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.

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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.

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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.

2017 Lincoln MKZ rear angle, auto show, taillights and tailpipe

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.

2017 Lincoln MKS side view, alloy wheels

Offered Trims – Lincoln MKS

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

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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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Lincoln’s Expansion Continues with the 2019 Lincoln MKX

Lincoln is expanding the roster of its cars with the all-new 2019 Lincoln MKX model. The company has been going through a complete makeover. The reason? It’s parent company Ford decided to make greater investments and to triple the production of its luxury line.

Having more luxury vehicles is certainly good. And Lincoln is a company which does not mind benefiting from all of this. The long term goal for the company is to triple the sales of the luxury line by the year 2020. They have carefully laid their plan in front of us. And it looks pretty manageable. So we are waiting to see more news about their plans.

Their short term steps currently include dealing with individual cars and updating them. Lincoln first gave extensive updates to their MKZ and MKC models. These were the first vehicles that they modernized. The next one is the crossover MKX which is going to get the same kind of treatment.

The 2019 Lincoln Market

The idea of the company is to make the majority of its sales in China. The company quite frankly admits that they are going to concentrate on this market. This will probably make their sales numbers much manageable. In addition, it will help them reach their final quota.

Now, back to the 2019 Lincoln MKX, which is finally getting updated. Lincoln is changing MKX  for two reasons. The first one, that we mentioned the model is a part of the global growth which Lincoln is planning. And the other one, the fact that the sales of this car have not been going so well. The MKX was already in need of an update. And revamping it will bring the needed boost. Something the brand was lacking.

The initial idea was to base the 2019 Lincoln MKX on the latest MKX Concept Crossover model. This model was unveiled back in 2014 in Beijing. Now when they unveiled MKX for the fans at Detroit, we see how much alike the models have been.

The company improved the a lot. And we see that they are to offer a much larger potential for this car. They managed to reshape the car in this modern way. All in all, the vehicle is still missing some key information. And we are unveiling them here for you. We want to make them available for the general public to see.

The release date is set for the upcoming year. So there is no better way to learn about the information about the 2019 Lincoln MKX than here.

When can we Expect to See the 2019 Lincoln MKX for Sale?

The 2019 Lincoln MKX was very recently unveiled. However, there are still emerging information about it which we care to report on. The info about the car is coming out gradually. Some of it comes directly from Lincoln. And other information are leaking to us though different ways.

All in all, the official release date is still not set. But unofficially it might already been by the start of next year. Although some people think that it is more likely that it appears in the mid- year, our impression is still an early release date.

Lincoln is trying to speed up the process of releasing this model. Even though they are careful and producing the product as extensively as they can, they are not going to rush its production. We are saying that the comeback of the MKX is going to be a great thing for the company. They will for sure make a lot of fans happy.

Prices for the Newest 2019 Lincoln MKX

The updated version of the 2019 Lincoln MKX is going to have a bit higher price than now. The current model is going for a base MSRP price of $38,900. And with the prospect of a new MKX on the way with many new improvements, it is impossible for the price not to change. The vehicle will be available at around $40,000 now. And it will account for many improvements and additions which the vehicle is getting.

When you look at it, it is a normal price increase which you would expect to get and it does not go too high compared to the rivaling cars. But it is still somewhat expensive even for the luxury market. The model will certainly find its niche public as it always does and the expansion of its sales is very much expected to happen and it will make the necessary quota done. All in all, the MKX will probably get the increase in sales it deserves and we will get to see it gain much higher demands.

Updated Exterior Design

The newest 2019 Lincoln MKX is going to follow the same form all of the recent Lincoln cars have been redesigned with. It is a significant departure of what the outgoing model looks like and makes a lot of improvements and bases most of them on the Concept Crossover model seen a few years ago.

The new vehicles can best be described as being corporate looking as they have decided to go that direction and reshape the vehicle in that manner, bringing it a more stable new look for modern times. The initial changes which have been made include the addition of a split-wing grille and new blade like headlamps, while the profile has an elegant feel and look to it.

The model beforehand had a very boxy like appearance. The new model balances things about pretty well and reshapes the car so it looks contemporary and gives it a look which many modern people can relate to.

They also tried to make the newest MKX a much sportier model compared to the vehicle before. It comes with a new sloping roofline and will also gain new muscular rear fenders. The rear apron has also been changed and there are newly designed wraparound headlights as well.

The rear end will add a completely new rectangular exhaust pipe which gives a different kind of look for the rear part. Many of these features have been transferred from the MKX Concept model which we saw in Beijing and there was a case which said that the car look mostly production ready and had already been made as a vehicle that could go on sale. But they decided to use the parts this way.

New 2019 Lincoln MKX Interior

The inside of the 2019 Lincoln MKX will feature the look of a car which we have seen on the previous models before. The latest batch of Lincoln vehicles has borrowed the details of its design from other models and this is a good direction which Lincoln is taking their cars to as it mainly helps to redirect the line of vehicles in a steady way.

The luxury segment is pretty demanding and it is hard to compete and keep up with it. But the MKX is going to update by adding better and softer leather and by refining the surfaces and making the overall exterior seem so much better. High grade materials are seen everywhere and they also add wood and aluminum inserts as well. The seats are 22-way adjustable ones and they have even made a Revel audio system which is one of the main highlights of the car.

They have even enhanced the amount of convenience features inside which will help with the usability and usefulness of the car. But we do see some faults here as well. Many of the parts seem more like a facelift and not a real redesign.

The layout has not been changed and they still manage to go with the previously used own. Whether this is a good idea for them or not, they are making it work, but how much it will actually be worth remains to be seen. The layout is actually based on the old Ford Focus one which Lincoln has been using forever, so this was probably the model that could have changed all of that, but they decided to keep it for a bit longer.

Powertrain Capability of the 2019 Lincoln MKX

There are going to be two options for you under the hood of the 2019 Lincoln MKX cars. One is the 3.7-liter V-6 that can help the model deliver an output of 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The other is a 2.7-liter, EcoBoost V-6 which adds more power and gives the users a performance of 330 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque.

The differences between the two engines are not much, there is just an increase of 30 hp which separates them. Some people would say that the addition of the V-6 engine is pointless and that the model should have done better with a 3.5-liter V-6 option instead. But since the rivaling models all come with two engines choices, they only saw it fitting that the MKX has to have two as well. But the car would have done well even with the one engine.

0-60 mph and Top Speed

The newest updates made for the engines of the 2019 Lincoln MKX are not going to do anything impressive for the engine’s performance. The vehicle will still have the stable output that it had with the previous models. The time needed to reach 0-60 mph is 8 seconds and it is pretty standard compared to the competition. The top speed is labeled to be 155 mph which is also not in any way extreme once you look at the competing models.

The Fuel Economy of the 2019 Lincoln MKX

The fuel economy specs of the 2019 Lincoln MKX are not what you would call spectacular, but they are still perfectly suited for the segment and the car. Owing to the two engine variants there are also two different EPA ratings for the car. The first engine is rated with 17 mpg city, 26 highway, 20 combined, which is not impressive by the least. When using AWD the model makes 16/23/19 mpg. The second engine is going to have a rating of 17/26/21 mpg while the all-wheel versions will consume 17/24/19 mpg.

Have the Dimensions Changed?

The size of the 2019 Lincoln MKX is being kept the same and although the update was extensive they did not tamper with the dimensions. The length of the car is still at 190.0 inches and the wheelbase remains 112.2 inches. The width is 76.1 inches and the height is 66.2 inches. The passenger volume on the inside allows for a space of 107 cu ft and the cargo volume is pretty good with a capacity of 37 cu ft.

The Safety Improves as Well

They are adding the various kinds of gadgets for the 2019 Lincoln MKX. The safety is one of them which also gets newest additions. The new kind of technology implemented in this luxury line is probably a very standard set that you see in the variety of cars that exist now. But either way they are going to give a sort of an advantage for the MKX. It helps to improve the security of one. The gadgets added are a 360-degree camera system, cross-traffic alert, pre-collision assist, automatic parallel and perpendicular parking. As you can see the top line model gets a top of the line safety set.

Models that it will Compete Against

With the prospects of updating the 2019 Lincoln MKX, we get a real potential of the brand making their titled plan. The idea behind the update is to make greater sales. And to do that they have to surpass the competition first. This will be the first step to take. The current market is filled with luxury brands. And luxury cars that will oppose the MKX model are vehicles like the Lexus RX and Cadillac SRX.

These models will present the best that the market has to offer. And the idea which Lincoln has of expanding to China is something that not a lot of competitors are thinking of doing. At least not for now. All in all, we expect the brand to gain much more popularity with the new model. It just may end up reaching their plans sooner than expected.