2017 Lincoln MKZ to Be Released Next Year; New Looks & Better Specs

By | 05/19/2015

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ should be revealed early next year. Even though there is plenty of time left until its premiere, the new mid-size sedan has already risen whole lot of dust. The new 2017 MKZ is said to come with an improved exterior and interior features, new equipment and better powertrain. Although the 2017 Lincoln MKZ will not be a new generation or a full-scale redesign, it will still represent a pretty improved model compared to its current counterpart. The new looks will be inspired by the latest Lincoln Continental Concept, which will surely attract a lot of new buyers due to its modern, elegant and unique style. In addition, the 2017 Lincoln MKZ comes with a new interior and more equipment than before, thus raising the bar on the luxury scale for all other mid-size luxury sedans. Lastly, the new model will get a new engine and possibly new transmission. With all these changes announced, the 2017 MKZ is going to be a real treat once it is released.

Lincoln Continental Concept Luxury Sedan

Lincoln Continental Concept

Exterior Improvements

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ comes with a much more attractive appearance than its predecessor. The design of the new model was inspired by the new Lincoln Continental Concept. The Continental will represent Lincoln’s flagship model, and is quite impressive. Therefore, the new 2017 MKZ should also be rather handsome. The new model will not be identical as the aforementioned concept, but it will feature some of its details. To start with, the front end of the new 2017 Lincoln MKZ will feature a new grille and new headlights, borrowed from the Continental. These feature will make it look more distinctive and modern, while new large air intakes will contribute to a more menacing stance. The overall shape and size will remain the same, however, and the new 2017 MKZ will still be underpinned by the current CD4 platform, also used for the Ford Fusion.

2017 Lincoln MKZ Update - 2015 Lincoln MKZ

2015 Lincoln MKZ

As for the rear end, it will come with less prominent changes compared to the front end. The 2017 Lincoln MKZ will keep its current taillights and bumper, but it will feature new exhaust tip. This way, the new model will get a new and more aggressive design, but it will still resemble its predecessor and keep something of its stance and elegance.

Lincoln Continental Concept Dashboard Interior

Lincoln Continental Concept Interior

2017 Lincoln MKZ Interior Rumors

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ will come with an improved interior, that’s for sure. However, information on this matter is rather scarce at the moment. According to some rumors, the cabin will get a new design to complement more modern and impressive exterior look, and it should also feature more technology gadgets. The new mid-size sedan is said to come with the SYNC3 infotainment system and is also rumored to offer even some all-new trims, which means it will come with a long list of gadgets and details available. As for the comfort, since the platform remained the same, there will be no changes in the legroom and cargo space for the new 2017 Lincoln MKZ

2017 Lincoln MKZ Changes 2015 MKZ Hybrid

2015 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

New Engines & Possible New Transmission

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ should come with an improved powertrain, but let’s start from the beginning. The new model will keep the current 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine unchanged, as well as the hybrid powertrain which includes this unit. However, the 3.7-liter V6 mill will be discontinued. Instead, the 2017 Lincoln MKZ will offer a new 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost unit. This engine is said to produce 285 horsepower.

As for the transmission, the 2017 Lincoln MKZ might come with a new gearbox. According to some sources, Lincoln will have fully-developed the new nine- and ten-speed gearboxes by the time the new MKZ should be released, so the new sedan might offer some of them. That would have a fantastic impact on its performance, but we should be patient and see if this will happen.

Release Date & Price

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ will be revealed early next year, while the release date is said to be summer 2016. As for the price, the new luxury sedan shouldn’t cost significantly more than the current model, but the exact prices are yet to be announced.

Photos: Lincoln Motor Company

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