2006 Lincoln Zephyr
Lincoln brings back a Classic
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 with the comfort and refinement befitting
a Lincoln. In this way, Zephyr will appeal to a completely new segment
This closely mirrors the mission of the original 1936 Lincoln Zephyr,
which was introduced as the entry point for Lincoln luxury with
a starting price of $1,400. The more things change, the more they
stay the same.
EXTERIOR: Classic, understated elegance
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, with 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 with a machined
aluminum appearance or a chromed-aluminum finish. Low-profile tires
reinforce the low, purposeful stance of the car.
INTERIOR: Unpretentious luxury
In the interior, real wood, high-quality leather, satin nickel
and chrome 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 three natural surfaces: Dark Charcoal with Ebony
wood, Light Stone with Ebony wood or Sand with Figured Maple.
"The Figured 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, with its lightly raised ribbing,
is very technical and modern. We were able to establish three completely
different ambient settings through use of these materials."
The 2006 Lincoln Zephyr is designed for comfort, too, with 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.
The Lincoln Zephyr features a large 15.8-cubic foot trunk (Largest
Trunk in its class) with a flat load floor and a low lift-over height.
The decklid has compact hinge mechanisms that won't impinge on trunk
volume or crush cargo. The rear seats feature class exclusive standard
60/40-split backs that individually fold flat with a convenient
spring assist, giving access to the trunk and affording cavernous
Thanks to a rigid and robust structure, the quiet interior is the
perfect environment for the industry'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
fourteen speakers including 2 sub-woofers with 600 watts of power
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 with 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.
POWERTRAIN: Powerful and green
The Duratec 30 V-6 is the heart of Lincoln Zephyr's powertrain.
Using Intake Variable Cam Timing (I-VCT) to improve torque and reduce
emissions, the engine generates 221 horsepower and 205 foot-pounds
of torque. More importantly, it is the cleanest Duratec 30 ever,
and will be rated for ULEV II tailpipe emissions in California,
with a U.S. federal government rating of Tier II, Bin 5 tailpipe
and LEV II evaporative emissions in states outside California.
The engine is mated to a class exclusive six-speed automatic transaxle
– gradually emerging as the new industry standard for luxury
cars. The innovative, wide-ratio transmission plays a key role in
Lincoln Zephyr's performance and smooth operation. The overall span
of the ratios is approximately 6:1 versus 4.5:1 for a typical five-speed,
which allows this smaller, more fuel-efficient engine to deliver
efficient gas mileage along with a strong performance feel. Another
bonus is that the modern six-speed automatic is lighter than some
competitor's four- and five-speed transaxles, boosting performance
and economy further.
The Lincoln Zephyr also uses an electronic throttle control that
works with the electronically controlled transaxle to ensure seamless
SUSPENSION: Quiet ride, nimble handling
Lincoln Zephyr's chassis is tuned for a quiet, comfortable ride
with confident, responsive handling. All aspects of the fully independent
suspension – dampers, spring rates and bushings – have
been specially selected and tuned with an emphasis on ride comfort,
without sacrificing precise and nimble response.
The standard 17-inch tires, with their wide P225/50 profile, were
selected to complement the suspension tuning, and for their quiet
The rack-and-pinion steering system was tuned to be in harmony
with the suspension and tires. Utilizing the car's stiff structure,
the Lincoln Zephyr mounts the steering gear to the front perimeter
subframe for reduced noise and vibration. Doing so enables the driver
to better experience the car's relationship to the pavement via
the steering wheel – no matter if it's a power-assisted parking
maneuver or a high-speed lane change.
SAFETY: The essential luxury
Lincoln Zephyr incorporates a number of highly advanced safety
technologies. It was designed with Ford's Personal Safety System™
and a body structure optimized to help manage energy in a crash.
Lincoln Zephyr's Personal Safety System includes standard driver
and front passenger air bags, seat-deployed side air bags for thorax
protection, and three-point safety belts at all seating positions,
with front-seat pretensioners and retractors. A full-length safety
curtain provides head-protection coverage over the length of the
window glass area – from A-pillar to C-pillar.
The new air bags can prevent both front and rear occupants from
hitting their heads on the side window or roof pillars in a severe
side collision. In addition, the side-curtain air bag can help block
glass splinters or other objects that could cause injury in a side
Lincoln Zephyr's new two-row air curtains also feature "roll-fold"
technology – exclusive in the mid-size segment. If an occupant
is resting his or her head against a window, the air bag is designed
to slide between the glass and occupant as it fills. Typical side
air curtains unfold like an accordion, using the occupant's head
to keep the bag between the glass and the body. Lincoln's roll-fold
keeps the air curtain against the glass, even when the occupant
is out of position.
Lincoln Zephyr features four-wheel disc brakes with a 4-sensor,
3-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic brake force
distribution (EBD). By measuring brake force and directing braking
to the wheels that have the best grip, EBD helps achieve shorter
stopping distances even before ABS activates. Traction assist is
CLOSING THOUGHTS: Delivering on the
Lincoln Mercury's revitalization is built on strong products: 11
new vehicles, in six new segments, 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 segments for
"This is a growth strategy for Lincoln, and we've proven that
it works," says Hazel. "The Navigator was a huge hit for
Lincoln, and the Lincoln Zephyr expands the brand into the fast-growing
premium mid-size market."
Lincoln Zephyr will be built at Ford Motor Company's Hermosillo
Assembly Plant in Mexico. The all-new sedan goes on sale in the
fall of 2005 in the United States, Canada and Mexico.