The all-new 2013 Lincoln MKZ luxury sedan has officially been revealed, and fortunately, it looks very much like the MKZ concept that was unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Making its debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show, the production model is said to represent the future of Lincoln in both style and substance. Ford‘s luxury brand is pinning a lot on the new sedan.
Outside, the new MKZ features a sweeping profile. Its steeply raked windshield and lengthened backlight make for a sleeker and more flowing appearance that is 10 percent more aerodynamic than the model it replaces. Despite its futuristic theme, the design retains classic Lincoln design elements, including a more refined interpretation of the split-wing grille. The sedan’s rearview mirrors are mounted on the doors, enabling the front door glass to extend farther forward to improve visibility and to allow even more light into the interior. Sharply-crafted LED front and rear lights also help deliver a sophisticated, ultra-modern look.
Inside, the 2013 MKZ features bold architectural elements, rich natural materials and fine details. The wide center console is both modern and sophisticated, providing for an easily accessible gateway to the sedan’s assortment of high-tech features. Not to knock on Lincoln, but the overall styling of the center stack seems to takes a page from the previous Acura TL.
Going back to high-tech features, Lincoln’s engineers have replaced the traditional mechanical transmission shift lever with a contemporary five-button interface for selecting the gears. Standard luxury amenities include an 11-speaker audiophile entertainment system, cabin air filtration, heated front seats, remote start capabilities and Active Noise Control. Also available is a full-color 10.1-inch LCD instrument cluster that functions with the latest SYNC with MyLincoln Touch, a massive retractable Panoramic Roof and a huge array of safety tech.
The 2013 MKZ will be offered with three powertrains. The standard engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower (uses premium fuel) and 270 lb-ft of torque. The engine delivers an estimated fuel-efficiency rating of 22 miles per gallon city and 33 mpg highway. Second on the list is the optional 3.7-liter V6 that produces 300-HP and 277 lb-ft of torque, returning 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. Finally, there is a hybrid powertrain that produces a combined 188-HP from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder and electric drivetrain. Lincoln says the MKZ hybrid will be the most fuel-efficient premium sedan on the market when it goes on sale.
All non-hybrid models come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and a front-wheel-drive setup, with paddle shifers and an all-wheel-drive setup offered as optional features. The MKZ Hybrid is only offered with a CVT and a front-wheel-drive setup.
BMW Vision M Concept Is A Stunning And Futuristic M1
Does this concept preview a more-powerful i8 successor or even a supercar wearing the M1 badge?
BMW has unveiled the BMW Vision M Next concept, a design study that could do the iconic M1 some serious justice, though it also looks like a next-generation i8. Like modern concept cars, it is an electrified vehicle with autonomous tech.
More specifically, the Vision M Next concept is powered by a rear-mounted turbocharged four-cylinder engine and two electric motors — one on each axle — that generate a combined output of 600 horsepower, enough power for a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) acceleration time of 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph (299 km/h).
The electric drivetrain is also capable enough to let the Vision M Next travel up to 62 miles (100 km) without the gas engine.
In keeping up with the Jones, the BMW Vision M Next concept features autonomous driving capability for when you have places to go but just don’t feel like driving all that much. It can also park itself after reaching your destination.
Depending on who you ask, the futuristic exterior looks like a sci-fi M1 (it gives of strong TRON vibes) or a more angular i8 with unique color blocking at both ends. The front and rear portions are finished in a matte neon Thrilling Orange paint job that pop against the rest of the exterior’s silk-matte Cast Silver metallic paintwork, while the front rims have a traditional silver-and-black two-tone finish and the rear sets boast Thrilling Orange inserts that match the body.
The interior is just as radical as the exterior and is accessed via gullwing doors that can be opened and closed with a mere glance thanks to a facial recognition system. The cockpit features a sleek digital dashboard, a curved glass center display, and an augmented reality head-up display.
BMW says the Vision M Next “provides a glimpse into the future of sporty driving” but didn’t announce any production plans. Would you like to see it go from concept to reality? Let us know in the comments below.
Hotter Acura NSX Type R With 650 HP Is Speeding Your Way
In addition to the extra power and unique styling touches, expect suspension and brake upgrades.
Acura is reportedly working on a higher performance NSX adorned with the Type R badge.
The Acura NSX Type R will benefit from a long list of performance upgrades to should allow it to better compete with the McLaren 570S and other rivals, not the least of which is an increase in total output from 573 to 650 horsepower.
According to Forbes, Acura’s flagship supercar will also have a stiffer suspension, steering enhancements, bigger carbon-ceramic brakes, unique carbon aerodynamic elements, and interior enhancements.
The improvements should drive pricing above $200,000 — a premium of at least $40,000 over the basic NSX.
If the report is true, the Acura NSX Type R will make its official debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. What are you hoping to see?
Maserati Will “Never” Be All-Electric, Here’s Why
“This is a brand that needs combustion engines” and “raw emotion.”
Maserati promises that its electrification push won’t result in a lineup consisting entirely of pure battery-powered vehicles.
When parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vowed in 2017 that every new Maserati model would be electrified starting in 2019, it didn’t make clear what that entailed exactly. We presumed the initiative would begin with a series of mild hybrids before expanding to plug-in cars.
Well, Maserati North America head Al Gardner has provided some clarification, revealing that the luxury marque will never become an all-electric brand.
“This is a brand that needs combustion engines,” he said in an interview with Motor Trend. “It needs that raw emotion.”
In fact, Gardner wants to see Maserati return to its motorsport roots. It was founded as a race car company in 1914 and remained race-focused until 1947 when it introduced the A6 grand tourer.
FCA is hard at work on several hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains and an all-electric version of the upcoming Alfieri sports car (pictured), with the intent of having a full suite of electrified Maserati vehicles by the end of 2022.