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New 2017 Lincoln MKZ Unveiled: LA 2015

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.

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.

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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