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American Luxury Redefined - 2010 Lincoln MKZ sedan

Boasting extensive exterior changes, including an all-new front end, new decklid with LED taillamps, and reduced margins to sharpen overall exterior appearance, Lincoln introduces the sophisticated front-drive 2010 MKZ sedan. Increased luxury and power are readily apparent and available as customers pampered with signature high-end features will enjoy a faster-accelerating and noticeably quieter luxury sedan.

"The new MKZ improves on the success of the current vehicle with Lincoln's new signature look, appointments that amplify and expand the Lincoln portfolio and a faster, more-refined powertrain," said Mark Fields, Ford's president of The Americas.

New for 2010, the MKZ adds a sport version with special sport suspension tuning with stiffer springs and larger stabilizer bars, 18-inch Euroflange polished wheels, unique darkened grille, darkened headlamps and an interior with contrasting piping and special appliqués.

More than a half-second quicker from 0-60 mph while remaining among the class leaders in fuel economy, the MKZ is powered by the award-winning 3.5-liter V-6 Duratec engine. The 3.5L prime mover uses a compact, lightweight dual-overhead cam valve train for peak power and smooth operation at high RPMs. This engine also incorporates intake variable cam timing to optimize valve timing for a smooth idle and an impressive broad torque curve with good power. Torque is communicated to the street through the six-speed SelectShift Automatic™ transmission. All-wheel drive is an available option.

The six-speed transmission is outfitted with lower early gears for better acceleration and taller high gears for better highway mileage. The new standard SelectShift Automatic transmission provides the driver with manual gear selection for enhanced sportiness. Downshifts are locked out to protect the engine from over-revving. The "enhanced overdrive cancel" mode locks out the fifth and sixth gears, allows shifts at higher speed for more engine braking and downshifts for "grade assist" functionality.

The MKZ's available all-wheel drive (AWD) system has been retuned for better traction and lower noise, vibration and harshness. The system uses an electro-mechanical clutch and employs two basic modes of torque transfer – preemptive torque (before wheel slip) and slip-control torque (after wheel slip). This dual system gives the driver confidence in any situation, while the suspension has been specially tuned to be more neutral when cornering.

Control hardware for the MKZ was completely revised and uniquely tuned for ride comfort. The team changed the rear suspension lower control arm control point to move the roll center closer to the center of gravity, which improved the ride-handling characteristics. The turning circle has been reduced as well. Also added is a new hydraulic variable-flow steering pump that changes the flow rate at lower speeds to give better response and ease parking efforts.

Inside the passenger cabin, the MKZ sedan boasts a wide range of exterior and interior refinements as well as a new sport version for those desiring an even more-engaging driving experience. An all-new interior design features upgraded materials, better fit-and-finish and redesigned seats with premium Bridge of Weir leather. The MKZ's cabin reflects an even more upscale look featuring genuine aluminum and wood depending on the trim package, an all-new instrument panel, detailed touches including new welcome lighting, chimes, tuxedo stitching on luxury leather seats and Bridge of Weir leather. The world-renowned luxury leather from Scotland, pioneered on the classic Lincoln Continental Mark II and used on the MKS, wraps the MKZ seats. The MKZ leather is unembossed, allowing the natural beauty and character of the grain to shine through. The leather is milled for up to 12 hours to ensure a buttery soft hand, and Bridge of Weir uses a chromium-free tanning process, which makes it easier to recycle.

"We've increased the luxury feel and improved on what was already a great interior," said Peter Horbury, executive director of Design, The Americas. "We have a new interior theme with all-new primary touch points, complemented by new features and technologies that make the 2010 Lincoln MKZ stand out in the competitive midsize segment."

Dimensions & specifications

Wheelbase: 107.4; overall length: 189.8; width: 72.2; height: 56.9

All vehicle measurements are in inches

Engine: 3.5L V6 – 263 hp at 6,250 rpm and 249 lbs-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm.

Transmission: six-speed SelectShift automatic

EPA Fuel Economy: FWD – 18 city/27 hwy; AWD- 17 city/24 hwy.

Cargo capacity: 16.5 cubic feet

Safety features

Dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, dual head curtain side-impact airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, SYNC communications system, fog lights, universal garage door opener, automatic headlamps, tire pressure monitors, reverse sensing system, remote keyless entry, perimeter alarm system, side-impact door beams, SecuriLock theft deterrent system, traction control, and AdvanceTrac vehicle stability control system.

Optional safety features include adaptive high-intensity discharge headlamps, rain sensing windshield wipers, navigation system, blind spot information system with cross traffic alert and rearview camera.


Basic: 4-year/50,000 mile Bumper-to-bumper

Powertrain: 6-year/70,000 mile

Corrosion: 5-year/unlimited


The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2010 Lincoln MKZ sedan starts from $34,115 for the FWD model and $36,005 for the AWD model. Destination charges add $850.

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Ken Chester, Jr.

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