Lincoln MKZ History

Lincoln MKZ History

Lincoln MKZ History


The Lincoln MKZ was first introduced in 2006 under a different model name, but became known as the first of the “MK”-series of Lincoln vehicles in 2007. Since it was assigned its new name, the MKZ has quickly become one of the best-selling cars for Lincoln, reestablishing it as a luxury brand.

Early History

The MKZ is a mid-size entry-level luxury sedan, produced at Ford’s Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, plant starting in 2005. When the sedan was first introduced to the market in 2006 , it was under the name of the Lincoln Zephyr, though this only lasted a year before it became the MKZ we know and love.

Recent History

Under the Zephyr name, the MKZ was offered in a single trim level and powertrain option. Now, with a completely redesigned exterior, the second generation MKZ offers two trim levels and is also available with three different powertrain options, including a hybrid that is considered one of the top in its class.

Lincoln MKZ Fun Facts

  • Originally named the Lincoln Zephyr
  • The MKZ Hybrid was the first hybrid to be priced the same as its traditionally powered counterpart
  • Has been Lincoln’s best-selling vehicle since 2008
  • Release of the second-generation MKZ was pushed back from November 2012 to January 2013so Ford Motor Company could make sure there were no quality issues
  • Was completely redesigned in 2013, which was debuted at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)

2014 Lincoln MKZ Overview
2013 Lincoln MKZ Overview