It looks better than we thought.
Lincoln, once the proud carrier of luxury sedans like the Continental and MKZ, has become an SUV-only brand and relies on big names such as the Lincoln Aviator to keep it relevant in a market flush with excellent options. Betting purely on an all-SUV lineup is risky, and in recent months, Lincoln has seen the error of its ways. The brand is now reviving the famed Zephyr brand and revealed a stunning concept car in April at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show. This concept sedan is now finally becoming a reality after we spotted some leaked photos of the production version earlier this month. Now, even more info has leaked on the internet, and this time we get a sneak peek at the interior of this anticipated machine.
The last time we saw the Zephyr name in action was back in 2006 when it was used on a luxury sedan based on the Ford Fusion. The Zephyr switched its name to MKZ before being discontinued completely, but now the phoenix rises from the ashes of so many dead Lincoln sedans before it. The leaked images of the upcoming Lincoln sedan show off parts of its exterior, but more importantly, give us a glimpse inside the cabin. The fact that the Zephyr pictured features a ton of red interior accents might be a clever mind-game played by Lincoln to stir up emotions of national pride in Chinese customers, or it might be pure coincidence. Either way, we think it looks great with the contrasting black interior.
The car also features the same stretched-out monitor atop the dashboard. This is a handsome setup and looks just as modern as its German counterparts that feature very little in the way of physical buttons. The display is actually broken up into three smaller displays that can be individually configured. What we know so far is that this car will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine producing 235 horsepower. If it becomes a success, it will eventually require electrification to survive, but that doesn't matter to us very much. The car looks great, but don't expect it to make its way to the US any time soon.