2017 Lincoln MKZ-08

The Lincoln MKZ has been given a mid-life refresh and this update is a pretty significant one. For one, the smallest Lincoln gets a fresh face featuring a new signature grille, first seen on the Continental Concept at the New York Auto Show in March this year. Adaptive LED headlamps are now available.

Ford’s luxury brand has thrown in a new engine as well, and it’s a brawny one. For now, the 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6 is a Lincoln-exclusive, and it pushes out 400 hp and 542 Nm of torque to be the most powerful Lincoln ever. The GTDI motor is combined with all-wheel drive, and there’s a Driver’s Pack that adds a torque-vectoring rear differential as on the new Focus RS. Yes, on a Lincoln.

The pack also includes 19-inch wheels, Ebony-painted calipers, light Magnetic-painted grille, Ebony interior with carbon fibre appliqués, customisable multi-contour seats and aluminium pedal covers. Retuned continuously controlled damping and suspension also feature. Available Lincoln Drive Control allows drivers to choose from three drive modes – Comfort, Normal and Sport.

2017 Lincoln MKZ-04

The same V6 puts out an estimated 350 hp in the front-wheel drive variant. Also available are a 245 hp 2.0 litre turbocharged GTDI four-cylinder and a hybrid model.

Inside, engineers paid particular attention to the sound and feel of new switches and dials that replace slider adjustments for easier control of ventilation and audio functions. Commonly used buttons and USB ports are now easier to access. Lincoln says that its fully retractable panoramic glass roof offers the largest open-air roof among sedans. Active Noise Control helps to reduce NVH.

Other highlights are available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, an auto hold feature that keeps the car at a complete stop without the driver having to press and hold the brake pedal, enhanced park assist that uses ultrasonic sensors to help the MKZ steer itself into a parallel or perpendicular parking spot and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection. On sale in the US next summer.