2017 Lincoln MKZ – Release Date, Review and Specs

Although the Lincoln MKZ has been a hard sell compared with more refined entry-level luxury sedan competitors, it offers modern features and a distinctive style. This is particularly true for the 2017 model which, by the look of things, is expected to be a major hit. It offers an eye-catching design, lots of standard features, and a high-fuel economy especially from the Hybrid model. Its release date should be expected sometime in the beginning of 2017.

2017 Lincoln MKZ side view, exterior, blue color, alloy wheels

Not long ago, Lincoln was one of the most sought-after nameplate in the automotive industry especially for the U.S market. However, newer and fresher models have eroded the once revered appeal associated with Lincolns by offering better or matching technologies and features at a favorable pricing. Nevertheless, the brand recently began making concerted efforts in trying to salvage its reputation.

2017 Lincoln MKZ rear view, red color, taillights and alloy wheels

The new 2017 Lincoln MKZ, for instance, is entirely different from Fords – Ford Fusion to be precise, on which they are based. The MKZ now offers a distinctive, sleek styling that is unique to itself only. Even with all the efforts invested in trying to redesign the MKZ, its engine department is pretty much a Fusion. But who’s complaining?

2017 Lincoln MKZ side view, headlights and alloy wheels

Interior wise, the vehicle offers several upscale features such as active noise cancellation, plenty of high-tech safety and luxury features, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alerts, and plenty of premium surfaces. Even so, there are still some ailing features which may prove detrimental to its image such as an underwhelming interior quality for the base model, a slower than average acceleration, an average interior space, and flimsy dashboard controls.

2017 Lincoln MKZ rear view, exterior, taillights and tailpipe

If you are shopping in the entry-level luxury sedan segment, we’d advise you to check out the 2017 Lexus ES 300h Hybrid or the 2017 Lexus ES 350. They are the real threat to the MKZ, thanks to their plush ride quality, and a well-built interior. Others include the 2017 Audi A4, 2017 Volvo S60, 2017 BMW 3 Series, and the 2017 Acura TLX.

2017 Lincoln MKZ front angle, headlights and grille

Offered Trims – Lincoln MKZ

Two trims are offered for the 2017 Lincoln MKZ: base and the Black Label. The same trims are offered for the separately reviewed 2017 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.

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The base, also called the Premiere, offers standard accessories and features such as keyless entry and ignition, adaptive suspension dampers, 18” wheels, driver memory settings, automatic dual-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control, eight-way heated powered front seats, adaptive LED headlights, LED taillights, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, full power accessories, rearview auto-dimming mirrors, a 60/40-split folding rear seats, and a leather upholstery.

2017 Lincoln MKZ interior, lcd scren, dashboard, steering wheel

Equipment available for the base includes rear parking sensors, satellite and HD radio, a rearview camera, configurable cluster gauge displays, auxiliary and USB inputs, an 8” touchscreen interface, and an 11-speaker sound system.

2017 Lincoln MKZ interior, leather seats

Options included in the Select package include a tilt-and-telescopic powered steering wheel, a 110-V power outlet, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, a power closing trunk lid, a blind-spot monitoring system, ambient lighting, a leather upholstery, headlight surround accent lighting, and rear-cross traffic alerts.

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The Black Label Series offers everything above plus adaptive cruise control, lane-departure intervention and warning system, 19” wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, an automated parallel parking system, designer wood trimmings, massaging front seats, a rear power sunshade, interior design premium schemes, a special leather upholstery, and exclusive exterior colors.

2017 Lincoln MKZ Engine Specs

Under the hood of the 2017 Lincoln MKZ are three engines offered. The four-cylinder 2.0L turbocharged engine, to begin with, offers 240 hp and 270 lbs. ft. of torque. The power is transferred to either the standard FWD or the optional AWD via the six-speed automatic transmission system.

Next up is the 300 horsepower and 277 pounds-feet of torque – producing 3.7L V6 engine. The engine is paired to a six-speed automatic which then transmits the power to either the FWD or the AWD. The V6 model, according to various preliminary test drives conducted, only requires 6.7 seconds to zoom from 0-60 mph.

2017 Lincoln MKZengine

Although the Hybrid Review is covered elsewhere on the blog, its powerplant consists of a working synergy between an electric motor and a 2.0L four-cylinder engine with the result being an output of about 188 horsepower. The CVT then takes up the power to the FWD (there isn’t an option for an all-wheel drive here).

EPA says the Hybrid should be able to return 41/39/40 mpg in the city/highway/combined. Of course more details such as its top speed, curb weight, more iterations, and etc. should be expected upon its release date.

Price & 2017 Lincoln MKZ Release Date

2017 Lincoln MKZ Release date

Rumors allege the new 2017 Lincoln MKZ is slated for release early 2017 with the MKZ Hybrid expected to cost $35,190, and the MKZ Sedan an MSRP of about $34,790.

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2017 Lincoln MKS – Release Date, News and Rumors

Although there are better choices out there for a large, premium-brand sedan, the 2017 Lincoln MKS offers all the luxury sedan basics and costs less than many competitors. It offers a powerful fuel-thrifty turbocharged V6 engine, and abundant standard features. Its release date should be expected sometime in May 2017, according to rumors in automobile circles.

2017 Lincoln MKS exterior, headlights

On a long road trip, the MKS’s quiet passenger cabin is a relaxing place to roll away the miles. However, the most will find the ride quality lacking in overall refinement relative to other options in the segment. Most of its rivals are well-planted and feel more solid on a winding stretch of road.

Although Lincoln hasn’t said anything about the nameplate of its successor, an all-new replacement for the MKS is in the works and we should expect the announcement sooner or later. And in the ever-evolving and hyper-competitive world of big luxury sedans, there is need for constant changes and updates, and news to keep the model afloat in the minds of its fans.

2017 Lincoln MKS front view, grille and headlights

And even with so many appealing and compelling options nipping at the heels of the MKS, that isn’t to say that this dressed-up Ford Taurus version doesn’t have its unique strong points. The electronics interface is pleasing in terms of aesthetics. The passenger and truck are voluptuous, and adding icing to the cake is the turbocharged V6 engine rated at a healthy 365 horsepower.

2017 Lincoln MKS white color, taillights and tailpipe

There is no shortage of desirable rivals in its segment as alluded earlier. Some of these include the more expensive and more refined 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the European models like the 2017 BMW 5 Series, and the 2017 Audi A6.

2017 Lincoln MKS exterior, black color

We also suggest you take a look at similarly priced alternatives for a more apples-to-apples comparison. They include the 2017 Lexus ES 350, the 2017 Chrysler 300, the 2017 Hyundai Genesis, the 2017 Cadillac CTS, and finally, the 2017 Acura RLX.

Each of these 2017 Lincoln MKS rivals have their own strengths, but they perhaps tend to make the MKS feel and look dated in terms of features and overall performance.

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Offered Trims – Lincoln MKS

Two trim levels are offered for the 2017 Lincoln MKS: MKS and MKS EcoBoost trim models.

Interior Images & 2017 Lincoln MKS Exterior Spy Shots

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The redesigned base MKS model offers the following standard accessories and features: exterior keypad entry, adaptive xenon headlights, 19″ alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, suspension dampers with driver adjustability, remote start, automatic high beams, driver-side auto-dimming heated mirrors, and keyless ignition and entry.

2017 Lincoln MKS gear shift knob, dashboard and lcd screen

Interior wise, you get a telescopic-and-tilt powered steering wheel, ventilated and heated power front eight-way seats, automatic dual-zone climate control, driver memory settings, leather upholstered surfaces, a 10-speaker premium audio system, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a rearview camera, a CD player, satellite and HD radio, MyLincoln Touch display, and Lincoln’s Sync voice control.

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The MKS EcoBoost offers similar bells and whistles but further adds 20” wheels, a more powerful engine, and a standard AWD.

2017 Lincoln MKS interior, steering wheel and lcd screen

Plenty of options are bundled in packages such as power-adjustable pedals, a blind-spot monitor, HD radio, multi-contour front seats, a navigation system, a heated steering wheel, a frontal collision warning system, heated rear seats, an automated parallel-parking system, adaptive cruise control, a 16-speaker surround-sound system, massaging front seats, and wood interior accents.

2017 Lincoln MKS grille and headlights

Pending further additions upon its release date, the existing color palette includes Luxe Metallic, Guard Metallic, Ingot Silver Metallic, Java Metallic, Magnetic Metallic, Bronze Fire Metallic Tri-Coat, Platinum Dune Metallic Tri-Coat, White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat, Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, and Black Velvet Metallic.

2017 Lincoln MKS rear view, tailpipe and taillights

2017 Lincoln MKS Engine Specs

Under the hood of the base 2017 Lincoln MKS model is a 3.7L V6 engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission system. The system then takes up the power – 305 horsepower and 280 lbs. ft. of torque to either the FWD or the AWD.

2017 Lincoln MKS engine

EPA estimates the fuel economy to stand at 28/19/22 mpg on the highway/city/combined for the FWD, and 26/18/21 mpg for the AWD version.

The performance-themed EcoBoost model gets a 3.5L twin-turbocharged engine rated at 365 horsepower and 350 pounds-feet of torque. Fuel economy is rated at 25/17/20 mpg, and any user would only require 5.8 seconds to get past 60 mph.

Price & 2017 Lincoln MKS Release Date

2017 Lincoln MKS release date

Its release date should be expected sometime in May 2017. As for its price, various rumors allege the MKS Sedan will probably go for sale for an MSRP starting at $39,010.

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2017 Lincoln Navigator Release Date and Info

With its plush ride, affordable price tag, a spacious third-row seat, and an updated touchscreen control interface, the 2017 Lincoln Navigator is a solid choice for a traditional luxury SUV. However, there are other upscale crossovers in the segment that are easier to drive on a daily basis. Keep reading the review for up-to-date news on 2017 Navigator’s exterior and interior, release date, and price.

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Given the sheer number of high-end crossovers in the present market on the market, the small portion occupied by the Navigator doesn’t come as a surprise. But if traditional American style, ability to tow just about anything, three-rows of seating and lots of interior room are your thing, the 2017 Lincoln Navigator is definitely the SUV for you.

There are lots of aesthetic changes inside and outside of the vehicle, and this might help propel the vehicle back to the top. Interior wise, buyers will find its seats very comfortable even for long trips. And with a huge collection of upscale technologies inside, the driving experience simply can’t get any better. For instance, the BlackBerry-powered Sync 3 touchscreen interface comes with improved response times and a simplified menu bar.

2017 Lincoln Navigator exterior, front view, alloy wheels

With a maximum towing capacity rated at over 9,000 pounds, the Navigator is undoubtedly among the best in terms of towing and hauling tasks. The only downside to owing the Navigator would be its sheer size which might prove detrimental in certain spaces. Also, its base offers uninspiring interior materials.

2017 Lincoln Navigator rear angle, tailpipe and taillights

Two main competitors that buyers should consider before closing the deal on the Navigator include the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, and the 2017 Cadillac Escalade. The former offers of the best interior designs available and an available diesel engine. The Caddy, on the other hand, offers upscale safety features, and lots of standard features, but comes short on cargo volume and backseat space.

2017 Lincoln Navigator red color, alloy wheels

With its low pricing and appealing features, and talks of a lightweight body brought about by the extensive use of aluminum metal, the 2017 Lincoln Navigator is nevertheless a solid choice.

Trims Available – Lincoln Navigator

Just like before, the new 2017 Lincoln Navigator is available in only two iterations: standard-wheelbase and the extended-wheelbase Navigator.

Interior Spy Shots & Exterior I Reserve pictures – 2017 Lincoln Navigator

2017 Lincoln Navigator spy shots
2017 Lincoln Navigator spy shots

Both versions  comes standard with keyless ignition and entry, a power liftgate, 20-inch alloy wheels, rear auxiliary controls, foglights, power-adjustable pedals, automatic wipers, front and rear parking sensors, bi-xenon headlights, automatic dual-zone climate control, a heavy-duty tow package, heated and ventilated eight-way power front seats, second-row captain’s chairs, driver memory settings, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, power-folding running boards, and power-folding 60/40-split third-row bench.

2017 Lincoln Navigator steering wheel, lcd screen and dashboard

Equipment include two USB ports, a 14-speaker surround-sound audio system, a navigation system, the Sync 3 interface, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, HD and satellite radio, smartphone app integration, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, an 8-inch touchscreen interface, a 110-V household power outlet, a navigation system, and voice controls.

2017 Lincoln Navigator interior, leather seats

Individual options available include leather upholstered console, dash, and doors, a two-tone exterior paint, an adaptive suspension system, 22-inch wheels, a 7-inch headrest, a sunroof, a rear seat-entertainment system, heated second-row seats, and independent 7-inch headrest mounted screens.

2017 Lincoln Navigator front angle, grille and headlights

2017 Lincoln Navigator rear view, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Lincoln Navigator Engine Specs

Under the hood of the 2017 Lincoln Navigator is a turbocharged 3.5L V6 engine rated at 380 hp and 460 lbs. ft. of torque. The power is transferred to the rear wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission system.

A time of 6.7 seconds is all what you need to zoom from 0-60 mph with the standard wheelbase Navigator, at least according to Car and Driver test drives.

2017 Lincoln Navigator engine

As for the two-wheel drive Navigator, EPA fuel economy ratings stand at 22/16/18 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 20/15/17 mpg with the optional AWD.

Several credible sources put its towing capacity at an impressive maximum of 9,000 pounds.

Price & 2017 Lincoln Navigator Release Date

Various Lincoln sources monitoring the latest developments on the Navigator allege the release date should be expected in August 2017. Once available, only $63,090 will stand in the way between you and the Navigator.

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