The buzz around the 2013 Lincoln MKZ has centered around two questions: what will it look like and what will its retractable roof look like. Even though its expected unveiling at the New York Auto Show is a few weeks away, we still have little info on its looks, although the Detroit concept clearly telegraphed what we should expect. We have got our first impression of how the sliding roof looks in action, though.

It's been compared to the sliding roof on the Porsche 911 Targa (and we hear that Lincoln is using the same supplier, Webasto), but whereas the Porsche's roof panel slides underneath the rear glass, the MKZ has external tracks along the roofline that enable its glass toupee to rise and slide aft.

Our spy photogs say that although this roof is only retracted to a halfway position (probably due to the opaque camo that would eliminate all rear vision on the prototype), the real deal will slide all the way back.

Another rumor suggests there may be a system to create engine sounds through the car's speakers for a livelier cabin atmosphere.


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      mjzalucki
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about this for a naming system. New MKZ becomes Mk3 (Mark 3), MKS becomes Mk5, flagship range topper sedan would be Mk7. Focus based sedan would be Mk1. CUV/SUV's would be Mk4 (MKX), Mk6 (MKT), Mk8 (Navigator) and Mk2 for Escape based CUV. All wheel drive models would denoted with an "x", i.e. Mk3x.
        tkosoccer03
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mjzalucki
        i see what you're saying.. but then again, Lincoln's nomenclature is no different than acura, cadillac, or lexus... personally, Lexus has the absolute worst nomenclature out there, yet people like you want to pick on lincoln? it's like you have nothing else to criticize them for, this is the best you can do... it's kinda pathetic. the nomenclature is fine.. 90% of people don't shop for cars by name. they shop for cars by what they see. most people can't even tell the difference between a ford and a chevy driving down the road. so saying they need to change their nomenclature is a moot point and a pointless investment.
          Muttons
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tkosoccer03
          I disagree that it's no different. In almost all other brand's alpha-numeric naming strategies, the first part of the name is a letter or number that changes as the car model and size class does, thereby allowing your brain to create different categories that the cars fit in so that you can tell them apart. Then there is sometimes a secondary number or letter used to further delineate vehicles within that model range. With BMW and Mercedes the secondary numbers indicate engine type in most cases (i.e. 328i, 330i, 528i, 540i or C340, E550). Yes Acura's is not very intuitive (TL, RL, etc) but at least they attempt to use different letters to differentiate between size classes. It still sucks but it isn't as bad as Lincoln. The problem with Lincoln is that each vehicle model starts with the same two letters. MK. Then they add another letter (not number) that has no logical connection to size or vehicle type just to further confuse the customer. This creates names that sound almost exactly the same when saying them and which give no indication of what size or type the individual models are. The OP's comment would fix the problem to an extent, allowing the increasing numbers to indicate increasing vehicle size, but the convention of 3,5, and 7 is too much like those already done. Why not, I DON'T KNOW, actually CREATE vehicle names that are iconic and memorable that are actual words. Bentley and Rolls Royce do it. In the case of Lincoln, they use
          banstaman
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tkosoccer03
          Really? It is easy to see that Lexus' naming nomenclature is the easiest, being that the characters identify the vehicle. L= Flagship [LS, LX, LF-A] X= SUV/ with the "X" meaning cross terrain [RX, GX, LX] S= Sedan [ES, GS, LS, IS, HS] C= Coupe/Convertible H/h= Hybrid and the following three digit number indicates the engine size, or engine-size-power output equivalent in the case of their hybrids. Lexus has just about the easiest to index. The problem is that for Lincoln, the MK would be fine if the third letter had any correlation whatsoever. I know the MKT is supposed to have the "T" stand for touring, what what about the others?
      Gilly
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let's go Lincoln, Please make this a good looking car...I really want to like it...
        ammca66564
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gilly
        You saw the show car. It's a great looking concept, that oughta tone down to production quite nicely.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      While I think the idea of a retractable glass roof is cool and all, that ONE feature isn't going to sell a car if the rest of it isn't totally kick ass. Lincoln needs to follow Cadillac - they need to completely break from their past and release a new design language that doesn't look like anything else out there and in fact might even turn some folks off. A design that appeals to everyone is a design that is too bland to really get attention - in the luxury car game, attention is key. Lincoln needs something very different and innovative gadgets like a sliding roof is one thing, but its gotta be backed up with bold styling too.
        Seven Eigh8 Si6
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        I was thinking the same thing, why do they need to use the split grille design, they need get rid of it.
        tkosoccer03
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        " they need to completely break from their past and release a new design language that doesn't look like anything else out there and in fact might even turn some folks off." isn't that what they did with the 09 MKS???
          Hazdaz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tkosoccer03
          The '09 was quite the cobbled-together design. Way too constrained by the Fusion that its based on to be an innovative design. It's quite bland. Lincoln needs big and bold. It needs its own RWD platform, but I know that FoMoCo isn't going to give them that any time soon.
      artso06
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lots of people judging before even really seeing. Retractable glass roof is a great idea marketed to the right customer. I think the only thing that slightly worries me about Lincoln tho is there visual mass. All their cars seem to have visually to much bulk. Whether in concept form or real world.
        Autoblogist
        • 3 Years Ago
        @artso06
        Granted cars are more appealing to people when they have sunroofs, but I've never heard of a person making that their main reason for a vehicle purchase. People are judging it as gimmicky because it seems that way in loo of what this car really needs to compete.
          Seven Eigh8 Si6
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Autoblogist
          I am sure it is just an option, it is really stupid that people are thinking that Lincoln is basing this product solely on the sliding roof option, looks like everyone who is criticizing Lincoln is a better businessman than the people at Lincoln, I did like the concept MK Z, though I did not like the rear end that much, but however I did like the interior a lot and I hope they leave it as it was, and I hope there is no switch gear from Ford products and hope to see solid powertrain options and standard AWD on this car. Good luck Lincoln, waiting to see good products from you.
      Mike J
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dont have a problem with the roof so far. However, the current MKZ has a rear 3/4 blind spot you can hide a semi truck in. So how bad will this be with roof rails?
      john m
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the retractable roof will be a nice feature. I'm just wondering how someone will be able to see through 3 panes of tinted safety glass through the rear window when the roof is opened. I for one am looking forward to seeing the finished product of this car. I'm not crazy about the grill either but I think I'm going to like the car a lot in general when it's revealed.
        AM2
        • 3 Years Ago
        @john m
        Isn't it 2 panes of glass? Rear window + 1 piece glass roof panel?
      That Guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Further proof of Lincoln's welcome, upcoming demise. It's just too painful to watch Ford ruin a once prestegious and legit luxury brand. Ford really has no clue as to what they are doing. They need to stick to what they do best...trucks and cars for rental lots. It's really not surprizing though. Ford only comitted $1 billion to seven Lincoln rebadges. Seeing as how Lincoln has a very hard time competing with BUICK as it is right now, $1 billion may be enough to take one Lincoln rebadge (MKTaurus/MKFusion/MKEdge) and make it into something that people are willing to pay money for. But as it stands, Lincoln doesn't have a change. YOu cannout throw a bunch of senseless electronic gimmicks into a Ford Fusion, change the sticker on the front, and charge $10k-$20K more for it. The last paragraph says all we need to know about Lincoln's future. Go towards the light Lincoln......and end your destructive life under a completely incompetant company that has no business attempting to resurrect a luxury brand.
        billfrombuckhead
        • 3 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        "That Guy" hits the nail on the head. Ford has proved they have no business building luxury cars. Ford has failed with Aston Martin, Jaguar. Land Rover, Volvo, Merkur, Ghia while Lincoln-Mercury has been starved for decades.
          tkosoccer03
          • 3 Years Ago
          @billfrombuckhead
          lol, they failed with aston martin? for real? to my recollection, they revitalized AM into a brand that was relevant.. starting in 1998 with the DB7 and in 2001 with the Vanquish, ford gave AM a new identity, which still remains today.
        AM2
        • 3 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        You do know that the new MKZ will only share the basic platform of the 2013 Fusion/Mondeo right? ...and that it will have its own body and engine options.
      mikelee
      • 3 Years Ago
      This'll be an absolute joke(!)....a retractible pano-roof on a four-door sedan? Ford or more specifically - and ESPECIALLY - the Lincoln division is really hurting if all they can come up with to compete against Lexus, Infinity, and Cadillac is a slightly altered Focus with a gimicky roof(!).
        Mike Laney
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikelee
        Fusion, not Focus.
          AcidTonic
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike Laney
          They will put the same 365hp Ecoboost 3.5 V6 in there and run 2psi more boost and suddenly Lincoln has an *exclusive* 400hp twin turbo "Intech" V6. Just like Lincoln had the *exclusive* "Intech 4.6l v8". Exclusive of course meaning it's found in the Mustang Cobra and not only that, but making more horsepower from a better intake and higher duration cams. We've seen what Ford's idea of exclusive is..... rebranding their top dog Mustang V8, slapping the "Intech" name on it and selling it with reduced power compared to the Mustang Version.
          merlot066
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike Laney
          Lincoln said they will be getting Lincoln-exclusive powertrains, I wouldn't be surprised if this was the first car to get a new drivetrain. Then the only thing that would be the same between the Fusion and the MKZ would be... oh yeah the platform underneath which makes up about 5% of the total car.
          tkosoccer03
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike Laney
          and heavily altered.. these two will share fewer parts than camry/es or any other platform share out there. gets a completely unique exterior, not sharing a single panel, same story on the interior. the only thing these two cars will share (and it's only a maybe) is a motor. and that's the direction lincoln is taking which is why ford is dumping so much money into the brand.. to do what cadillac has done, and it begins with the MKZ just like the CTS. 10 years ago, nobody would be calling this a rebadged ford. i find it hysterical that people are saying that now... it's like people have nothing else bad to say about lincoln other than the fact they don't like the grille and "just rebadged fords."
          tkosoccer03
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike Laney
          and that was when? 10 years ago? under different leadership, right? just checking...
          merlot066
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike Laney
          Acid, you've reached a new level of stupid. Ford sharing an engine between Lincoln and one low-volume special edition Mustang doesn't mean they don't know what "exclusive" means. Also, that 4.6L InTech V8 was EXCLUSIVE to the Mark VIII and Continental in the 90s, the Mustang Mach 1 didn't come out until 2002, so STFU.
      Jesus!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow I cannot believe the amount if ignorance on this site. 1. You cannot judge if you will like a vehicle or not with 300 pounds of camo on it. 2. Someone mentioned about the grill being split...ok, BMW does it, so whats wrong with a split grill? 3. Again on the grill, someone mentioned about it being horizontal. If you pay attention, they captured two cars, as there are pictures with both a horizontal and vertical grill. 4. This is based on the Fusion, not a Focus, not a Taurus, Fusion. 5. This car will hardly share a thing with the Fusion, which is great interiorwise as the Fusion interior is blandsville. 6. Why can't Ford save Lincoln? They saved Ford, so I am sure they are pretty capable. 7. Lincoln was close in numbers last month to a lot of other luxury automakers, so I do not see why some people think they are a dying brand. 8. A turnaround will not happen overnight. Ford is the core business, it had to be fixed first, and that process is still going. Without Ford, there would be no money for Lincoln. Now, that should pretty much cover it, so I expect no unfactual comments from this point forward. =)
      wallace
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not a fan of the new Lincoln look myself, but what kind of comment is "if all they can come up with to compete... is...a gimicky roof(!)" good for? I'm sure Lincoln took 300 engineers off of what they were doing to form a "retractable roof" team. It's one option for crying out loud!! And is it really developed from a Focus? Hmm...I'll let the product speak for itself, as it is being developed by the only major American auto company smart enough to avoid being bailed out by my taxes.
      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring back the Zephyr name.
      Brian E Parker
      • 3 Years Ago
      So either you'll have a giant roof mounted spoiler that will cause the car to lift, or a giant glass sail that will lift off the car while you're cruising down the freeway...? Meanwhile - it appears Lincoln has yet to decide between Vertical Whale Baleen or Horizontal Walrus Whiskers for the MK since I see both orientations beneath the camo.
        Serge
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Brian E Parker
        Oh, you can tell all that just by looking at crappy spy shots of a pre-production mule? You must work for the Ferrari F1 aerodynamics engineering team... however, I doubt one would troll Autoblog from his mom's basement. Besides, the wind deflector in the front will prevent it from being a sail and another one would prevent it from being a lift generating spoiler when it moves all the way to its open position. Your knowledge of auto aerodynamics are astounding sir!
          brian
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Serge
          It's kinda basic - The Porsche Targa uses a much larger roof spoiler for a panel that slides beneath the rear glass... ...this is a relatively small spoiler for a larger panel that slides over the roof and rear glass. Incidentally, air doesn't always flow straight on - sometimes it comes from the side, such as when crossing a bridge in gusty weather - so that big glass panel out there may not help or hurt stability - but it will definitely cause much buffetting and booming within the cabin. As far as your personal attacks - They're far too hackneyed and juvenile to be worth commenting on.
        AM2
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Brian E Parker
        I'm guessing that's what the wind deflector at the front of the sunroof is for.
        Chris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Brian E Parker
        Yeah I noticed that too. . Thats bigger news to me than the roof lol . .
        Wills
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Brian E Parker
        Yet to decide? or yet to disclose ;) I think the ladder.
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