Lincoln has announced the 2013 MKZ will be priced from $35,925 when it goes on sale in the United States this fall.

Lincoln has announced the 2013 MKZ will be priced from $35,925 when it goes on sale in the United States this fall.

Costing $175 less than the Lexus ES350, the sedan is critical to reversing Lincoln's decline into irrelevance. Despite the uphill battle, the model is nicely equipped with leather seats, wood trim, a digital instrument cluster and MyLincoln Touch. Options include heated / cooled seats, GPS navigation, a 700 watt audio system and a retractable glass roof that is priced from $2,995.

Under the hood, three different engines are available. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder produces 240 hp (179 kW / 243 PS) and 366 Nm (270 lb-ft) of torque, while the 3.7-liter V6 cranks out 300 hp (224 kW/ 304 PS). There's also a hybrid variant that costs $35,925 and features a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. It has a combined output of 188 hp (140 kW / 191 PS) and 175 Nm (129 lb-ft) of torque.

Front wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is optional on models without the hybrid engine.

Check out the press release for additional information

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