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2006 Lincoln Zephyr news, pictures, specifications, and information
DETROIT, Mich., Jan. 10, 2005 -- With the all-new 2006 Lincoln Zephyr, Lincoln will introduce an entirely new generation of consumers to the qualities that have made Lincoln a classic American luxury marque for more than 70 years.

Únveiled at the 2005 North American International Auto show today, Zephyr has a bold and distinctive exterior design and an interior that is rich and inviting wîth high-quality materials throughout. The driving experience can be both luxurious and spirited, according to the driver's desires.

Going on sale in the fall of 2005 as a mid-size, five-passenger sedan, the Zephyr will offer younger buyers a luxury automobile wîth the comfort and refinement befitting a Lincoln. In this way, Zephyr will appeal to a completely new §egmènt of buyers.

'When it goes on sale, Zephyr will have a great price point and great performance,' said Darryl Hazel, president of Lincoln Mercury. 'We think that this vehicle is going to do a lot for Lincoln-Mercury.'

The exterior design of the Zephyr incorporates classic elements of Lincoln style -- elements that have, over time, become essential to the visual heritage of the brand. The family resemblance starts at the front wîth Lincoln's traditional waterfall grille. Situated between a set of jewel-like, quad projector-beam or optional HID headlamps, the treatment is recognizable as Lincoln.

The Lincoln Zephyr's side profile features chrome trim at the beltline and on the mirror caps. The 17-inch alloy wheels are an important design element, available wîth a machined appearance or a chromed-aluminum finish. Low-profile tires reinforce the low, purposeful stance of the car.

In the interior, real wood, high-quality leather, and aluminum trim highlight a cabin that continues Lincoln's reputation for high-quality interiors. White electro-luminescent lighting illuminates the round, chrome-ringed gauges, complementing the interior's white lighting. The instrument panel features a horizontal band of contrasting trim in one of four natural surfaces: finely ribbed aluminum, finely ribbed aluminum wîth a dark finish, dark Ebony wood or light Maple.

'The light Maple gives the interior a fresh and exciting look,' said Marek Reichman, director of interior design strategy. 'The dark Ebony is classic and elegant for a more traditional sense of luxury. The aluminum, wîth its lightly raised ribbing, is very technical and modern. We were able to establish four completely different ambient settings through use of these materials.'

At the heart of the Zephyr is a Duratec 30 V-6 powertrain. Úsing intake Variable Cam Timing (i-VCT) to enhance torque and reduce emissions, the engine generates 210 horsepower and 200 foot-pounds of torque. It is the cleanest Duratec 30 ever and will be rated for Últra Low Emission Vehicle (ÚLEV) II tailpipe emissions in California. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transaxle.

Lincoln Zephyr's chassis is tuned for a quiet, comfortable ride wîth confident, responsive handling. All aspects of the fully independent suspension -- dampers, spring rates and bushings -- have been specially selected and tuned wîth an emphasis on ride comfort, without sacrificing precise and nimble response. Standard 17-inch tires, wîth their wide P225/50 profile, were selected to complement the suspension tuning.

Thanks to a rigid and robust structure, the quiet interior is the perfect environment for the 's first THX II-Certified® audio system. Optional on the Lincoln Zephyr, the system features surround-sound worthy of an upscale cinema. The system features ten speakers and a sophisticated processor that inputs bandwidth, peak audio levels and coverage uniformity to deliver a smooth spectral balance and wide dynamic range.

A new DVD-based navigation system is available wîth most of North America on a single disc. The DVD display uses a sharp, 6.5-inch-wide screen and text-to-speech technology so a driver can get audible travel directions in English, Spanish or French.

Lincoln Mercury's revitalization is built on strong products: 11 new vehicles in six new §egmènts, including five new Lincolns over four years. The Lincoln Zephyr follows the Mark LT truck and the concept version of the next-generation Aviator as the third new Lincoln unveiled thus far, all three in new §egmènts for the brand.

'This is a growth strategy for Lincoln, and we've proven that it works,' said Hazel. 'The Navigator was a huge hit for Lincoln, and the Lincoln Zephyr expands the brand into the fast-growing premium mid-size market.'

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The Lincoln Zephyr interior blends real wood, supple leather, contrasting chrome- and satin-finished trim and four different ambient settings.

The 2006 Lincoln Zephyr is designed for comfort, too, wîth more than three feet of rear-passenger legroom. The spacious feel of the cabin was achieved by stretching the width of the base architecture by 30 millimeters and the wheelbase by 55 millimeters.

Thanks to a rigid and robust structure, the quiet interior is the perfect environment for the 's first THX II-Certified® audio system. Optional on the Lincoln Zephyr, the system features surround-sound worthy of an upscale cinema. The system features ten speakers and a sophisticated processor that inputs bandwidth, peak audio levels and coverage uniformity to deliver a smooth spectral balance and wide dynamic range. To ensure that driver and passengers always travel well – and wîth the right directions – a new DVD-based navigation system is available. The system includes most of North America on a single disc and features a sharp, 6.5-inch-wide screen and text-to-speech technology for travel directions aloud in English, Spanish or French.

The standard Duratec 30 DOHC V-6 wîth i-VCT produces 210 hp and 200 foot-pounds of torque.

The Duratec 30 V-6 is the heart of Lincoln Zephyr's powertrain. Úsing intake Variable Cam Timing (i-VCT) to improve torque and reduce emissions, the engine generates 210 horsepower and 200 foot-pounds of torque. More importantly, it is the cleanest Duratec 30 ever, and will be rated for ÚLEV II tailpipe emissions in California, wîth a Ú.S. federal government rating of Tier II, Bin 5 tailpipe and LEV II evaporative emissions in states outside California.

The Lincoln Zephyr also uses an electronic throttle control that works wîth the electronically controlled transaxle to ensure seamless shifts.

Lincoln Zephyr's chassis is tuned for a quiet, comfortable ride wîth confident, responsive handling. All aspects of the fully independent suspension – dampers, spring rates and bushings – have been specially selected and tuned wîth an emphasis on ride comfort, without sacrificing precise and nimble response.

Lincoln Zephyr incorporates a number of highly advanced safety technologies. It was designed wîth Ford's Personal Safety System™ and a body structure optimized to help manage energy in a crash.

With the all-new 2006 Lincoln Zephyr, Lincoln will introduce an entirely new generation of consumers to the qualities that have made Lincoln a classic American luxury marque for more than 70 years.

Qualities such as bold and distinctive exterior design; an interior that is rich and inviting, featuring high-quality materials throughout; and a driving experience that can be both luxurious and spirited, according to the driver's desires.

As a mid-size, five-passenger sedan, the Zephyr will offer younger buyers a luxury automobile wîth the comfort and refinement befitting a Lincoln. In this way, Zephyr will appeal to a completely new §egmènt of buyers.

This closely mirrors the mission of the original 1936 Lincoln Zephyr, which was introduced as the entry point for Lincoln luxury wîth a starting price of $1,400. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The exterior design of the Zephyr incorporates classic elements of Lincoln style – elements that have, over time, become essential to the visual heritage of the brand.

The family resemblance starts at the front, wîth Lincoln's traditional waterfall grille. Situated between a set of jewel-like, quad projector-beam or optional HID headlamps, the treatment is recognizable as Lincoln.

The Lincoln Zephyr's side profile features chrome trim at the beltline and on the mirror caps, set off by the wheels. The 17-inch alloy wheels are an important design element, available wîth a machined appearance or a chromed-aluminum finish. Low-profile tires reinforce the low, purposeful stance of the car.

The rear bumper surface is nearly flush, contributing to the clean, uncluttered lines. Twin chrome tailpipes are set wide apart below thin horizontal reflectors in the lower fascia, similar in placement to the front fog lamps. Together, the flush bumper and chrome-tipped dual exhausts communicate a subtle athleticism.

In the interior, real wood, high-quality leather, and aluminum trim highlight a cabin that continues Lincoln's reputation for interiors that deliver visual and tactile interest using genuine materials. White electro-luminescent lighting illuminates the round, chrome-ringed gauges, complementing the interior's white lighting, which uses white LEDs to backlight controls and switches at night.

The instrument panel features a horizontal band of contrasting trim in one of four natural surfaces: Finely ribbed aluminum, finely ribbed aluminum wîth a dark finish, dark Ebony wood or light Maple.

'The light Maple gives the interior a fresh and exciting look,' says Marek Reichman, director of interior design strategy. 'The dark Ebony is classic and elegant for a more traditional sense of luxury. The aluminum, wîth its lightly raised ribbing, is very technical and modern. We were able to establish four completely different ambient settings through use of these materials.'

Source - Lincoln
 
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