If we can rely on the latest reports, the 2021 Lincoln MKZ will be the last model year of this mid-size sedan. Given the current situation on the market, where crossovers dominate, it’s not hard to presume that we won’t see a successor. Simply, the company will focus on crossovers and SUVs, while sedans won’t be in production anymore. So, the 2021 Lincoln MKZ will be the last model year. This means we shouldn’t expect to see any particular change for the next year.
That means you may count on the same luxury sedan that, despite the age, still delivers a quite good driving experience. It may not be the sportiest model in the class, but it offers a pretty amazing level of comfort and really comfortable ride. Also, there is a choice of three different powertrain options, while you’ll also appreciate the models above-average predicted reliability rating. Given the lack of changes, the 2021 Lincoln MKZ should hit the market sometime late in the year.
2021 Lincoln MKZ Redesign
When it comes to base design characteristics, this is essentially the same model that debuted eight years ago. Of course, we are talking about a mid-size sedan that measures around 112.2 inches in wheelbase and rides on a well-known CD4 platform. Of course, it delivers power to front wheels, which not a bad thing in this case, as you may think at first.
When it comes to styling, the overall shape is pretty familiar. Still, front and rear ends have been significantly updated a couple of years ago. As you may presume, they were completely adapted to the brand’s newest design language, established by models like Navigator and Continental. The front end includes more classic design solutions, while the rear of the car is also on a conservative side. In any case, we don’t expect to see any particular change for the next year.
When it comes to interior design, we don’t expect to see any bigger changes either. The 2021 Lincoln MKZ will carry on with the same cabin. Despite the attractive look and pretty solid materials quality, it doesn’t actually keep the pace with the rivals. Still, the amount of standard and available equipment is more than decent, while we particularly like visibility, which is pretty good in all directions.
The sound insulation is pretty good too, while the amount of space is generous. This sedan accommodates five adults with ease, as well are talking about two quite generous rows of seats. The cargo area also stands pretty good, as you may count on 15.4 cubic feet behind the second row. The volume goes down with the hybrid version, which offers around 11 cubic feet of cargo space.
Despite yearly updates usually bring a couple of novelties in terms of standard equipment, we don’t expect to see too many novelties in this case. Moreover, most of the things are expected to remain the same. So, base models should come standard with goodies like an 8-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, satellite radio, and an 11-speaker stereo. In higher trim levels, you can also get goodies like HD Radio, two more USB ports, navigation, premium audio system etc.
When it comes to safety features, the current model comes standard with goodies like forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, and lane keep assist. Additionally, you can get a couple of more goodies, adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors and a parallel parking assist system.
2021 Lincoln MKZ Engines
Under the hood, the 2021 Lincoln MKZ will continue with three familiar engine options. Base models will continue with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. That’s more than a decent amount of power, which will satisfy most drivers. If you’re looking for something peppier, there is a new 3.0-liter turbo-four. This one puts out around 400 horsepower and offers notably better driving dynamics.
Those who are looking for something on an efficient side can pick a hybrid version of the sedan. It features a system with 188 horsepower. It’s not particularly powerful, but you may count on pretty decent 42 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. The base gasoline engine returns around 20 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The V6 returns around 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
2021 Lincoln MKZ Release Date and Price
This will be the last model year of the current generation and no bigger changes are expected. So, the 2021 Lincoln MKZ should hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. Also, the price should remain pretty much the same, which means that base models should go around 37.000 dollars.