Just when we thought we could go another month without another sedan making the ultimate sacrifice for market trends, Lincoln confirmed that the MKZ finished production on July 31. The Lincoln MKZ had a good two-generation run since 2006 and offered a safe choice for those looking to purchase a luxury mid-size passenger car. Although sedans make up a good third of Lincoln’s business, the decision to retire the MKZ was already made in January of this year, so it was something we all expected.
Based on the Ford CD4 platform, the Lincoln MKZ and its platform mate, the Ford Fusion, bid farewell on the same day to the Ford Hermosillo assembly plant. The Ford Authority first announced the disappearance of the MKZ and was confirmed by their sources in Lincoln.
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According to a statement made to them by Lincoln spokesperson Anika Salceda-Wycoco, Lincoln will invest in growth segments with the brand expected to feature a full portfolio of SUVs and electric vehicles. “Lincoln will continue to keep its new SUVs fresh and expand its lineup with the launch of the Corsair Grand Touring later this year. As part of this change, we ended production of the Lincoln MKZ sedan on July 31. “
That leaves Lincoln with just one sedan, the Continental, but even that has been confirmed not to last longer than the end of the year. It is also the fourth time that the Continental nameplate has been removed in Lincoln history. With more space at the Ford Hermosillo assembly plant, the Ford Bronco Sport is set to take over with full-scale production from October 2020. So is this crossover / SUV trend going to be? a long-standing thing now? Or can we expect the sedan to make a comeback?