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.
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.
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)