The MKZ model has been on the market since 2005 and has seen some decent success. The last rumors said that Lincoln was delaying the introduction of its redesigned MKZ sedan from an original launch in early 2012 to sometime closer to the end of next year.
The main reason for this delay was due to a final design not being locked in and is obvious that Ford is desperate to transform Lincoln into the great American luxury brand it once was. Considering this, getting the new styling of its cars right is crucial.
Well, here comes the good news because Car and Driver is reporting that a concept version of the new MKZ, the first of Lincoln’s revamped lineup, will be unveiled as early as the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in January so we won’t have to wait until the end of 2012 to see the result.
The company will bring a new platform for the 2013 MKZ, platorm that will also underpin the next Ford Fusion and its European counterpart, the Mondeo. The new model will continue to use a front-wheel-drive platform, and likely will again offer optional all-wheel drive, but this remains to be seen. In addition, a hybrid version will be offered to supplement a range of V-6 and turbocharged four-cylinder engines.
Expect production-version Mk2 of the MKZ to debut later in 2012 at one of the spring shows in Chicago or New York, or possibly at November’s L.A. extravaganza.