Viknesh Vijayenthiran The last we heard, Lincoln was delaying the introduction of its redesigned MKZ sedan from an original launch in early 2012 to sometime closer to the end of that same year. The main reason was due to a final design not being locked in. Ford is desperate to transform Lincoln into the great American luxury brand it once was, going so far to establish a crack team to focus specifically on turning around Lincoln’s woes, as well as spending $1 billion on the development of up to seven new or refreshed models to be launched between now and 2014, so getting the new styling of its cars right is crucial. The good news is that we won’t have to wait until the end of next year to see what Lincoln has planned. Car and Driver is reporting that a concept version of the new MKZ, the first of Lincoln’s revamped lineup, will be unveiled as early as the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in January. The concept will preview the new 2013 Lincoln MKZ, which will share a platform with the next-generation Ford Fusion and the European Ford Mondeo, though will be significantly differentiated for a premium look and feel. A front-wheel drive layout will remain, as will the choice of a V-6 engine or hybrid option combining a four-cylinder engine with an electric motor.
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