The Lincoln MKZ doesn't have much longer to live.
After being in production for 13 years, the Lincoln MKZ is approaching the end of the road. It's one of many passenger cars Ford has axed from its North American lineup including the Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, and Ford Taurus, as the Blue Oval automaker shifts its focus to SUVs, crossovers, and electric cars.
Despite its imminent death, Lincoln updated the luxury sedan for the 2020 model year with new exterior colors, revised trim levels, new wheel designs, and a new grille design for some trims, but this wasn't enough to rejuvenate sales. Prepare to say goodbye to the Lincoln MKZ, however, because we now know exactly when Lincoln will pull the plug on the luxury sedan.
According to Ford Authority, the Lincoln MKZ will end production at Ford's Hermosillo plant in Sonora, Mexico, on July 21, 2020. This also happens to be the same date that production of the Ford Fusion, which the Lincoln MKZ is based on, will wrap up at the same plant.
All trims and variants of the MKZ will be discontinued, including the MKZ Hybrid and the Black Label. After production of the Lincoln MKZ ceases, Ford will use the Mexico plant to build the upcoming Ford Bronco Sport, aka the baby Bronco. The rumored Ford Maverick compact pickup will also likely be built at the same plant alongside the Bronco Sport.
With the MKZ axed, the only Lincoln luxury sedan you'll be able to buy will be the Lincoln Continental. But because luxury sedans are an endangered species, the Continental is also living on borrowed time. Lincoln plans to discontinue the Continental after the current generation and isn't planning to replace it. Instead, Lincoln will focus solely on the Corsair, Nautilus, and Aviator crossovers, as well as the Navigator SUV.
Sales of the Lincoln MKZ haven't exactly been encouraging. Lincoln only sold 17,725 units in 2019, so its death doesn't come as a huge surprise. If you've been holding off buying a Lincoln MKZ, you may want to act fast.