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(from Ford Press
Release) 2010 LINCOLN MKZ BUILDS ON SUCCESS WITH NEW FACE, NEW
INTERIOR, MORE FEATURES, QUIETER EXPERIENCE
Lincoln comfort, quality and driving experience paid forward in
the 2010 Lincoln MKZ with updated design, new features and
-- New Sport Appearance Package with sport-tuned
suspension shifts driving experience to the next level,
especially with optional all-wheel drive. Six-speed SelectShift
automatic transmission is standard. Powertrain performance is
improved dramatically, with 0-60 mph times dropping from 7.7 to
-- 2010 MKZ joins new MKS and will be followed by MKT
full-size luxury crossover next summer, further building on
Lincoln’s successful portfolio
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19,
2008 – Customers who have come to equate Lincoln with elegant,
modern design, unparalleled comfort, unrivaled features and top
quality have still more reason to favor the brand: the new 2010
Lincoln MKZ mid-size sedan.
“The new MKZ improves on the success of the current vehicle with
Lincoln’s new signature look, appointments that amplify and expand
the Lincoln portfolio and a faster, more refined powertrain,” said
Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas.
New for 2010, the MKZ features a new sport version with special
sport suspension tuning with stiffer springs and larger stabilizer
bars, 18-inch Euroflange polished wheels, darkened grille and
headlamps, and an interior with contrasting piping and unique
The new Lincoln MKZ also offers segment-exclusive features,
including first-in-class Blind Spot Information System (BLIS™) with
Cross Traffic Alert (CTA), which makes navigating traffic and
parking lots safer and easier.
BLIS tracks vehicles in the blind-spot zones on either side of the
vehicle using two multiple-beam radar modules behind the rear
fenders. Indicator lights in the outside rear-view mirror on both
sides of the vehicle warn the driver when a vehicle enters the
defined blind-spot zone, extending from the side mirror to 10 feet
behind the vehicle and 10 feet away from the vehicle.
CTA uses the BLIS radar sensors to alert the driver of approaching
traffic while in reverse and backing out of a parking spot. The CTA
tracks up to 65 feet on either side of the vehicle and warns the
driver through both audible and visual alerts.
In addition to this new technology for mid-size sedans, MKZ offers
SYNC, Next-Generation Voice-Activated Navigation, keyless entry,
EasyFuel capless fuel filler, THX-branded audio and adaptive HID
The new MKZ also features Lincoln signature design elements,
including the split-wing grille and thinner wraparound head lamps
for a wider, sportier look. Its chamfered front fascia also shares a
family resemblance with the MKS, with a sculpted hood and ridges
flowing into the A-pillar. In the rear, the Lincoln MKZ features a
new decklid with wider LED taillamps accentuating the width of the
car and separated by the Lincoln star.
The Lincoln MKZ’s presence is enhanced by 17-inch aluminum wheels,
available 17-inch chrome wheels, and available 18-inch polished
aluminum wheels, which are included in the Sport Appearance Package
with sport-tuned suspension.
Inside, MKZ’s cabin reflects an even more upscale look featuring
genuine aluminum and wood depending on the trim package, an all-new
instrument panel, detailed touches including new welcome lighting,
chimes, tuxedo stitching on luxury leather seats and Bridge of Weir
The world-renowned luxury leather from Scotland, pioneered on the
classic Lincoln Continental Mark II and used on the MKS, wraps the
MKZ seats. The MKZ leather is unembossed, allowing the natural
beauty and character of the grain to shine through.
The leather is milled for up to 12 hours to ensure a buttery soft
hand, and Bridge of Weir uses a chromium-free tanning process, which
makes it easier to recycle.
“We’ve increased the luxury feel and improved on what was already a
great interior,” said Peter Horbury, executive director of Design,
The Americas. “We have a new interior theme with all-new primary
touchpoints, complemented by new features and technologies that make
the 2010 Lincoln MKZ stand out in the competitive mid-size segment.”
improvements to the 2010 Lincoln MKZ interior include:
-- Armrest clamshell
-- New daytime lit and 3-dimensional instrument cluster layout
with center speedometer
-- New door trim with 360-degree door handles
-- Redesigned center stack with high-mounted, Next-Generation
-- Leather-wrapped steering wheel with real wood insert
-- Interior schemes include Dark Charcoal or Steel Gray with
Swirl Walnut accents, or Light Camel with Olive Ash wood accents
Technology and information at your
The new Lincoln MKZ is
more than just a pretty face and striking new interior. New
technology features help Lincoln’s new mid-size sedan stand out,
too. They include:
-- SYNC: The
voice-activated hands-free in-car communication and
entertainment system developed by Ford and Microsoft. The system
fully integrates most Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones and
digital media players, providing customers hands-free cell phone
and music selection capabilities – plus new 911 Assist and
Vehicle Health Report provided with no monthly fees.
When a phone is properly paired, turned on and connected to
SYNC, the system is ready to assist in placing a call
directly to a local 911 emergency operator in the event of
an air bag-deploying accident. The key advantage of SYNC 911
Assist is speed, as calls are placed directly to local 911
Vehicle Health Report (VHR): SYNC gathers relevant
information from the major vehicle control modules and
packages diagnostic data into a usable format in a matter of
minutes. That data packet is sent to Ford via an 800-number
automatically dialed using the customer’s paired and
operable mobile phone.
Navigation, which integrates several functions including
voice recognition destination entry, climate control and SIRIUS
satellite radio into one easy-to-use system, displaying them on
an 8-inch touch-screen display. The navigation system’s
text-to-speech function calls out street names while in route to
a destination and reads incoming text messages when the system
is linked to SYNC. The integrated DVD player is capable of
reading CD-Audio, MP3 CDs, DVD, DVD-Audio and DVD-ROM (for
digital map updates). A music jukebox function stores more than
150 hours of music. The screen even can be customized with
SIRIUS Travel Link™, an industry-leading technology that,
when combined with the voice-activated navigation system will
provide users with real-time traffic data with accident and
incident information, coast-to-coast weather data including
current conditions and five-day forecasts, and fuel price
information for over 120,000 gas stations.
Travel Link also offers sports scores and schedules and a
listing of more than 4,500 movie theaters with movie times,
theater addresses, movie synopses and more.
Reverse Camera System mounts a small camera on the
decklid that is activated when the Lincoln MKZ is shifted into
reverse, giving the driver a clear view behind the vehicle.
The video image is displayed in the navigation screen on Lincoln
MKZs equipped with that option or in the self-dimming rearview
mirror on vehicles without navigation.
Ambient Lighting System is displayed around the footwells,
cup holders, door map pockets, door release handles, door and
instrument accents and scuff plates – plus special “Welcome” and
“Farewell” sequential lighting.
THX II Premium Certified Audio System with 5.1 Surround Sound,
which is provided by a 12-channel amplifier that delivers 600
watts to 14 strategically placed speakers, including two
subwoofers. A center channel speaker array features THX Slot
Speaker™ technology, which allows for a wider sound image and
better control of how music is distributed throughout the
vehicle’s acoustically engineered cabin. In addition, the system
features a 10 GB hard drive jukebox, allowing Lincoln owners to
store up to 2,400 of their favorite music tracks.
Other features for the
2010 Lincoln MKZ include:
wipers, which detect moisture on the windshield and activate
A new cabin air filter, which removes respiratory
irritants and toxins caused by traffic and industrial pollution.
Additionally, the air filter protects the HVAC/climate control
system by blocking water and moisture.
Adaptive HID headlamps, which rotate according to speed
and steering inputs to allow greater visibility around turns
SOS Post Crash Alert, which activates the horn, emergency
flashers, automatically unlocks doors and turns on the
interior/puddle lamps when an air bag is deployed. The system
activates the emergency flashers when a spinout is detected.
Faster engine performance, strong
3.5-liter V-6 Duratec engine powers the 2010 Lincoln MKZ, delivering
263 horsepower and 249 pounds-feet of torque. The 3.5-liter uses a
compact, lightweight dual-overhead cam valvetrain for peak power and
smooth operation at high RPMs.
This engine also incorporates intake variable cam timing to optimize
valve timing for a smooth idle and an impressive broad torque curve
with good power.
The six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, which is
front-wheel drive with all-wheel drive available, is standard on the
2010 Lincoln MKZ. Powertrain performance is improved dramatically,
with 0-60 mph times dropping from 7.7 to 7.1 seconds.
The engine – and the MKZ itself – is quieter. Every piece of sound
packing was redone.
“The customer definitely should notice how quiet the new MKZ is,”
said Chief Engineer J.D. Shanahan. “That’s important – especially
with luxury sedan buyers who perceive that quietness equates to
The MKZ engineering team also concentrated on the engine mount
subsystem, finding the sound that balances sportiness and luxury,
said Matt Hettenhouse, powertrain team leader.
A high 10.3:1 compression ratio and aluminum cylinder heads designed
for high air flow and optimized combustion help complete the
package, supporting the engine’s ability to deliver great
performance and fuel economy, along with low emissions.
Unique to the 2010 Lincoln MKZ are re-engineered resonators on the
air-induction system. “They deliver the powerful, refined sound
Lincoln MKZ customers expect,” Hettenhouse said.
The six-speed transmission allows for lower early gears for better
acceleration and taller high gears for better highway mileage. The
new standard SelectShift provides the driver with manual gear
selection for enhanced sportiness. Downshifts are locked out to
protect the engine from over-revving. The “enhanced overdrive
cancel” mode locks out the fifth and sixth gears, allows shifts at
higher speed for more engine braking and downshifts for “grade
The 2010 Lincoln MKZ was
completely revised and uniquely tuned for ride comfort.
The team changed the
rear suspension lower control arm control point to move the roll
center closer to the center of gravity, which improved the
ride-handling characteristics. A hydraulic variable-flow steering
pump changes the flow rate at lower speeds to give better response,
improving the turning circle and easier parking efforts.
The Lincoln MKZ’s available all-wheel drive (AWD) system has been
retuned for better traction and lower noise, vibration and
harshness. The system uses an electro-mechanical clutch and employs
two basic modes of torque transfer – pre-emptive torque (before
wheel slip) and slip-control torque (after wheel slip). This dual
system gives the driver confidence in any situation, while the
suspension has been specially tuned to be more neutral when
“When the Lincoln MKZ accelerates, even lightly, from a stop on any
surface – dry pavement, wet pavement, sand, gravel, ice, mud –
pre-emptive torque is transferred to the rear wheels,” said Jim
Fritz, AWD product development engineer. “As an added measure to
control front wheel slip on slippery surfaces, slip control torque
is added to equalize front and rear wheel speeds.”
The AWD system works in harmony with brake traction control to
deliver more confidence to Lincoln MKZ customers. Ford’s AdvanceTrac
electronic stability control keeps drivers in command as well.
“The driving experience has been improved, delivering a better ride
and vehicle control,” Shanahan said. “Ride enhancements, a new sport
package, new technologies, the signature Lincoln design and a strong
quality story help the new 2010 Lincoln MKZ set a new standard in
mid-size luxury sedans.”
The 2010 Lincoln MKZ is built at Ford’s Hermosillo (Mexico) Stamping
and Assembly Plant and will be in dealer showrooms in spring 2009.
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