2013 Lincoln MKZ Cues Brand’s Future Design: 2012 Detroit Auto Show

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2013 Lincoln MKZ Cues Brand’s Future Design: 2012 Detroit Auto Show

It seems as if the two domestic luxury brands are engaging in a game of tit for tat. Yesterday, Cadillac revealed its new BMW 3-Series fighter, the ATS. Today, rival Lincoln took the spotlight, taking the wraps of this, the 2013 MKZ Concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

We’ve been hearing for months about Lincoln’s new focus, including the formation of an independent design group, with the task of making the brand’s vehicles look a lot more distinctive. Brand Design Head Max Wolff, calls the MKZ Concept “elegant simplicity,” with the objective  of creating a car that embodies “warmth.”

Features such as a Cognac colored exterior, contrasting Champagne leather interior, accented with “responsibly harvested” Poplar wood are designed to accentuate this feeling of coziness, while the seats themselves feature perforations in the center, in order to give the impression of Champagne bubbles rising from a bottom of a glass.

So perhaps this car, is not only symbolic of a new design direction for Lincoln, but also emphasizing the brand’s new found freedom, via a rolling celebration.

High-tech interior embellishments include the latest version of MyLincoln Touch, accessed by a Thin Film Transistor Screen directly ahead of the driver, as well as a push button gear selection feature, said to become a signature touch of future Lincoln products.

Outwardly the MKZ employs a new take on the Lincoln split grille, that almost harks back to the 1938 Zephyr and more fluid lines that break away from the almost blocky look of the current MKZ sedan. Out back, full width LED taillamps and big bold chrome “Lincoln” lettering, plus exhaust tips integrated with the rear fascia are signature touches.

Yet most impressive, is the panaromic glass roof, a feature we can also expect to see more of on future Lincoln products, according to Wolff. The glass is actually integrated into the car’s structure, made from steel and boron and is designed to provide each occupant with a “personal,” open air experience.

And that basically sums up what Ford is trying to do with Lincoln, turning the marque into a true boutique brand, where the ownership experience is as intimate as the vehicles themselves. Will it work? Time only has that answer, but as other luxury brands, specifically Teutonic ones, seem bent on bigger and better, the strategy might just work.

GALLERY: 2013 Lincoln MKZ Concept

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  • Eric

    Rather than polish the already hideous design philosophy, why not revamp the brand to have good looking cars and not try to be ford’s Cadillac, which they aren’t. I love ford, I have 3 of them myself but why do they continue to make awkward combinations of old and new designs. Like the full width tail lights….really? That is not a cue that should have stayed in the 1995 town car. Cadillac has utilized ways of modernizing their classic design, like the vertical angular tail lights. That’s a old design cue with the perfect amount of modernization. Not a fan of GM at all but Cadillac has the right idea. Lincoln doesn’t.

  • Tony

    I had the 2007 MKZ. Nice car. They made it uglier as time has passed. The new design looks fresher and better than the current model. I switched back to GM and bought a 2011 CTS. Much nicer car. Rides much better and the engine is much quieter. Lincoln is chasing Caddy on design and everything else.

  • Funny

    Not bad, but the front whisker grill is again …..OLD looking.

    The back is fine, side view and inferior ….. But this burgundy ,cognac imagine for the old people is getting tied….chrome wheels are out of style ford….can you guys build a car like a amg,m series ? Or like jag has with the r version …. What is it with this having to be 70 yrs old to buy this brand? At 42…..I’m afraid besides buying a Shelby or mustang, or ford edge sport …..they will see little of my money for a car with these lame week styles and tires.

    Shame they would rather compete with a Lexus Es 350 ….. Than a BMW 550/650.

  • John Racko

    The car is beautiful

  • John Racko

    I would be delighted if I Could Win this 2013 , Brand New Lincoln Automoobile

  • John Racko

    I just Don’ t have any more ideas about the 2013 Lincoln Automobilesl 

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