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Entry level elegance - 2007 Lincoln MKZ sedan



Now in its second year of production, a strong sales launch resulted in a number of changes and upgrades for the 2007 model year. First of all, the Lincoln Zephyr was rechristened the MKZ, with the following changes and upgrades: revised waterfall grille and front fascia; new 17-inch, eight-spoke machined aluminum wheels, a more powerful all-new 3.5L V6 prime mover, a sophisticated all-new six-speed automatic transmission, available intelligent all-wheel drive, available THX II Certified audio system and available SIRIUS satellite radio.

As a midsize, five passenger sedan, the front-drive MKZ offers younger buyers a luxury automobile with the comfort and refinement befitting a Lincoln. Incorporating classic elements of Lincoln style, the exterior design incorporates the marque's traditional waterfront grille. Situated between a set of jewel-like, quad projector-beam or optional high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, the treatment is readily recognizable as a Lincoln.

On the road, the MKZ equipped with the optional all-wheel drive system is sure and stable at speed. Poor road conditions do little to distract the sedan from the roadway or driver’s whim. Tuned for a quiet, comfortable ride with confident, responsive handling, the Lincoln sedan rides on Ford's CD3 vehicle architecture, which was modified for the MKZ chassis. Hardware for the four-wheel independent suspension system employs an advanced short- and long-arm (SLA) design up front, with a rearward-facing lower control arm and coil-over-shock suspension. A multi-link rear suspension features coil-over-shocks and lower control arms. Front (24-mm) and rear (17-mm) stabilizer bars further help to reduce body roll.

Inside the cabin real wood, high-quality leather and aluminum trim highlight a cabin that continues Lincoln's reputation for interiors that deliver visual and tactile interest using genuine materials. White electroluminescent lighting illuminates the round, chrome-ringed gauges, complementing the interior's white lighting, which uses white LEDs to backlight controls and switches at night.

The instrument panel features a horizontal band of contrasting trim in one of four natural surfaces: finely ribbed aluminum, finely ribbed aluminum with a dark finish, dark Ebony wood or light Maple. Occupants are treated to comfortable seating accommodations. Rear seat passengers are treated to more than three feet of legroom.

In addition to carrying people in comfort, MKZ's roomy trunk boasts a flat load floor and low liftover height with compact decklid hinges that will not crush boxes or groceries. The standard 60/40 split folding rear seats and fold-flat function with spring assist, allows pass-through access to handle extra long items and provide best-in-class storage space.

Dimensions & specifications

Wheelbase: 107.4; overall length: 190.5; width: 80.1; height: 57.21

-- all measurements are in inches.

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

Transmission: six-speed automatic.

EPA fuel economy: 19 city/27 hwy., (FWD); 18 city/26 hwy., (AWD).

Cargo capacity: 15.8 cu. ft.

Parts content -â€" Country of origin

Final assembly point: Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.

US/Canada: 50 percent.

Major source of foreign parts: Mexico.

Engine: USA; Transmission: Japan.

Safety features

Dual front airbags, dual front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, font/rear head curtain airbags, traction control, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, alarm system, remote keyless entry, fog lights and automatic headlamp control. Optional safety features include: high intensity discharge headlamps and navigation system.

Warranty

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

Powertrain: 6-year/70,000 mile.

Corrosion: 5-year/unlimited.

Roadside assistance: 6-year/70,000 mile, 24-hour.

Pricing

The base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2007 Lincoln MKZ sedan starts from $29,235 for the front-wheel drive model and $31,105 for AWD. Destination charges add $715.

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Ken Chester, Jr.

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