An updated 2017 Lincoln MKZ has been spotted testing with camouflage covering sections of its front and rear ends in Michigan. The model is expected to adopt design cues which will bring it more in line with the styling of the Continental concept shown at the New York Auto show in early April.
From the photos we can deduct the new MKZ will rid itself of the split design grille and opt for a more open-mouthed one similar to that seen on the Continental. Newer, less swept back headlights may also be in store, along with different exhaust tips, new wheel designs and potentially a new hood.
The 2017 MKZ is only a refresh, so it will hold on to its CD4 underpinnings until the next-generation model arrives. As far as engine options go, the model could see the addition of Ford’s 285 horsepower 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine used in the Lincoln MKC crossover. Ford’s new nine- and ten-speed transmissions for front-wheel drive applications will also likely be used in the MKZ.
The 2017 MKZ is likely scheduled for a January debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. In the meantime, you can check out the spy shots of the updated model over on Car & Driver.