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Lincoln Zephyr Diecast Design Patent Filed In U.S.

The Lincoln Zephyr name was brought back in the form of a brand new, tech-heavy, Gen Z-focused luxury sedan that officially debuted back in November 2021 and launched in March 2022, but with one big catch – it’s only sold in China. However, Ford Authority previously spotted the Zephyr testing on U.S. roads last December, and The Blue Oval also filed to trademark ‘Lincoln Zephyr” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that same month. Now, a new Lincoln Zephyr diecast design patent has been filed in the U.S. as well.

Lincoln Zephyr Diecast Patent Filing - Exterior 002 - Side

As a pure design patent, this filing contains little more than some computer generated images of the forthcoming Lincoln Zephyr diecast model, of which a couple are already on sale from various vendors. Regardless, it is telling that this filing was completed in the United States, where the Lincoln Zephyr isn’t currently sold – nor is any other sedan from the luxury brand or its parent company, Ford.

In China, the Zephyr is offered in two trim levels – the Zephyr iCool and Zephyr iEnjoy – and features the brand’s signature horizontal design language, but also introduced 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.

Lincoln Zephyr Diecast Patent Filing - Exterior 003 - Rear Three Quarters

The interior is perhaps even more notable, chock full of tech features such as 12.3- and 27-inch coast-to-coast touchscreens, Constellation HMI – which projects a star-laden night sky inside the cabin, 128-color ambient lighting options, a 13-speaker Revel audio system, a VPA (virtual personal assistant), Lincoln Co-Pilot 360 2.0, the BlueCruise hands-free driver-assist feature, Adaptive Cruise Control with stop-and-go and lane-centering technology, SYNC+ with V2X (vehicle-to-everything) functions, and various themes and driving modes. The luxurious sedan is powered by the turbocharged Ford 2.0L powerplant, which churns out 246 horsepower and 376 Nm of torque (277 pound-feet) and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

We’ll have more on the Zephyr soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Lincoln newsLincoln Zephyr news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. JE

    The Zephyr is the only Lincoln I would buy today. A shame it’s for sale only in China. The incomplete, boring and cookie cutter Lincoln lineup actually offered in North America, for me is nothing but junk. The day Lincoln produces a sedan or a sports coupe, I’ll step a foot again in a Lincoln dealer. Not before.

    1. Rob Mc

      Ford is in desperate need of new design people. All there vehicles lack styling and a sophisticated look in the sheet metal. Even there trucks are very plain looking.

  2. Pologrounder

    This just looks like a revamped MKZ. I had a 2007. Mechanically speaking, I loved it but my head kept hitting the headliner. If you were 5’11” or taller it would’nt take long to leave your headprint. I hope they added some headroom but from the looks of the prototype, NOT 🙁

  3. Michael K

    What’s with the tiny side-view mirrors? Camera mirrors?

  4. Bernard R Jones. Jr.

    I want a Lincoln Zephyr not a SUV. I have a Lincoln 2020 MKZ.

    1. ArtG

      Same here. 2020 3.0. They’ve lost me as a loyal customer. I have no interest in a boring SUV/CUV.

    2. Wendy

      I couldnt agree more. I have a 2018 MKZ and love it. Not everyone wants to drive a SUV and i wish these automobile manufacturers that removed all their cars would realize that. Sure the Navigades are pretty but i dont need to haul a soccer team around. I want good fuel mileage in an AWD sedan.

  5. Bill

    As a Lincoln manager, I would embrace the Zephyr coming to the US. Lincoln needs to increase its lineup with more models. Right now it’s like Lincoln is the US version of Land Rover.

  6. Jerome

    Lincoln need to bring tht new sedan bck out with the double sun roofs Sedan them ook dope as hell

  7. Venom5.0

    Bring it back, Cadillac has 2 sedans which sales have been on the uptick (CT4 and CT5). I bought a new 2023 CT5-V few months back to complement along side my 18 Mustang GT PP1

  8. Venom5.0

    And bring the current new fusion that’s sold as Taurus in Middle East. I’m not saying a whole profile of sedans, but Fusion sold huge in the Midwest and I’m sure it would sell in decent numbers being an efficient modern product.

  9. Ford Owner

    Bring the Lincoln Zephyr as an electric sedan and I will trade in my Fusion Hybrid!

    1. Ford500guy

      This has to be the STUPIDEST idea ever. Get real Charlie Brown.

  10. Former Ford owner for decades

    So we can’t own a real new Zephyr, we can own a scale model?

  11. Ekwuqcha

    I have a 2006 Lincoln zephyr I love it because it has a unique stile it stands alone I don’t see many cars that compare with it . unlike the newer models that tend to look like most other cars

  12. David S

    I agree, Lincoln should bring back a sedan. I am not a fan of cuv/suv/trucks. I recently purchased a 2017 Continental and think this will probably be my last Lincoln after 30 years of driving Lincolns.


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