2013 Lincoln MKZ reveals its retractable glass roof [Video]
Lincoln has released a video showing the new glass roof just before it’s officially revealed at the New York Auto Show that starts next week. The prototype has been seen with this very large retractable roof for quite some time now, and the automaker has now given us a look at this unique feature.
Even though glass panels aren’t all that new, and many cars today sport them, the retractable roof on the 2013 Lincoln MKZ moves the 15.2 square feet glass panel with grace. Lincoln says the expanse of glass that covers the roof is one of the largest retractable glass roof panels in a production sedan.
The video, released by Lincoln, shows the retractable glass roof in action, easily gliding open and closed. The roof rides along two parallel rails and Lincoln says it takes two motors to open or close the roof. The whole opperation takes just ten seconds. The roof even moves on its own, sliding forward eight inches at speeds over 40 mph to minimize wind noise and turbulence in the cabin.
Ford made an announcement on Friday in Mexico that it will invest $1.3 billion and hire 1,000 more workers at its Hermosillo, Mexico, plant as it launches the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ. The 2013 MKZ is touted as the first of a new generation of Lincoln’s, designed under the guidance of Australian designer Max Wolff. The all-new MKZ is the first completely new vehicle in Lincoln's strategy as the company tries to compete in the highly competitive luxury car market.