Lincoln Introduces Newly Designed MKZ Sedan

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Lincoln Motor Co. unveiled its newly designed MKZ — with an all-new one-piece signature grille — at the Los Angeles Auto Show Tuesday night, highlighted by available adaptive LED headlamps offering cleaner, clearer lighting for drivers. The luxury vehicle will offer a three-liter V6 engine and adaptive cruise control. The vehicle goes on sale in the summer of 2016.

“Our customers are looking for three attributes in a luxury midsize sedan — technologies that ease their everyday experience, a beautiful design that is crafted with attention to detail, and a vehicle with impressive power that makes it a pleasure to drive,” says Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln.

He adds the MKX will offer new technologies such as an adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, which automatically slows the car and then resumes higher speeds when traffic clears. The system also can bring the car to a complete stop if the driver doesn’t apply the brakes in time.

In addition, the sedan has an auto hold feature that keeps the car at a complete stop without the driver having to press and hold the brake pedal. The car also has an available enhanced park assist technology and pre-collision alert with pedestrian detection.

Galhotra says the MKX’s engine produces 400 horsepower and 400 pounds per feet of torque, with the option for a hybrid alternative two-liter engine, producing nearly 250 horsepower. Drivers can adjust to three drive modes — comfort, normal, and sport.

The vehicle has 19-inch wheels, multi-contour seats, aluminum pedal covers, adaptive LED headlamps, and a fully retractable glass roof.

IN RELATED AUTO NEWS, Chevrolet today announced pricing for the all-new 2016 Cruze, which will start at nearly $17,500. It will go on sale next spring.

The vehicle comes in five models: L manual ($17,500), LS manual ($19,000), LS automatic ($20,000), LT automatic ($22,000), and Premier automatic ($24,000).

The Cruze will offer a 1.4-liter turbo engine generating more than 150 horsepower. Depending on the model, the car offers safety features such as side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, and forward collision alert. 

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