LINCOLN TAKES A SHARP RIGHT TURN AS THE MKZ AND CONTINENTAL LUXURY SEDANS GET THE AXE

by | Aug 2, 2020 | Cars, Motor

In January, before the world as we know it blew up, Lincoln announced it was permanently shelving production of the MKZ luxury sedan, by the end of this year. That marks the end of the sedan’s 13-year run.

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Then in July, Lincoln announced the Continental was following the MKZ onto the chopping block. What will take its place are Lincoln’s stylish line of SUVs, like the Corsair (pictured above), as well as trucks and crossovers.

Now that’s too bad, for several reasons. In terms of premium sedans, the MKZ we drove earlier this summer was marked by several more-than-redeeming qualities. First and foremost were all the things you get for your buck. The 2020 MKZ, if you are going out to buy one before they are gone, is priced at $55,400.

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We drove a Lincoln MKZ hybrid model, with the fuel economy mode activated for the entire week, translating to great fuel economy around the city. Our focus soon shifted to the plushness of the interior, particularly the stability and comfort of the seating.

Our guests really appreciated a panoramic glass sunroof that rolled back almost the entire length of the roof panel. Summer-time driving doesn’t get much more fun than this, both for those in the front and back. The roof technology closes securely, air tight, shutting out all outside noise. Lincoln likes to call it “quiet luxury.”

The Lincoln MKZ offers a full array of bells and whistles for the money, a sleek, sporty look, and a spacious luxury interior that breathes.

Plenty of pep

Our Lincoln MKZ was equipped with a hybrid alternative, with a 2.0-liter GTDI, 245-horsepower four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. Also available is a 3.0-liter GTDI V6. When paired with an intelligent all-wheel-drive system, the twin-turbo engine produces 400 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque.

A concert-quality Revel audio system was another highlight of the interior experience, with specially designed doors, to strategically position the speakers. The Lincoln trademark one-piece grille and adaptive LED headlamps mark the exterior. Get it while it lasts!

Lincoln Corsair

The aforementioned Corsair is sleek and stylish as well, when the topic of SUVs comes up. Autotrader announced its 10 Best Car Interiors Under $50,000 in February. The Corsair made the list because Lincoln has been able to capture the luxuriousness and spaciousness of the interiors in the Navigator and Aviator in the smaller Corsair as well. The interior blends glossy and matte surfaces.

Like the larger-sized Navigator and Aviator, the line that connects all three Lincoln luxury SUVs are the quietness of their interiors, matched with a nimble, powerful driving experience. Lincoln offers two turbo-charged 4-cylinder engine options. There is a standard 2.0-liter with 250 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque and a 2.3 liter with a bulkier 295 HP and 310 lb.-ft. of torque.

And oh, yes, bang for your buck. The 2020 Corsair we drove, with ceramic pearl metallic exterior and premium leather sandstone seating, was priced at $68,175.

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