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Lincoln MKZ to retire July 21 2020

Lincoln MKZ to retire July 21 2020

We heard last week that the Lincoln MKZ is due to end production on the same day as the Ford Fusion on July 21 2020. It’s a sad day for Lincoln and for those of us who still like the look and driving experience of a sedan. Now is definitely the time to buy one if you want one!

Ford announced the end of the Fusion a long time ago but Lincoln hadn’t said much about the MKZ. As the two share a platform, it makes a kind of sense to discontinue both models at the same time.

As both are manufactured at the Ford Hermosillo plant in Sonora, Mexico, the timing is logical as the entire production line can then be retooled for the Bronco Sport.

It’s a real shame the MKZ is going. It’s more subtle than the Continental and still luxurious enough to take the fight to the Germans. I for one will be sad to see it go.

2020 Lincoln MKZ

The 2020 Lincoln MKZ has always offered a lot for the money. Yes it’s a luxury sedan with a premium price but the quality you get for that price has always been impressive.

The design has a real flow about it. Smooth lines from the very front, over the windshield and curved roof to the rear and over the trunk. Aside from the hood, there is very little panel detailing on the MKZ and I think this shows a certain maturity and self-confidence.

Inside, the cabin is as luxurious as you would expect from a Lincoln. It isn’t a four wheeled gentleman’s club like Lincoln’s larger models but is very definitely well presented. Upholstery and materials are top notch, finishing is superb, light and space are generous and technology is plentiful.

Under the hood

The 2020 Lincoln MKZ has three engine options, a 2.0-litre four cylinder that produces 245 hp, a 3.0-litre twin turbo V6 that produces 400 hp and a hybrid model that has 188 hp. All use a well-tuned automatic transmission to send power to the front wheels. AWD is an option.

As you would expect, you get a lot for your money with an MKZ. Safety is taken care of by automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warnings, active lane control, blind-spot monitors, rear parking sensors, automatic high-beam headlights, and adaptive cruise control.

Technology is taken care of with dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power front seats, digital gauges, 14-speaker Revel audio system, satellite navigation, ambient lighting, rear USB charging ports, leather seats and a whole lot more depending on what trim you go for.

It’s a sad time for sedans as they become an endangered species. If you want one of the better domestic sedans that still deliver a great driving experience, the 2020 Lincoln MKZ is at Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2 right now.

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