The news from Lincoln for the last several years has been, "We're not dead." While they're far from being healthy, their model line is continuing to improve. The 2010 MKZ took its bow at L.A.'s show, and you'll see that the winged grill of the 2009 Lincoln MKS has made the transition to the smaller Lincoln. We saw a prototype of the new MKZ back in the spring. We liked it then and we still like it now.
The interior of the 2010 MKZ is also said to be significantly improved. We've seen the pictures you're seeing here, and spent some time with the MKZ during the summer to witness significant upgrades inside--with an almost Land Rover feel in the use of vertical lines and wood trim. The team used the MKS as a benchmark, and this is a good thing.
On the performance side of things, pre-show press releases offered scant details to back claims of quicker 0-60 mph times (7.1 versus 7.7 seconds), but the claims are there nonetheless. Apparently transmission calibrations have been modified, because the standard 3.5-liter V-6 retains an output of 263 horsepower.
We'll have driving impressions as soon as Ford sends the new 2010 MKZ out into the world.MORE PHOTOS:
2010 Lincoln MKZ
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