The MKZ will roll into 2019 mostly unchanged, save for a few new colors, new wheel designs, and some trim-level shuffling. We’ve heard rumors of a concept car to replace Lincoln’s aging sedan, but nothing official has been announced as of yet.
The MKZ Hybrid uses a 2.0-liter iVCT Atkinson-cycle inline-four that delivers 188 system horsepower and 41 mpg combined. Front-wheel drive is the only option for hybrid models. Elsewhere, we’ll see standard 18-inch wheels, soft-touch leather seats, aluminum trim, and Lincoln’s version of the Ford SYNC 3 infotainment system that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Lincoln threw the safety equipment kitchen sink at the MKZ, as a lane-keeping system, adaptive headlamps, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, and blind-spot monitors make their way on board as standard equipment.
Ford has announced plans to halt car production in the coming years to focus on SUVs, crossovers, and trucks, which will impact Lincoln as well. The MKZ is based on Ford’s Fusion sedan – one of the models that will be going away. In the meantime, the MKZ sees stiff competition from the Audi A4 and Acura TLX. We don’t have exact pricing details yet but expect to see the 2020 MKZ Hybrid in late 2019.