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2019 Lincoln MKZ: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

  July 26, 2018
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Model Preview

The Lincoln MKZ will see small changes for the 2019 model year. The most noteworthy updates include the addition of standard auto emergency braking (AEB), revised trim choices and a change in the availability of the car's twin-turbo V6 engine.

No major updates are coming in terms of overall appearance. The MKZ was last updated for 2017 to feature the same type of grille that adorns the brand's flagship Continental. The car's fate beyond 2019 remains uncertain given Ford plan to discontinue most cars by 2020.

Trim choices are being revamped. Previously, buyers had to choose between the Premier, Select, Reserve and Black Label. For 2019, this has been slimmed down to just include Base, Reserve I and Reserve II. As before, all-wheel drive is available on every trim.

It's worth noting that Lincoln will no longer offer a Black Label version of the MKZ or MKZ Hybrid. Previously, the trim offered standard features like Venetian leather seats, a 20-speaker audio system, and ownership perks like access to a concierge and a maintenance plan that included free car washes.

Under the hood, the base engine will continue to be a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. However, a twin-turbocharged V6 delivering up to 400 hp will now only be available in the range-topping Reserve II trim as a $3,750 option.

In terms of safety, all versions of the MKZ will come standard with Lincoln Co-Pilot360, a suite of features that includes auto emergency braking, lane departure warning with lane keeping assist, a blind spot monitor, a rear camera and auto high beams. Choosing the MKZ Reserve I or MKZ Hybrid adds adaptive cruise control with stop & go capability. Lincoln has also decided to make rain-sensing wipers standard across the range.

Expect a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2019 Lincoln MKZ is expected to go on sale this fall.

Official pricing will start at $36,990 including destination, which equates to an increase of $460 when compared to the previous year's base MSRP of $36,530.

At the other end of the spectrum, the MKZ Reserve II will start at $45,990 for the front-wheel drive model and $47,990 when choosing all-wheel drive.

Previously, the Black Label variants ranged from $48,915 to $50,805 depending on drive type.

Key competitors include the Acura TLX, INFINITI Q50 and Buick Regal.

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Pictured: 2017 MKZ

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