It appears as if we can expect to see the 2013 Lincoln MKZ borrow some from the just-shown 2013 MKS and MKT. Lincoln flashed a quick teaser of an unidentified vehicle's nose at the 2011 LA Auto Show, and it appears to be the face of the new MKZ. The teaser flashed in segments across the backdrop of the Lincoln booth as designer Max Wolff spoke about the 2013 MKS.

If that's what it is, the sedan looks to wear a similar split grille with integrated headlight housings as its larger siblings. Designers have opted to grace the smaller sedan with fewer, horizontally oriented grille slats in place of the vertical pieces of the MKS, and the grille outline itself seems to have more careful detailing, as do the slats themselves, which appear to have varying surface treatments. We've heard a lot of scuttlebutt about the MKZ looking stunning and showing off Lincoln's bold new design direction (as opposed to the light refresh jobs revealed in LA), so perhaps this partial view is a bit misleading.

Wolff said that the company has more design news in store, and that we'll all see the first examples debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in January. You can hit the jump to see the full press presentation for yourself (the teaser comes at about 2:40).



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      CruzControl
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the new front end. Its distinctive and sexy...Ill reserve full judgement until I see the greenhouse. However, this MKZ looks promising.
      Diggz
      • 3 Years Ago
      i think that new grille is handsome.. i cant imagine a lincoln with a whole different new grille.. Max Wolff said that the current lincoln grille wasnt going away, its just gonna be enhanced.. i just cant wait to see the new Lincoln MKZ!!
        Oceanblue78
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Diggz
        I think it looks just fine. BMW still has their grille. Mercedes has evolved but it still looks like a Mercedes. I think Lincolns have always been good looking cars, minus a few mistakes here and there. I remember being in jr high and loving the town car(early 90's). If I had the money and wanted a luxury car, I would probably have a Lincoln.
      Stirling Matheson
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm excited to see what happens with Lincoln, I got to interview Moray Callum for Complex.com a while ago and he seemed very excited about the future of Lincoln. Wouldn't actually spill much but seemed very excited none-the-less.
      carnut0913
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm hoping LA was an April Fools moment and they show a real redesign at Detroit.
      tkosoccer03
      • 3 Years Ago
      the MKZ is all new for 2013, so i'm pretty excited to see it at NAIAS. the spy shots have revealed a much more luxurious profile, and it's certainly more distinguished from the new Fusion. people are very critical of the MKS and MKT refreshed, which is understandable. but it's important to understand these are just bridges to the future. the MKZ is the way forward, as will be the Escape based crossover.
      Dean Hammond
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have high hopes for Lincoln, but I think i'll chime in with a "valid" opinion based on a fuzzy dimmly lit "teaser" photograph of headlights, because its easy to judge a vehicle as a whole with such an accurate reference.....oh wait....
      Autothoughts
      • 3 Years Ago
      To answer the question - yes. They flashed it just as they said the story will continue in Detroit. All of these models are just updates, mid-cycle enhancements to existing platforms. I am looking forward to the replacements of these models for the real Lincoln revival to begin.
      P.Z. Dawkins
      • 3 Years Ago
      Okay, WHY didn't they put horizontal slats on the refreshed MTK and MKS? It looks more professional and less like an aftermarket part / whale baleen.
      Seven Eigh8 Si6
      • 3 Years Ago
      Having a tough time getting through whats going on at Lincoln!
        Mike
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Seven Eigh8 Si6
        What's going on is the MKS's crappy new grill is the reason they hired Max, and his new work is going to be revealed in Detroit. Looks like much more character. There was talk before about lincoln departing from the waterfall grills a while back, and the teaser is confirmation of that. When these came out I knew this couldn't be the direction lincoln is going on cause it's still a waterfall grill. I have a feeling the teased grill style will make its way to the mks & t before production. Ford has a history of revising things last minute.
      hudkina
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seriously Ford? You're dramatic styling change for the brand is to take the horrendously ugly baleen grille and turn the slats on their side? For real? You might as well close shop now and save the billions that you are wasting on this brand if that's your plan.
        PikeAndPine
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hudkina
        this design run is very clean, will appeal to europeans and traditionally volvo drivers, it is contemporary and offers up an alternative to consumers who don't want a 7 series / 5 series / ES / E-Class like everyone else. it has great driving dynamics, and most importantly, you can now easily identify a lincoln from a distance having the 1.) split grill, with a 2.) headlamp unit housed within its silhouette. Being able to easily recognize this brand is very very important going forward and the MKS, MKT, and MKZ will accomplish that. The minor visual treatments on the MKT and MKS are only to reinforce the brands new direction that you will see on the MKZ,.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Thomas
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agreed - Ugliest cars out there. Designs are dated the moment they show them. BUICK is starting to show some promise, these are all misses.
      Dasupersprint
      • 3 Years Ago
      I personally don't know the MK names. For me it's: the Lincoln Fusion, the Lincoln Taurus, the Lincoln Edge, and the Lincoln Flex
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