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New MKZ spy photos courtesy of Leftlane News!

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It does give the car a more stylish look, but I still hope the next gen car receives an overall exterior design that is more distinct from its Fusion platform mate. If Ford wants Lincoln to be perceived as a true midsize to large premium car specialist, then they will have to do more in the future than slap a Lincolnesque front/rear treatment on a Ford division product. The entire Lincoln product will need its own distinct exterior (and interior) design. I hope the MKS and upcoming MKT signal Ford's intent to do this for Lincoln in the future.

The same thing applies to Mercury's future role of premium small car specialist. A Focus or Fiesta body with a waterfall grille will do nothing to reinforce Mercury's new role in Ford's U.S. brand hierarchy. The cars' entire exterior/interior designs will need to be different and more upscale from their Ford Division platform mates.

I do hope this restyle keeps the MKZ on the lists of near luxury car buyers until the next gen car reaches the market.

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It does give the car a more stylish look, but I still hope the next gen car receives an overall exterior design that is more distinct from its Fusion platform mate. If Ford wants Lincoln to be perceived as a true midsize to large premium car specialist, then they will have to do more in the future than slap a Lincolnesque front/rear treatment on a Ford division product. The entire Lincoln product will need its own distinct exterior (and interior) design. I hope the MKS and upcoming MKT signal Ford's intent to do this for Lincoln in the future.

The same thing applies to Mercury's future role of premium small car specialist. A Focus or Fiesta body with a waterfall grille will do nothing to reinforce Mercury's new role in Ford's U.S. brand hierarchy. The cars' entire exterior/interior designs will need to be different and more upscale from their Ford Division platform mates.

I do hope this restyle keeps the MKZ on the lists of near luxury car buyers until the next gen car reaches the market.

This car is sort of Lincoln's LaCrosse competitor, I suppose. It's too bad Ford couldn't have distinct greenhouses for their midsize sedans...at least GM has unique greenhouses for all of their Epsilons..

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I kind of like the look of the current car, but I like this a lot more. Hopefully they spruce up the interior a bit, this could be a nice car. I wonder if or when it will get ecoboost and or a hybrid version.

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Eewww.

I like the current Zephyr better.

Yes, I know what I called it...

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Eewww.

I like the current Zephyr better.

Yes, I know what I called it...

That is odd that they used the Zephyr name only one year...personally, I'd rather Lincoln (and Cadillac and Pontiac) had stayed with model names rather than alphanumerics.

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Why does the front of the MKZ look like a modern-day retro Cutlass?

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Why does the front of the MKZ look like a modern-day retro Cutlass?

Yes, as does the MKS..supposed to be evocative of the early '40s Continentals. To me, it looks like an updated '70s Cutlass grille treatment.

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The front fascia looks more interesting (I like how the grille's outer trim extends into the headlights) and the taillights look like they have the MKX's LED treatment now, but overall it strikes me as a failed attempt to add flair to the Fusion's bland sheetmetal. Chrome mirrors, stretched-out taillights and a big grille don't hide the fact that this is heavily related to the Fusion. Even the greenhouse is essentially the same.

This is already a tired design. In order to design something provocative (not to mention develop something with the mechanicals to be competitive), Lincoln needs more than Ford's midsize family sedan to work with.

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