2020 Lincoln MKZ: Here’s What’s New And Different

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Yet another FoMoCo sedan is headed to the automotive graveyard. In this case, it’s the Lincoln MKZ, which is slated to be discontinued at the end of this year. But before that happens, the midsize luxury sedan is getting a few minor updates and changes. Here’s what’s new and different about the 2020 Lincoln MKZ.

Model Line

The 2020 MKZ model line sees a slight reconfiguration, as follows:

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2020 MKZ Trims:

  • MKZ
  • MKZ Reserve
  • MKZ Hybrid
  • MKZ Hybrid Reserve


2019 MKZ Trims:

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  • MKZ
  • MKZ Reserve I
  • MKZ Reserve II

Mechanical

The engine lineup also gets carried over, with three gasoline engines on tap:

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Exterior

Outside, the 2020 Lincoln MKZ sees a handful of changes and updates. First, four exterior colors are deleted while four new colors are added:

Deleted Colors:

  • Empire Blue Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Magma Red Metallic
  • Red Carpet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Silver Radiance Metallic


New Colors:

  • Blue Diamond Metallic
  • Crystal Copper Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Ingot Silver Metallic
  • Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat

The exterior color changes are followed by the introduction of two new 19-inch wheels:

  • A fully-polished black aluminum wheel available on MKZ Reserve (200A) and MKZ Hybrid Reserve (500A), included with the new Monochromatic Package (more on that package in a bit).
  • An ultra-bright machined aluminum wheel with glossy ebony pockets that’s available on MKZ (base/100A), MKZ Reserve (200A), MKZ Hybrid (400A) and MKZ Hybrid Reserve (500A).
19″ Ultra Bright Machined Aluminum Wheel with Gloss Ebony Black Painted Pockets


19″ High-Gloss Black Painted Aluminum Wheel included with Monochromatic Package

The last change to the exterior of the 2020 Lincoln MKZ is the addition of a body-color upper grille, which is included only with the Monochromatic Package, available on MKZ Reserve (200A) and MKZ Hybrid Reserve (500A).

Interior

The interior of the 2020 Lincoln MKZ sees no changes.

Driver Assist Technology

Much like the interior, the Driver Assist technology sees no changes for the 2020 model year. The Lincoln Co-Pilot360 suite of active safety features remains standard on all models, and includes:

  • Auto High Beams
  • Blind Spot Detection with Cross Traffic Alert (CTA)
  • Lane-Keeping System:
    • Driver Alert
    • Lane-Keeping Alert
    • Lane-Keeping Assist
  • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)”
    • Dynamic Brake Support (DBS)
    • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
    • Pedestrian Detection
  • Rear View Camera

As a reminder, the MKZ saw a few changes in the active safety department for the 2019 model year, including the addition of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop-and-Go as standard on MKZ Reserve I and MKZ Hybrid, as well as the addition of Rain Sensing Wipers as standard.

Packages

The final batch of changes to the 2020 Lincoln MKZ involves the introduction of several new packages:

  • Convenience Package; available on MKZ (100A) and MKZ Hybrid (400A). Includes:
    • 110V/150W AC Power Outlet
    • Ambient Lighting
    • Lincoln Experiences Phase II
    • Power Tilt/Telescoping Wollsdorf Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel with Memory
    • Power Trunk Lid with Soft Close
    • Two Rear Seat Charging USB Ports
    • Voice-Activated Touchscreen Navigation System
  • Elements Package; available on MKZ Reserve (200A) and MKZ Hybrid Reserve (500A). Includes:
    • Heated/Cooled First Row Seats
    • Heated Rear Seats
    • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Luxury Package; available on MKZ Reserve (200A) and MKZ Hybrid Reserve (500A). Includes:
    • Full Premium LED Headlamps
    • Multi-Contour Front Seats with Active Motion
    • Revel Ultima Audio System with 20-Speakers
  • Magnetic Package; available on MKZ Reserve (200A) only with Twin-Turbocharged 3.0L V6  engine. Includes:
    • 19-inch Machine-Faced Aluminum Wheel with Magnetic Painted Pockets
    • Magnetic Painted Upper Grille
    • Package is deleted when ordering Monochromatic Package
  • Monochromatic Package; available on MKZ Reserve (200A) and MKZ Hybrid Reserve (500A). Includes:
    • 19-inch High-Gloss Black Painted Aluminum Wheel
    • Unique Body Color Upper Grille
    • Available only with exterior colors Infinite Black Metallic or White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat

Looking Ahead

With the MKZ on its way out, the Continental will become the only remaining sedan in the Lincoln portfolio. However, even the Conti will be discontinued at the end of this generation, at which point we expect Lincoln to go forth without any sedans, as rumors of a Zephyr revival to replace the MKZ are just that – rumors.

And that’s all that’s new and different for the 2020 Lincoln MKZ, as the model winds down production in the near future with no replacement in sight. In the meantime, subscribe to Ford Authority for more Lincoln MKZ news, Lincoln news, as well as the latest Ford news coverage.

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  1. Ford has a very boring line up. What you need is a new 4 passenger T-Bird. to stop making cars is a big mistake, your stock decline should tell you something, no Crown Vic keep it up and Ford will no longer be.

  2. I could not agree more that cancelling all sedans is a grave mistake. I see no future for this company after the fad of driving pick-up trucks for general transportation and SUV’s fades away. The electric and AV vehicles will all flop in the market. Looks like I’ll have to go outside FoMoCo for my next sedan to replace my aging MKS. This is a shame since I’ve been a “Ford guy” since I was a little kid.

    I would love to see Hackett and Farley shown the door and see Ford spend money on building world class automobiles instead of squandering it on EV’s and AV’s. Looking at the stock price I think the market agrees with me. Put real car guy’s in their positions

  3. Jim Hackett really needs to GO, I wish Ford & Lincoln would hire Real Car Guys to run the companies. The Fusion & MKZ are good starter cars, but where is the cool model that would bring customers in & give them something to dream for. All Fusion should have been FWD with a AWD top model with Sports Back or Wagon. The MKZ should have had AWD models only, name change to Zephyr in 2013 which is how long the body style has been around. The Continental front end shouldn’t have never happened it needed to be more aggressive like the rear of the car that got No up dates. A full glass roof it’s the futuristic Lincoln that should have been aimed at the Imports with a 450hp Executive Top model. Instead of marketing to 35-40 customers Lincoln went the Quiet Luxury route 65-70 year olds. Now all Lincoln’s cars will quietly go away & the Brand will only sell SUV’s, you have to wonder what could have been for this company a great Luxury Car Maker & A great Opportunity Missed Epic Fail – Great Job Jim Hackett

  4. Not only is this sedan headed to the graveyard, but this poorly managed company that is being mismanaged by the inexperienced unqualified furniture guy may also be headed to the graveyard, as of 3-10-20 12:53 PM EDT, the stock is trading at $5.93/share.

  5. I like the look of the Fusion/Mondeo but wish that it was a better sedan. Ford has the new CD6 modular platform which accommodates FWD, RWD and AWD vehicles. Personally, I would like to see Ford bring back the Fusion on the CD6 platform with a RWD powertrain setup with AWD as an option. A base car with a small 1.5 or 1.6L engine and the 10-speed auto along with a 250hp 2.0L XR4-T, a 310hp/310tq 2.3L Sport performance model, a 2.7L 375hp/385tq ST model, a 405hp/415tq 3.0L XR6-T model, a 485hp/500tq 3.5L Ecoboost RS model, a 494hp/630tq 3.0 Vignale Grand Touring Hybrid model and a 660hp/550tq 3.5L Ecoboost SHO. Offer the car in both sedan and wagon models along with the lifted crossover style vehicle and Ford would be good to go. The vehicle wouldn’t be hard to make honestly, seeing that alot of the stuff on the current mustang fits to the CD6 chassis when it comes to suspension and drivetrain so upgrades such as suspension stuff from the GT performance pack level 1, GT performance pack level 2, GT350 and GT500 should all work with these cars. Using the performance AWD knowledge from vehicles such as the Focus RS, the Explorer ST and Taurus SHO with things such as torque vectoring, E-LSD differentials, magnetic ride and things like that, this car should be a great all around performance vehicle. The Vingale Grand Touring Hybrid would utilize the same luxury sport chassis and suspension setup as the Aviator Grand Touring (Set up for a sedan) with wheels and interior styling from the Lincoln Black Label parts bin. The base car would have a standard AWD setup without any of the performance level parts. The 10-speed auto, 10-speed hybrid auto, 7-speed DCT and 7-speed manual would serve as the transmission options for this car. Figure if Ford has this, the Mustang and the Explorer all on the CD6 platform, it gives people a better option than just the Charger, Camry, Altima, Maxima, Sonata and Optima in the sedan category, serves as a replacement to the Falcon in Australia since this car would be a global machine and it would also compete with the European sports cars as well. Ford needs at least one sedan in the game and a sedan (personally I think they need two but at least 1 would suffice for now). I would for Ford to bring back the Taurus on the CD6 platform, making it a bigger, more luxury oriented version of what i said about the new fusion above with a 494hp Vingale hybrid Grand Touring package to take the place of the Continental along with a 660hp SHO, a 485hp 3.5L RS, a 405hp ST, and a base 330hp 2.7L Ecoboost. Like the Fusion, the Taurus should have a longitudinal mounted AWD drivetrain but the difference being is that the Taurus will lack the 7-speed manual transmission, receiving only the 10-speed auto and 10-speed hybrid transmission options. Competing in the same segment the Lexus LS and Toyota Avalon compete in along with the Genesis G90 and the full size euro cars. This car offers everything a premium full size car should offer at a reasonable price point, undercutting even the Genesis G90. With those two sedans offering so much, you can bring in the new CD6 S650 Mustang as a car that would be more competitive with the BMW 8-Series. A base 420hp/415tq 3.0L V6, a 465hp/500tq 3.5L Ecoboost AWD ST, a 500hp/630tq 3.0L GT Hybrid, and a 660hp/550tq 3.5L High Output RS. Do the same with the Explorer, including making a Range Rover SVR competitor with the 660hp 3.5 High output Ecoboost, a 500hp Explorer Vignale GT hybrid, a 465hp Explorer RS, the 400hp Explorer ST and a base 330hp/390tq 2.7L Ecoboost.
    I don’t agree with getting rid of cars from the lineup, but i do agree that they should have gotten rid of the cars that they had, or revise them and put them on better chassis. What I do feel like is that they could get rid of the Ecosport, the Escape, the Edge, the Navigator, and the Aviator, Give the Expedition a Vignale package which would replace the Navigator, replace the Escape with a Ford Corsair, bring out the Bronco Sport and Bronco, give the Edge a Vignale package and update the Ranger and a few other things and Ford would be okay.

  6. My wife has a focus with 95000 miles on it she loves this car and gets 41mpg hiway. But, said its her last ford because she does not want a suv. Getting a new car 2022.

  7. My wife has a focus with 95000 miles on it she loves this car and gets 41mpg hiway. But, said its her last ford because she does not want a suv. Getting a new car 2022.bring back cars ford!

  8. My wife loves her 2016 MKZ but i think buying a 2020 is a big mistake since its being discontinued. I think i’ll try to sway her over to a BMW or a mercedes or even a KIA or ALTIMA—-BYE FORD

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