The Lincoln Zephyr Reflection Concept was revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show back in April as a rather stunning sedan designed specifically for the Chinese market. At the time, Lincoln noted that the concept was the latest expression of its “Quiet Flight product DNA” and also previewed the brand’s future styling direction. That design carried over mostly unchanged to the production 2023 Lincoln Zephyr, which leaked earlier this month, while the sedan’s Evos-inspired interior followed suit earlier this week. Now, the production 2023 Lincoln Zephyr – the first Lincoln model built in China for the Chinese market – has been officially revealed, and it represents a pretty big leap forward – both in terms of design and technology – for the iconic brand.
“For nearly a century, Lincoln has been redefining luxury with stunning design, advanced technologies and world-class products,” said Lincoln president Joy Falotico. “We are committed to listening to the needs of our customers and the all-new Zephyr is a perfect example of this. The all-new Lincoln Zephyr is specifically designed for the young, Chinese customer and continues our tradition of reimagining design and technology for the future.”
The Zephyr features Lincoln’s signature horizontal design language, but also introduces a number of new elements including its full-width light bar up front, Embrace and Farewell signature welcome lighting, a “Welcome Mat” that illuminates the ground, full-width horizontal stripes, and taillights with a 3D floating effect. The interior is specifically targeted at Gen Z customers, with a 12.3-inch digital cluster and a massive 27-inch coast-to-coast fully customizable touchscreen that can be split into multiple displays or kept as a fullscreen.
The screen is also capable of doing some pretty nifty things, including what Lincoln calls “The Future Letter.” After customizing content on the massive screen, owners can then schedule content to appear at designated times. And if that isn’t enough, there are a total of 128-color interior ambient lighting options, digital scents, and four relaxation modes to add a bit more luxury to the driving experience.
The interior’s new Lincoln Constellation HMI theme is inspired by the night sky and the cosmos, presenting the driver with a number of modes including Dashcard, Solo, Co-pilot, and Individual intelligent operation. The massive screen runs special software Ford calls phase-4 SYNC+, which is only available in China and enables over-the-air update capability. The 2023 Lincoln Zephyr also comes equipped with Lincoln Co-Pilot 360 2.0 and the new Lincoln ActiveGlide Level 2 hands-free highway driver-assist feature.
“The Lincoln Zephyr is a true masterpiece that brings together the expertise of our global team in California and the exceptional talent of our local team in China, said Lincoln China president Mao Jingbo. “Every detail from the inside out is crafted based on a deep understanding of our, young Chinese clients, and I am confident that the Lincoln Zephyr fully features intelligent experiences of the future.”
The Zephyr is powered exclusively by a 2.0L gas engine, which is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The sleek new sedan is expected to go on sale in China in Q1 of 2022.