After a comprehensive refresh for 2017 that brought in new headlights and grille, totally reshaping the front end, we expect the Lincoln MKZ to be a carryover for 2018.
As a carryover, its appearance inside and out will likely remain the same. Given its recent refresh, which better aligned it with the new Continental and gave it a more luxurious look, this shouldn’t be an issue for the MKZ.
We also expect no changes in its standard features. If this proves true, look for it to continue with standard 18-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, xenon headlights, heated mirrors, LED taillights, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone climate control, leatherette upholstery, heated power seats, an 8-inch touchscreen display, an 11-speaker audio system, and more.
Expect powertrain options to remain the same as well. The base engine will remain a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Those looking for serious power can opt for the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with 350 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Models that combined the 3.0-liter V6 and all-wheel drive will see their output leap to 400 hp. There will also continue to be an available hybrid model that will pair a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor to produce 188 hp.
The current Lincoln MKZ is an IIHS Top Safety Pick, thanks to its “Good” ratings in all five crash tests and “Superior” rating in the front crash prevention test. Keep in mind, though, to get the required automatic emergency braking needed to achieve the “Superior” rating, you’ll have to opt for the midrange Select trim level and the Technology Package, which runs $2,395 in 2017. The MKZ just missed the Top Safety Pick Plus rating due to its “Marginal” rating in the headlight test. With no changes in store, we expect these ratings to remain the same in 2018.