation system that took voice commands. To keep cabin air fresh, an air filter system was added, rain-sensing windshield wipers and HID headlights were also added. The new “SelectShift”six-speed automatic transmission and a revised suspension were also added.

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid was introduced in 2011 and it was a Lincoln first. It housed a four-cylinder engine that delivered 41city and 36 highway which earned the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid the title of “Most Efficient Luxury Sedan” in the United States. It had popular options such as a navigation system, THX sound system, a sunroof and a backup camera. In 2011, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid was one of five finalists for the “Green Car of the Year” according to Green Car Journal. Also in 2011, the Union of Concerned Scientists gave overall higher scores to the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid over the Lexus CT200h as the top luxury hybrid model on all accounts.

The Second Generation of the Lincoln MKZ began in 2013 and this year brought in a complete redesign. Edmunds called it “the most distinctive-looking car in its class.” It sported a new split grille that was an updated look of the 1930s Zephyr models. It now came with an available glass roof that slid up and back over the rear window which gave you a spectacular view of the sky. In 2015, standards now included a rearview camera, automatic headlights, and rear parking sensors.

In 2017, the Lincoln MKZ receives a facelift, updated Sync 3, upgraded interior controls for interior climate and radio controls. It also gains a powerful engine option along with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine boost. Numerous upgrades are made to the interior as well as the exterior that make the Lincoln MKZ a smart choice as an entry-level luxury sedan.

THE LINCOLN MKZ TRIM LEVELS

For 2017 and 2018, the Lincoln MKZ and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid are available in four trims: Premier, Select, Reserve, and Black Label which also features 3 luxurious themes: Chalet, Vineyard, and Thoroughbred.

Angela Krause Lincoln MKZ Black Label - Wineyard Theme

The Lincoln MKZ Premier

The Lincoln MKZ Premier features faux leather seats; a 60/40-split-folding rear seat with a pass-through for skis, cue sticks, or other fun stuff; a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel; dual-zone automatic climate control; and memory settings for the driver’s seat. It also features 18” wheels, LED taillights, auto dimming rearview mirror, keyless entry and ignition, adaptive xenon headlights, adaptive suspension, heated mirrors and rear parking sensors. Included is a rearview camera, an 11-speaker sound system with a CD player, Sync smartphone app capability, an 8” touchscreen display, a waterfall console with under console storage, voice controls, an audio input jack, satellite radio, and two USB ports.

The Lincoln MKZ Select

The Lincoln MKZ Select offers all these standards and adds a power-adjustable steering wheel, auto-dimming driver side mirror, leather upholstery, power folding mirrors, real aluminum and wood trim, four-way power lumbar for driver and passenger, enhanced interior ambient lighting, rear seat USB charging ports, and a 110-volt household outlet. If you want even more, you can opt for the Select Plus package that adds rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and a navigation system.

The Lincoln MKZ Reserve

The Lincoln MKZ Reserve offers everything the Select has along with 19” wheels, ventilated front seats, a power trunk lid and enhanced connectivity functionality.

The Lincoln MKZ Black Label

The Lincoln MKZ Black Label is in a league of its own where you can choose an ultra- chic, custom-like design by choosing from three themes: Chalet, Vineyard, and Thoroughbred. The Chalet theme offers crisp details such as premium Venetian leather seats and the Black Label Star perforation patterns that make you feel as if you are whisking off to your own private chalet. Beautiful Silverwood appliques, a soft Alcantara headliner and steering wheel accents round out the ambience.

The Vineyard theme encompasses you with a rich Burgundy and Merlot color theme on the supple Venetian leather seats with jet black inserts and a rich, jet black Alcantara headliner and steering wheel accents. The Thoroughbred theme is exhilarating and makes you feel as if you are destined to win with the Lincoln Star insignia on the headrests, Chilean maple wood door and dash accents along with Chestnut leather highlights throughout.

The Lincoln Black Label Membership includes you own personal concierge, a mobile showroom, complementary care with pickup and drop-off for routine maintenance and service along with a temporary replacement MKZ, and remote vehicle delivery. Who could possibly ask for more.

COMPARISONS BETWEEN THE LINCOLN MKZ; ACURA TLX FWD V6; AND THE INFINTI Q50 3.0 PREMIUM RWD

Starting MSRP: Lincoln MKZ: $35,170

Starting MSRP: Acura TLX FWD V6: $35,450

Starting MSRP: Infinity Q50, 3.0 Premium RWD: $40,650

When comparably equipped between the models, the Lincoln MKZ jumps to $36,095; the Acura TLX FWD V6 jumps to $36,400; and the Infinity Q50, 3.0 Premium RWD jumps to $45,745.

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THE LINCOLN MKZ POWERTRAIN COMPARISONS:

The Lincoln MKZ

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ comes with three different engines: The 2.0L, four-cylinder is standard and it has 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque that is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive and a push-button gear shift. You can expect to get 21 city/31 highway miles, with a bit less for AWD.

For Select, Reserve, and Black Label trims you can opt for a new turbocharged 3.0L, V6 that makes 350 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque with the front wheel drive model. If you want all-wheel drive you can expect to get 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque that kicks in the “wow” factor for those who enjoy gettin’ your Zen on for a great driving experience. You can expect a combined 21 mpg with front-wheel drive and approximately 20 mpg with the AWD.

The MKZ Hybrid model is equipped with a 2.0L four-cylinder and a lithium-ion battery pack electric motor. It comes standard with a CVT (continuously variable transmission) with front-wheel drive. You can expect 188 hp with the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, and you can expect 41 city mpg and 38 highway with the MKZ Hybrid.

Acura TLX FWD V6

The Acura TLX comes with a choice of two engines: a 2.4L four-cylinder that gives you 206 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque and a 3.5L, V6 that makes 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. The 2.4L gives you 24 city 35 highway mpg and the V6 gives you 21city /31 highway mpg.

Infinity Q50, 3.0 Premium RWD

The Infinity Q50 offers a 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque that gives you 23 city/ 31 highway mpg; a 3.0 turbocharged V6 that makes 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque that gives you 19 city/ 27 highway mpg; a Red Sport 400 with a V6 engine that makes 400 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque that gives you 19 city /26 highway mpg; and the Q50 Hybrid has a 3.5L V6 with a 50-kW electric engine that makes 360 hp combined that gives you 27 city/32 highway mpg. All of these are mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission with an option of all-wheel-drive and rear-wheel drive.

THE LINCOLN MKZ DRIVING IMPRESSION AND STANDARDS COMPARISONS:

The Lincoln MKZ

The Lincoln MKZ, according to MotorTrend, feels as if looks can be deceiving as they say this about the 2017 Lincoln MKZ: “There might be a beast lurking under that sedate exterior.” This is in regard to the 3.0L, V6 all-wheel-drive with 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. The Lincoln MKZ exceeds all expectations on the open highway and offers a quiet cabin, even at triple digits. It has a solid feel and is quite capable on the open road and comfortable for in-city driving. Although MotorTrend gives a nod to the 2.0L, four-cylinder engine, they recommend going with the 3.0L for an all-around, deeply satisfying driving experience.

Acura TLX FWD V6

The Acura TLX FWD V6, according to Edmunds, the Acura TLX V6 is the better choice of the engine options and has ample passing power on the open road, but the nine-speed automatic transmission is not as smooth as it could be. Around town, it is comfortable and handles well in traffic and its interior is quieter than past offerings. Since there is no summer tire option for the Acura TLX, Edmunds recommends replacing its tires with summer tires for a better ride.

The following is a list of standards not included on the Acura TLX that you will find on the Lincoln MKZ: Rear parking aid, telematics, remote engine start, WiFi hotspot, chrome wheels, active suspension, temporary spare tire, four-cylinder engine, turbocharged, 6-speed A/T, and passenger adjustable lumbar.

Infinity Q50, 3.0 Premium RWD

Infinity Q50, 3.0 Premium RWD, according to Edmunds, offers strong acceleration, but is light on steering, mainly the adaptive steering option is not as impressive as it should be. Although it has a spacious interior, the touchscreen is not as intuitive as it could be and its interior has had minimal changes over the past eight years. As far as class competition, it comes in as average.

The following is a list of standards not included on the Infinity Q 50 that you will find on the Lincoln MKZ: HID headlights, mirror memory, rear parking aid, telematics, remote engine start, smart device integration, active suspension, temporary spare tire, front wheel drive, four-cylinder engine, 6-speed A/T, knee air bag, pass-through rear seat, heated front seats, passenger adjustable lumbar, and seat memory.

SEE OUR LINCOLN MKZ INVENTORY

Angela Krause Lincoln is a popular Lincoln dealership with a loyal following of satisfied customers. We are well-established and have an excellent reputation for not only placing you in the best priced car, but we also take good care of you after the sale, as well. When you purchase a new or used Lincoln MKZ from Angela Krause Lincoln in Alpharetta, you become a part of our family, and that is exactly how you will be treated: like family.

Owning your new Lincoln should be something you can enjoy and that’s why we have arranged for each customer to have his or her very own concierge who will take care of your Lincoln when it’s time for routine maintenance, service, or complementary care. Just visit our website and arrange for your personal assistant to bring you a temporary replacement MKZ while your is being pampered.

It is always our pleasure to accommodate our customers from Buford, Acworth, Cartersville, Cumming, Duluth, Suwanee, Sugar Hill, Gainesville, Oakwood, Dunwoody, Vinings, Buckhead, and beyond. Schedule a test drive or have your new Lincoln MKZ delivered directly to you at work or home. When you purchase a Lincoln from Angela Krause Lincoln, we cater to you and that’s just the way we want it.

References:

Lincoln MKZ Brochure

Wikipedia - Lincoln Zephyr

Wikipedia - Lincoln MKZ

Edmunds.com - 2013 Lincoln MKZ

Edmunds.com - 2017 Lincoln MKZ

Motor Trend

Lincoln.com