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Old 04-03-2012, 01:37 PM   #1
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Three powertrains will be available for the MKZ at launch. Standard is a turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine producing 240 horsepower (on premium fuel) and 270 lb-ft of torque while returning 22 mpg city / 33 mpg highway. More power is available via a 3.7-liter V6 generating 300 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque, which returns 18 mpg city / 26 mpg hwy. The MKZ Hybrid is also back offering a combined output of 188 hp from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder and electric drivetrain. EPA estimates aren't available for the MKZ Hybrid, but Lincoln says it should remain America's most fuel-efficient premium sedan. All-wheel drive is an option for both non-hybrid models, which also receive six-speed automatic transmissions and paddle shifters, while the MKZ Hybrid is front-wheel-drive only with a CVT.






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Old 04-03-2012, 01:41 PM   #2
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The two non-hybrid MKZ models, the turbo-4 and V-6, will use a 6-speed automatic transmission equipped with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The MKZ Hybrid on the other hand, will use a continuously variable transmission. Front-wheel drive is the standard configuration, while all-wheel drive is optional. A new Push Button Shift system replaces the conventional mechanical shift lever. Instead of manually sliding the shift lever into Park, Neutral, Reverse or Drive, the 2013 MKZ will use five buttons to switch among transmission modes.
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:57 PM   #3
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Finally.

More people than just Jag and Aston are realizing that a big stick in the dash does not a manual make, and that if you are driving an automatic, that stick is just an oversized digital switch.

Might as well save the console space for something useful, and make the switch into a button, that has the exact same electronic signal to the TCU.

If it weren't likely to be so expensive, this is looking like a decent choice instead of a now-dead Legacy GT. Turbo 4 or 300hp V6, and AWD...

It isn't as good as a longitudinal drivetrain, manual gearbox, and true 3-diff AWD... but Subaru isn't evidently interested in selling that in something more sophisticated looking and good looking than a WRX/STI anymore.

Not convinced of the new grille design, though. the weird up-tick along the bottom of the grille, just at the center bar, really makes it look like someone with gap-teeth or something. MKS Eco-Boost was better looking in terms of grille treatment.

I do kind of like the rear treatment and the full-width tail light under a bit of a back-cut in the trunk lid, even if the rear quarter windows look a bit like Chevy Malibu, with the simple angle-clip.

Not abysmal, not perfect.

But I am still waiting on MKR, or a Mark IX coupe/folding hardtop convertible, both with RWD, or rear-biased AWD, but it seems unlikely.
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:17 PM   #4
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I do wish lincon could do a 180 like caddy did. But it seems they have SO far to go.
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:44 PM   #5
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The V6 is interesting, but I still prefer the new Fusion to this.
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:41 PM   #6
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The V6 is interesting, but I still prefer the new Fusion to this.
I actually found the Turbo 4 to be the more interesting choice. I would hope that it much lighter than the V6. It has almost the same torque as the V6.
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:57 PM   #7
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Chrysler did the push button automatic in the 60's.

The new MKZ looks hideous.

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Chrysler did the push button automatic in the 60's.

The new MKZ looks hideous.

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Yes, but that was still when the push buttons had to activate mechanical controls outside of the transmission.

Now it is all electrical/electronic outside of the gearbox, and electro-mechanical inside the gearbox.

A modern stick gear selector, on the column, or on the console, is no more mechanical than a kiddie play set, or a video game controller now. It might as well be a space-saving button list that isn't taking up real estate on the center console, nor displacing a control stalk on the steering column.
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:24 PM   #9
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I'm digging the interior. I like the arcs in the console. The exterior is still a little slab sided and whale like for me, the rear looks good though.

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Hell of a lot better than anything they're currently selling.
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:27 PM   #11
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I'm digging the interior. I like the arcs in the console. The exterior is still a little slab sided and whale like for me, the rear looks good though.

oof, that's pretty.
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my god this is a hideously ugly car.

Why would someone buy this over a Cadillac, BMW, or Audi? Or even Lexus and Infiniti.....

Answer: They wont.
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