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LA LIVE: 2017 Lincoln MKZ

The 2017 MKZ gets a bold new look and an available 400-hp V6.

This is Lincoln's comprehensively updated 2017 MKZ.

The most eye-catching change for the next model year is found up front, where the MKZ ditches Lincoln's ubiquitous waterfall grille and adopts a much bolder look inspired by the Continental concept that was shown earlier this year in New York. Surprisingly, Lincoln hasn't published pictures of the sedan's rear fascia, so what it looks like out back anyone's guess at this point.

Lincoln has upgraded the cabin with a redesigned center stack and a floating center console, and the company promises the 2017 MKZ will be much quieter than its predecessor thanks to an Active Noise Control system. The list of options includes a fully retractable panoramic glass roof, a Revel audio system, adaptive cruise control and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection.

More updates are found under the hood. The MKZ is available with a brand new 3.0-liter GTDI V6 engine that generates a generous 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft. of torque when it's paired with all-wheel drive. Selecting front-wheel drive lowers the six's output to 350 horsepower, though its torque rating remains the same. Interestingly, the V6 was developed exclusively for use in Lincoln-badged models.

MKZs fitted with the 3.0-liter engine are available with a Driver's Package that adds 19-inch alloys, Ebony-painted calipers, aluminum pedal caps and carbon fiber trim on the dashboard. The package also brings a sportier suspension setup and dynamic torque vectoring.

Buyers can also order the sedan with a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain, and entry-level models pack a 2.0-liter GTDI turbo four that sends 245 horsepower to the front wheels. Performance and fuel economy figures aren't available yet.

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ is scheduled to go on sale next summer. Pricing information will be published in the weeks leading up to its on-sale date.

Live photos by Brian Williams.

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