Lincoln MKZ

The Lincoln MKX is currently being built at Ford's Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico plant, and should be bringing in a dollar amount ranging from $29,950 to $37,790 depending on trim level and options selected. This mid-size luxury car from the Lincoln automobile division of the Ford Motor Company is the replacement for the 2006 Lincoln Zephyr. Lincoln brought back the Zephyr name in the fall of 2005 as a platform mate to the Ford Fusion and the Mercury Milan. It was intended to replace the cancelled 3.0L V6 version of the Lincoln LS as the mid-size entry-level Lincoln. Lincoln increased the Zephyr's engine size and power output, and changed the car's name to MKZ in 2006 for the 2007 model year. The MKZ is also the first Lincoln to use "MK" on its car name signifying a change in the company's naming philosophy. Ford and Lincoln originally announced the MKZ with a "Mark-Zee" pronunciation during the 2006 cars show circuit, but changed it to the phonetic "em-kay-zee" in July of 2006. The 2007 MKZ was first shown at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2006 with Ford's new-upgraded 263 hp Duratec 35 3.5 L V6 and as an all-wheel drive vehicle. Ford expects to add a hybrid version in the future, and hopefully it will come sooner than later. The 3.0L version remains the only V6 available for those models. The MKZ uses the Mazda6 derivative CD3 platform. While the car shares 35% of its body panels with the Ford Fusion and the Mercury Milan, the interior is completely unique to bring the car up to Lincoln's standards. Features like a 600 W THX sound system with 14 speakers also set it apart from the mainstream Ford, Mercury or Mazda versions. Lincoln seems to understand the importance of distinguishing their brand as a luxury automaker.