Lincoln Declares MKZ Retirement for This Year

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In an announcement showcasing Lincoln’s collaboration with Rivian, the luxury division of Ford Motor Company has officially confirmed the cessation of MKZ production by the Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico later this year. Autoblog was informed by Lincoln that assembly operations will conclude in mid-2020 with no 2021 sedan model.

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Speculations surrounding the imminent end of MKZ have circulated for several years. Initial reports hinted that the 2019 model year would be its final one, and at that time, the manufacturer was contemplating a potential successor. Later indications suggested that a new rear-wheel-drive sedan might be in the works, possibly reviving the Zephyr designation.

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The announcement by Lincoln regarding the Rivian partnership hinted that the retirement of MKZ would enable the Hermosillo Assembly Plant to “prepare for production of new Ford vehicles.” While no specifics about the forthcoming products were provided by the company, given the manufacturer’s direction, it wouldn’t be surprising if these upcoming models are crossover vehicles.

With the discontinuation of MKZ, the Continental stands as the solitary traditional car in Lincoln’s lineup. Nevertheless, it could potentially be the ultimate sedan for the brand. Ford Motor Company’s recent accord with the United Auto Workers stipulates the continued production of the vehicle at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant “through its product lifecycle.” The document doesn’t hint at a successor, and there is a lack of concrete rumors regarding one being developed.

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