New 2017 Lincoln MKZ Unveiled: LA 2015

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This week, we’ll be reporting live from the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, where just this morning Lincoln pulled the wraps off their latest exercise of the “quiet luxury” philosophy: the 2017 Lincoln MKZ.

The new Lincoln MKZ mid-size luxury sedan only constitutes a mid-cycle refresh, but the adoption of Lincoln’s new signature grille, a revised (read: “more square”) front fascia, and a few other touches entirely change the car’s overall character. The rear of the car still has the same, oft-decried rear decklid, however, ensuring that the 2017 Lincoln MKZ certainly can’t be mistaken for the first model year of a new generation.

But perhaps the greatest addition to the new Lincoln MKZ lives underneath all that body work: a new twin-turbo, 3.0-liter, 400 horsepower V6. For now, that engine is exclusive to the Lincoln brand, and replaces the current normally-aspirated, 3.7-liter V6. Other options are limited to a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder as the base engine, or a normally-aspirated 2.0-liter paired with two electric motors in the hybrid. That 2.0-liter turbo is believed to be the same twin-scroll unit as found in the new 2017 Ford Escape, although Lincoln seems to be against using the same “EcoBoost” branding.

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Just like the outgoing model, the 2017 Lincoln MKZ will offer a choice of either front- or all-wheel drivetrain, although the optional 3.0-liter will offer somewhat less power on FWD models. A handful of new or updated technological features keep the luxury sedan up-to-date with its contemporaries, including SYNC 3, a revised Adaptive Cruise Control system, and more.

Be sure to check out the new 2017 Lincoln MKZ in the gallery below.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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