Lincoln’s North American lineup is now car-free with the recent elimination of the Continental and MKZ. In China, however, sedans are still very popular and we saw a prime example at Auto Shanghai 2021 this week.
Remember the Lincoln Zephyr? It’s an important nameplate in the brand’s long and rich history, one that was brought back for a single model year (2006) before the MKZ took over.
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Styling was pretty dull to say the least, but you definitely can’t say that about the new Lincoln Zephyr Reflection concept introduced in Shanghai, which will turn into a production model later in 2021.
Designed exclusively for China, this new sedan embodies American luxury with a fantastic take on Lincoln’s modern design aesthetics. The brilliantly sculpted hood and body sides, super-stylish alloy wheels and ultra-thin LED headlights connected by a light strip combine with an athletic profile to create a sleek yet racy family car that will appeal to younger drivers.
The interior is equally impressive. The two-tone layout is extremely clean and fancy at the same time, with minimalist controls capped by a full-width digital interface, the latter comprised of three massive displays. There are three themes to choose from: Normal, Sport and Zen.
As for power, while the partially closed grille hints at an electric car, Lincoln confirmed that the Zephyr Reflection concept uses a gas engine, though it didn’t provide any specifications.