April 9, 2004
New York auto show
Lincoln Zephyr concept to see production
New York, New York – The 2006 Lincoln Zephyr concept unveiled at the 2004 New York International Auto Show is a midsize, five-passenger premium sedan that “sends a strong signal for the production version of Lincoln’s next sedan,” according to the company.
Production of the Lincoln Zephyr will begin in 2005 and will go on sale later that year as a 2006 model. It will complement the existing Lincoln lineup and provide a new entry in one of the “sweet spots” of the luxury market – the growing midsize premium segment.
The Lincoln Zephyr features a specially tuned and more powerful version of the Duratec 30 3.0-liter V-6 engine with intake variable cam timing (VCT), mated to a six-speed front-wheel-drive transmission and, following the launch, available all-wheel drive.
This is the first new front-wheel-drive Lincoln since the Continental, which featured front drive from 1988-2002, and is the lightest Lincoln – a key enabler in creating a responsive driving experience.
A production version of the Lincoln Zephyr will be offered for sale in the United States, Canada, Mexico and other markets in late 2005 as a 2006 model. Pricing and final specifications will be announced closer to launch.