2016 Lincoln MKZ Release Date – Quite frankly, the new 2016 Lincoln MKZ will be released for sale essentially unchanged from the previous model. A couple of decades have passed since Lincoln was a sought-after nameplate. On a more recent observation, Lincoln has been forced to make a concerted effort meant to differentiate its several models from Ford’s on which they are based.
One distinctive example is the 2016 Lincoln MKZ, which broke out from Ford Fusion mold a few years back with a sleek and distinct styling. But, whether or not that is enough to raise the status of the brand and gain it an upper hand on the new 2016 Volvo S60 and the current Audi A4, or make the MKZ a truly desired luxury coupe, as yet another matter.
Deep beneath the handsome skin, the vehicle still looks and seems like a Fusion, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The MKZ offers either V6 or a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, both of which will be available with an AWD or a fuel-sipping hybrid powertrain. Handling and riding qualities conspicuously compare similarly to those expected of a luxury sedan, and the MKZ comes standard with an active noise cancellation and adaptive suspension.
Meanwhile, the interior makes a sleek, contemporary styling statement and comes standard with a host of latest high-tech safety and luxury features. Sadly, MKZ’s contemporary-looking interior comes with a futuristic, smooth center stack that lacks the ease and tactility of use for audio and climate functions that classical knobs and buttons provide. However, we have found the touch buttons in the customizable instrument display slow to respond on occasions and not that intuitive in overall practicality. Also, the cabin materials aren’t as luxurious as you’d expect, though the Black Label version does the trick to some extent.
2016 Lincoln MKZ Design
The new 2016 Lincoln MKZ is certainly a mid-size luxury sedan available in two trims: base and Black Label. The trims are also available for the 2016 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid as well.
The base MKZ, also called Premiere, comes equipped with automatic and adaptive LED headlights, LED taillights, heated eight-way power front seats with power lumbar, driver memory settings,18-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, power-folding sideview mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery, keyless ignition and entry (with an outside keypad), a 60/40-split folding rear seat (non-Hybrid), an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, and full power accessories.
Standard tech equipment includes voice commands (Sync), a rearview camera, an 8-inch touchscreen (MyLincoln Touch), configurable gauge cluster displays, and an 11-speaker sound system with USB inputs and satellite radio, and a CD player, auxiliary, and rear parking sensors.
The optional Select package features a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery, headlight surround accent lighting, an auto-dimming driver-side mirror, HD radio and ambient lighting. The Reserve package includes those features plus a power-closing trunk lid, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system, a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alerts, a 110-volt power outlet, heated rear seats and ventilated front seats.
For both the Reserve and Select packages, you will get a premium 14-speaker surround-sound audio system, and a choice of power sunroofs, and inflatable rear seatbelts are also available.
Choosing the Select or Reserve package adds you the Technology package, which includes an automated parallel parking system, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam control, a forward collision warning system with brake priming, and a lane-departure warning and intervention system. The Reserve package also bundles the Summer Tire Handling package (AWD only) that includes a sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, summer tires and steering system. The prime package that the latest 2016 Lincoln MKZ offers now is much better than what you are abel to see in such vehicles like the 2016 Acura TLX.
2016 Lincoln MKZ Specs
The refreshed 2016 Lincoln MKZ will be available in three engine options. A 2L turbocharged 4-cylinder capable of cranking out 240 hp and 270 pounds of torque, equipped in the base model. This power will be transmitted to the standard front wheels via the 6-speed auto transmission system.
In our performance testing, an AWD 2016 Lincoln MKZ with the above engine was able of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds. Its EPA fuel economy is provided as 22/33/26 mpg in the city/highway/combined for the FWD MKZ and 22/31/25 mpg for the AWD MKZ.
The other engine is a 3.7L V6 engine capable of cranking 300 horsepower and 277 pounds of torque. This power will be transmitted to either the FWD or the AWD through a 6-speed auto. In our own performance testing, the V6 returned an EPA estimated 18/27/22 mpg and 18/26/21 mpg for the AWD.
Lastly, the 2016 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid mates the 2L 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor in order to crank a combined output of 188 horsepower. The hybrid accelerated from 0-60 mph in 8.9 seconds and its EPA ratings are 41/39/40 mpg.
This vehicle will be released to the market before the end of the year, according to credible sources. Expect to pay an MSRP of around $35,000 for the base model and up to $50,000 for the top-of-the-range variant. Keep checking our site for a comprehensive 2016 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid review, which is underway already.