Lincoln announced this week that the redesigned 2013 Lincoln MKZ will start at $35,925, not including $875 for delivery charges, when it hits dealerships this fall. This represents a $1,170 increase over the 2012 model. Pricing for upper trims, V6 and all-wheel drive models has yet to be announced.

The 2013 Lincoln MKZ competes with other upscale midsize cars like the 2012 Cadillac CTS, 2012 Acura TL and upcoming redesigned 2013 Lexus ES. Its base price is within a couple hundred dollars of all the aforementioned vehicles. The 2013 MKZ Hybrid will compete with the forthcoming 2013 Lexus ES Hybrid. Lincoln will continue to sell the MKZ Hybrid for the same MSRP as the gas-only version. The ES Hybrid, on the other hand, will cost $2,750 more than its gas-only counterpart.

“For model-year 2013, the MKZ gets a fresh face, more features and new powertrains for the regular and hybrid models,” says Kicking Tires. The base engine is a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. An available 3.7-liter V6 puts out 300 horsepower, and the hybrid variant will have a 188-horsepower four-cylinder gas/electric powertrain.

In a press release, Lincoln says the 2013 MKZ will be available in four trim levels. Standard equipment includes leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, a SYNC with MyLincoln Touch infotainment system to control phones and music players, push-button start, remote start and Lincoln Drive Control, which “orchestrates the performance” of the adjustable suspension, drivetrain, steering and stability control systems. Another new standard feature is push-button shift, which Lincoln says frees up console space by replacing the traditional gear shift mechanism with electronic buttons to select gears.

There are a number of available features on the 2013 MKZ. “Among the MKZ’s features is an all-glass roof that opens automatically and slides over the back window, giving both front and rear passengers a convertible-like ride,” says The Washington Post. The retractable roof is a $2,995 option. Other features available on higher trim levels include blind spot warning, cooled front seats, heated rear seats, navigation with voice control and an upgraded, THX-certified stereo.

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