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Lincoln MKZ luxury sedan debuts at NY Auto Show

Ford is changing the name of its luxury

Ford is changing the name of its luxury Lincoln brand and launching a renewed marketing campaign around the 2013 Lincoln MKZ. (Credit: Jose Moreno (2012))

The new Lincoln MKZ made its debut at the New York Auto Show this week. Based on the Ford Fusion, the mid-sized luxury sedan's styling is distinctive from any angle.

In the rear, the trunk is raised, the spoiler is molded in, and the exhausts are flush with the oversized bumper. The side profile is elegant and sleek and could easily be mistaken for the lines on any number of its German luxury vehicle counterparts. The front is a bit of a hit and miss, with a large grille but short snub nose.

The interior is refined and an optional panoramic retractable sunroof is available. 

The MKZ comes standard with a 237-hp, 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Ford says that the MKZ has a 22/33 mpg city/highway fuel rating. All-wheel drive will be an option.

An optional 300-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 and MKZ hybrid engine will also be available. The current Ford Fusion hybrid gets an estimated 45 mpg, so expect the MKZ hybrid to get similar numbers. 

The Lincoln MKZ will go on sale later. No word yet on pricing. 

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