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Ford is carving out a new future for its Lincoln brand, and the renovation begins with the 2013 Lincoln MKZ luxury sedan.
A concept version of the new four-door emerged at the 2012 Detroit auto show, wearing some of the styling themes that soon will grace the entire luxury lineup, and with some new features that will make their way across the brand's vehicles in the next three years.
Sharing some of the mechanicals found in the upcoming 2013 Ford Fusion, the next MKZ gets a milder version of the split-wing grille found on today's upscale Fords. Like the fantastic Fusion, the MKZ concept has a long, low four-door body, in this case with a more formal roofline and a full-width set of taillamps.
The look is "something warmer and more restrained," says the brand's chief designer Max Wolff, and it's "moving away from complex designs and traditional luxury."The cabin has some clever details, like neutral leather seats perforated to look like champagne bubbles, and pushbutton controls for the transmission, a detail that hasn't been seen on a Lincoln since the 1950s. Big 10.1-inch and 8-inch LCD screens in front of the driver and on the center stack serve as displays for gauges, mapping and in-car apps, governed by the Bluetooth-driven MyLincoln Touch system. A panoramic glass roof brings more light into the four-seat cabin.
No drivetrain or performance details were added during the show, but this video gives you some of the hints we've heard from Lincoln on how the new MKZ will drive, and how it will be sold, with more information on the way later this year at the 2012 New York auto show.