Lincoln has released a preliminary version of the build-your-own feature on the 2013 MKZ. Those interested in the 2013 Lincoln MKZ can head over to the automaker’s website, where you can build and see preliminary pricing, too.
Lincoln states the configurator is “for survey purposes only,” meaning packages, options, and pricing can change before the 2013 MKZ goes on sale. The site reveals five trim levels, including a range-topping Preferred model with the car’s signature large panoramic glass roof that we first saw at this year’s New York auto show. Just as the outgoing MKZ offered a V-6 and a hybrid model at the same price, the 2013 MKZ with the 240-hp 2.0-liter I-4 EcoBoost engine has the same price range as the 2013 MKZ with the hybrid power train. The third engine choice is a 3.7-liter V-6 (300 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque). The Ecoboost and V-6 can be had with all-wheel drive.
The preliminary price for the loaded Preferred model is $45,125 (including $875 destination) when equipped with the EcoBoost I-4 engine or hybrid powertrain in front-drive configuration. The same trim with the V-6 engine has an estimated price of $48,245 with front-wheel drive and $50,135 with the V-6 and all-wheel drive. At that trim level, you get 19-inch polished alloy wheels with painted pockets, a heated steering wheel, 700-watt and 14-speaker sound system, as well as heated/cooled front power seats and a navigation system. Go for a Preferred model with a single-panel moonroof and the price drops to $43,330 with the two four-cylinder engines.
On the lower range of the scale is the base Premiere model which lists a price of $36,800, again with the four-cylinder EcoBoost or hybrid engine in front-drive form. Standard features in the base model include MyLincoln Touch, leather seats, push-button start, remote start, and Lincoln Drive Control with Active Noise Control. Options include rear inflatable seatbelts ($195), adaptive cruise control, and seats that have 11 adjustable air cushions and can provide a seat back/seat cushion massage plus 6-way lumbar support.
As it stands, Lincoln is clearly keeping in mind the pricing of its prime competition with the 2013 MKZ. The 2013 Lexus ES 350, for example, carries a base price of $36,995 including destination. The Lexus is expected to go on sale next month, while the Lincoln should follow later this year.