In recent years Ford has invested heavily in the Lincoln brand in China. This investment is starting to include models tailored to the Chinese market, a market where sedans are still popular. Lincoln took to Auto Shanghai this week to preview its upcoming replacement for the MKZ midsize sedan.
Known as the Lincoln Zephyr Reflection, this concept car shows off Lincoln’s “Quiet Flight” philosophy in sedan form. The car is clearly a spiritual successor to the MKZ, but there are some more dramatic design elements here. For example, the front grille is larger than just about any other Lincoln product to date. The headlights are also more angular and slimmer than what we’re used to seeing on Lincoln SUV’s. Meanwhile, the body lines echo those found on the Aviator and Navigator.
The interior of this concept is also a departure from other Lincoln interiors. Lincoln designers have simplified the interior design and slotted in a mega display as the centerpiece. It’s a similar approach to that of the Ford Evos, that was also revealed at Auto Shanghai. Given the two share architectures, some similarities are not surprising.
Lincoln isn’t saying what is powering the Zephyr Reflection concept. The production car is expected to debut later this year and will likely offer some form of a hybrid powertrain. At this time Lincoln has no plans to bring this new midsize sedan to the North American market, where SUVs reign supreme.