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Driving the 2017 Lincoln MKZ in Downtown Los Angeles

Lincoln MKZ in Downtown Los Angeles

I found myself in the lap of luxury recently as I got a little test drive of the 2017 Lincoln MKZ in downtown Los Angeles, which will be released for sale in the Fall. Looking like a sporty sedan on the outside, the inside is quite elegant, and I could feel what the car makers were trying to accomplish: quiet luxury.

Lincoln MKZ in Downtown Los Angeles

At first I thought it was a silly idea to drive around downtown Los Angeles. After all, how would I get a sense of the ride if I weren’t out on the highway or able to get it up to speed? But I soon realized it was actually a perfect choice: all the construction downtown, and all the bumps and potholes in the road gave me a great sense of how smooth the ride is and truly how quiet the quiet luxury can be. Very smooth and very quiet.

the Metro Expo line train outside the Lincoln MKZ

The view of the Metro Expo line train through the windshield of the Lincoln MKZ. I could see it, but barely hear it.

A lot of thought and energy goes into the design of the Lincoln MKZ, and I was given a sense of that from Solomon Song, Exterior Design Manager for the line. He started with a philosophy, of trying to tell a story with the design, and every element of the car is part of telling that story.

Design Manager Solomon Song with Lincoln MKZ

Exterior Design Manager Solomon Song with Lincoln MKZ

Solomon Song doing a sketch for me of Lincoln MKZ

Solomon Song doing a sketch for me of the Lincoln MKZ.

Lincoln MKZ sketch by Solomon Song

Lincoln MKZ sketch by Solomon Song, created at Broken Spanish restaurant in Los Angeles.

The newly redesigned grille, the shape and coloring of the side mirrors, the way the car “greets” its owner as you walk up to it with the key fob – all of these are part of the interface between you and the car.

new grille on Lincoln MKZ

Details and clean lines along the side of the Lincoln MKZ.

Details and clean lines along the side of the Lincoln MKZ.

Inside, the acoustic material and extra thick glass, along with an active noise cancellation system and 20-speaker audio system, work to maintain the quiet, and the seat is very comfortable. It’s meant to be a relaxing drive. Even in a construction zone.

Sarah Auerswald is the co-Founder of MomsLA.com.

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