Lincoln MKZ [Reviews]

The new 2010 Lincoln MKZ midsize sedan was designed for customers who have come to equate Lincoln with elegant, contemporary design, exceptional comfort, unrivaled features and top quality.

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

New for 2010, contains the Lincoln MKZ a new sport version with adjustable sport suspension with stiffer springs and stabilizer bars special larger 18-inch wheels of polished Euroflange, darkened grille and headlamps and an interior with contrasting piping and unique applications.

The new Lincoln MKZ also offers segment-exclusive features, the first of its kind system blind spot information (BLIS ™) with Cross Traffic Alert (CTA), which makes navigating traffic and parking lots safer and easier.

BLIS tracks vehicles in the blind spot zones on either side of the vehicle using two multiple beam radar modules behind the rear fenders. LEDs in the exterior mirror on both sides of the vehicle warn the driver when a vehicle enters the defined blind spot zone, extending from the side mirror to 10 feet behind the vehicle and 10 meters from the vehicle.

CTA uses the BLIS radar sensors to alert the driver to deal with traffic while in reverse and backing out of parking spaces. CTA tracks up to 65 meters on both sides of the vehicle and warns the driver through both audible and visual alarms.

In addition to this new technology, mid-size sedan, the Lincoln MKZ offers synchronization, the next-generation voice-activated navigation, keyless entry, Easy Fuel capless fuel tank, brand THX audio and adaptive HID headlamps.

The new MKZ also features elements of Lincoln signature design, including the split-wing grille and thinner wraparound headlamps for a wider, sportier look. Its chamfered front fascia also shares a family resemblance with the Lincoln MKS, with a sculpted hood and ridges flowing into the pillar A. In the rear, the Lincoln MKZ has a lid with new LED taillights that accentuates the car's width and separated by large Lincoln star.

Lincoln MKZ's presence is reinforced with aluminum rims 17 inch, 17 inch chrome wheels available and are available 18-inch polished aluminum, which are included in the Sport Appearance Package with sport suspension.

Inside, the cabin reflects MKZ looking for more quality, genuine aluminum and wood finishes based on the package, a new instrument panel, detailed touches including welcome lighting, chimes, tuxedo stitching on leather seats Luxury and Bridge of Weir leather.

The luxury leather goods world-class Scotland, pioneered the Lincoln Continental Mark II and used on the MKS, wraps the MKZ seats. Lincoln MKZ leather is embossed, so the natural beauty and character of the grain to shine through.

The skin is cut from a maximum of 12 hours to ensure buttery soft hand, and Bridge of Weir uses chrome-free tanning process, which makes it easier to recycle.

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

Faster engine performance, high fuel economy

The award-winning 3.5-liter V-6 Duratec 2010 Lincoln MKZ, which offers 263 horsepower and 249 lb-ft of torque. The 3.5-liter uses a compact, lightweight valve train double head cam peak power and smooth operation at high rpm.

This engine also incorporates intake camshaft variable to optimize the distribution of a slow smooth torque curve impressively large, with good power.

The six-speed transmission shift select automatic, which is front-wheel drive with four-wheel drive is available, is standard on the 2010 Lincoln MKZ. Powertrain performance is improved dramatically, with from 00 to 60 km / h decrease from 7.7 to 7.1 seconds.

The engine - and the Lincoln MKZ itself - is quieter. Each element of the package of sound was repeated.

"The customer definitely should notice how quiet the new MKZ," said Chief Engineer JD Shanahan. "It 'important - especially luxury sedan buyers who perceive that silence is responsible for the quality."

Lincoln MKZ engineering team also focused on the sub-mounting system of the engine, find the sound that balances sportiness and luxury, said Matt Hettenhouse, team leader of the powertrain.

A high 10.3:1 compression ratio and aluminum cylinder heads designed for high airflow and optimized combustion help complete the package, which supports the engine's ability to deliver excellent performance and fuel economy with low emissions.

Unique in the 2010 Lincoln MKZ are redesigned resonators in the air induction system. "They deliver the powerful sound Lincoln MKZ and refined customers expect," said Hettenhouse.

A six-speed transmission allows a lower first gear acceleration better and higher-speed highway mileage improved. The new standard SelectShift provides the driver with manual gear selection to improve sports performance. Climbing is blocked to protect the engine for more than roving. "Enhanced overdrive cancel" mode locks the fifth and sixth gears, allows you to move at high speed more engine braking and climbing for the feature "can assist".

The 2010 Lincoln MKZ was completely revised and refined ride comfort only.

The team changed the rear suspension control point lower control arm to move the roll center closer to the center of gravity, which improved the driving characteristics of manipulation. A hydraulic steering pump changes the variable flow rate at lower speeds to give a better response, improving the turning circle and easier parking efforts.

Lincoln MKZ is available in four-wheel drive (AWD) system was to have a better grip and less noise, vibration and harshness. The system uses an electro-mechanical clutch and employs two basic modes of torque transfer - pre-emptive torque (before slip) and slip-control torque (after slippage). This dual system gives the driver confidence in any situation, even if the suspension is specially designed to be neutral when cornering.

"When the Lincoln MKZ accelerates, even lightly, from a stop on any surface - dry pavement, wet pavement, sand, gravel, ice, mud - pre-emptive torque is transferred to the rear wheels," said Jim Fritz, AWD product engineer development. "When you add a way to control front wheel slip on slippery surfaces, slip control torque is added to equalize front and rear wheel speeds."

The AWD system works in line with brake traction control to give customers more confidence in the Lincoln MKZ. Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic stability control system keeps drivers in command as well.

"The driving experience has improved, with better management and control of the vehicle," said Shanahan. "Ride enhancements, a sport package, new technologies, the signature Lincoln design and a long history of quality to help the new 2010 Lincoln MKZ set a new standard of luxury in the midst of cars."

2010-Lincoln MKZ is built at Ford Hermosillo (Mexico) Stamping and Assembly Plant and will be in dealerships in spring 2009.

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