The Lincoln Zephyr Reflection is a Chinese-only car with plenty of panache
Another piece of forbidden fruit from a brand that used to exclusively build sedans for the US.
Every now and then, there is a release that gets me particularly annoyed about the timeline that we currently reside in. A timeline where the US market, and most of the planet for that matter, has become infatuated with the unnecessary excessiveness of crossovers and SUVs. This is Lincoln Zephyr Reflection, a concept car that will likely drop the "Reflection" part of its name when it inevitably goes on sale in China where it will go up against some familiar large car competition like the Buick LaCrosse and the Cadillac CT6, which are also being built in China, for China. The production version of the Zephyr will likely be built alongside the Ford Taurus, which is also being built over there.
Enough about my longing for big American sedans, let's reflect on the Zephyr Reflection. The car definitely has some cues from the MKZ, but the whole package looks terrific, especially with the blacked out A-Pillar and the light bar. The door handles are also in a traditional location, unlike the Continental's, but they retract into the body panels like a Tesla, or Range Rover Velar, so that's a nice touch, and it keeps the side profile very tidy.
While Lincoln didn't reveal any powertrain options, or any details at all about the Zephyr Reflection for that matter, it looks like it will ride on Ford's CD4 platform, which currently underpins the Chinese-built Ford Taurus, as well as the American market MKZ/Fusion. That gives us a hint as to what the powertrains could be, which could include the 2.0-liter and 2.7-liter Ecoboost engines. The current Taurus uses an eight-speed automatic, which could also make its way into the production Zephyr.
I wish this thing was coming to the US market, especially considering Lincoln's recent surge in sales and available models. I could imagine the Zephyr doing well against the Lexus ES, Cadillac CT5, and even the Germans in terms of sheer luxury and presence. Alas, those dreams will likely be trounced beneath the plastic-cladded, overly glorified people haulers of modern American families. It's a shame that Zephyr Reflection is not coming here, but hopefully the Chinese market can appreciate this beautiful vehicle better than we ever could.
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