Ford has revealed pricing for the midsize sedan, with the base FWD model coming in at $34,965 including destination and delivery. Upgrade to the AWD model and you’re looking at a base price of $36,855. For an additional $1,295, you can opt for the Sport Appearance Package, which adds stiffer springs and larger stabilizer bars, 18in ‘Euroflange’ polished wheels, darkened grille and headlamps, and an interior with contrasting piping.
The car is also available with segment-exclusive features, including a blind sport monitoring system and cross traffic reverse sensors. The blind spot system uses two multiple-beam radar modules behind the rear fenders. Indicator lights in the outside rear-view mirror on both sides of the vehicle warn the driver when a vehicle enters the defined blind-spot zone, extending from the side mirror to 10 feet behind the vehicle and 10 feet away from the vehicle.
The cross traffic feature uses the same radar sensors to alert the driver of approaching traffic while in reverse and backing out of a parking spot. The CTA tracks up to 65 feet on either side of the vehicle and warns the driver through both audible and visual alerts. In addition to this, the MKZ picks up Ford’s SYNC interface technology, voice-activated satnav, keyless entry and adaptive HID headlamps.
Styling changes include a new split-wing grille and thinner wraparound head lamps for a wider, sportier look. In the rear, the car features a new decklid with wider LED taillamps accentuating its width.
Inside, the cabin is adorned with genuine aluminum and wood trim (depending on the package), and features an all-new instrument panel, ambient lighting, Bridge of Weir leather.
Power comes from the familiar 3.5L V6 Duratec engine, delivering 263hp and 249lb-ft of torque. The engine uses a compact, lightweight dual-overhead cam valvetrain for peak power and smooth operation at high RPMs. The engine also incorporates intake variable cam timing to optimize valve timing for a smooth idle and a broader torque curve.
The six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, with either FWD or optional AWD, is standard on the new saloon. The end result of the updated powertrain is faster acceleration, with the 0-60mph dash now taking 7.1 seconds, down from 7.7 seconds in the existing model.
Production will take place at Ford’s Hermosillo plant in Mexico, and should be arriving in showrooms within the next couple of months.