We've been showing you spy photos of a prototype 2013 Lincoln MKZ sporting a very large retractable roof for months now, and today, the automaker has pulled back the curtain on this very unique feature.

While giant sunroofs are nothing new, the retractable panoramic roof that will be available for the 2013 Lincoln MKZ covers 15.2 square feet, which Lincoln says makes it one of the largest retractable glass roof panels in a production sedan. We can't think of any larger than that, though manufacturers usually don't supply the square footage of their sunroofs. Bonus points, then, for whoever can name a larger one in the comments.

Lincoln says it takes two motors just ten seconds to either open or close the roof, which rides along parallel rails located on the outer edges of the roof and along each side of the rear window. When fully retracted, Lincoln says the opening is about two-feet deep and two and a half feet wide.

That's all we know until the production 2013 Lincoln MKZ debuts next week at the New York Auto Show, but we're fairly certain this special roof will be optional equipment and likely pricey. We'd also be surprised if the automaker's marketing team didn't give it a more catchy name like "PanoScreen" or "MyLincoln See."

Scroll down to see video of the MKZ's retractable panoramic roof in action.


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      Your Highness
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really hope Lincoln will become a luxury brand that's respectable again. This is fairly innovative for the luxury department. Jeeps have the soft top thing and I think Maybach had that too. But Lincoln's doing a glass roof. Ford's Vista roofs are awesome and the Mustang glass top roof is really neat. This though, is really awesome. I won't be surprised if Infiniti, Acura, and a few other luxury companies start offering something similar.
      Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's not the size of the glass, it's the size of the opening!
      Rafi Reddy
      • 2 Years Ago
      If the interior fit and finish/design is up to my expectations, I am sold, I already like the concept interior and am sure that how its going to be besides a little bit stuff, and i hope they dont share any switch gear with Ford fusion.
      Anthony Vangeli
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wait, that car has door-handles... Slightly more production ready version of the concept then?
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Jimbo
      • 2 Years Ago
      My math may be a little hazy, but isn't a 2 foot by 2.5 foot opening only 5 square feet, not 15.2?
        Nick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jimbo
        It's not 2x2.5 ft haha. That's a ridiculously small opening size. Don't know where you read that, but the opening is around 3.5x4.5 ft.
          Jimbo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick
          Read the article. That's what it says.
      mrbrian2334
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it would have made more sense if it was multiple panels that slid back rather than one big one. Something like 500c (I don't remember if that's a glass or fabric roof). That way more of the roof would be open. Either way I like it and at least it's something that Lincoln's competition isn't doing.
        HollywoodF1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mrbrian2334
        A thick, stacked glass backpack would be ugly. Simplicity in engineering is also a consideration.
        Ramiro Leonardo Pina
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mrbrian2334
        Maybe you are thinking of the Fiat Stilo sunroof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdEe6jvrbqc
      brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love how this post is sponsired by Lexus.
        avanti
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brian
        That's very ironic or just unfortunate. Lexus picks up the tab for Lincoln's promo.
        Autoholics Anonymous
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brian
        Yeah I saw that too. Lexus' advertising money helping to pay to run the Autoblog sight. That's fine by me given the whole irony in it.
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a fancy Fusion. How much to fix when it breaks?
        TrueDat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        hmmm.. not sure what you mean since they only thing they have in common is an engine cradle and floor pan.
        Sheldon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Well seeing as how the Fusion is the most reliable midsize car in America... oh you were just trollin? Ok nm then.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sheldon
          That Guy, _____|____, invisiblog, etc. He only likes Honda products. He is a troll.
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sheldon
          The MKZ has also been the most dependable entry-level premium car for two years in a row as well according to JD Power. Trolls will be trolls though...
      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Agree - what a gimmick. Hope the car is better than this gimmick. Lincoln is a drowning mess.
      Scott Cole
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nothing New...I have a 1935 Voisin Aerodyne with a metal retactable roof on my computer screen, cracks me up when people are saying this is new, when the idea is 77 years old
        The Cory Jihad
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Scott Cole
        Hey...I've got a car with four wheels and an engine. I guess that's been done already too.
        cms
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Scott Cole
        http://www.creativecrash.com/system/photos/000/113/910/113910/big/c25_aerodyne_9.jpg LOL... yeah, really the same thing. :rolleyes Guess what? There are retractable cloth roofs as well. Way to totally miss the point.
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, now THAT'S how you do a sunroof. That is an awesome feature. I am really looking forward to the new MKZ. I thought it was one of the most impressive models I saw at the DC car show.
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