Lincoln introduced the locally built Zephir on the Chinese market in November 2021, and the Premium brand focused on a fluid design and advanced technologies.
While it was not available to U.S. customers, the Zephir was already a known nameplate on the Chinese market. Its customers appreciated it thanks to the stylish design and the fluid lines that composed it. Even though it was penned in California, the Chinese designers brought some help and inputs.
The car’s longitudinal lines created the image of a longer vehicle, and its overall shape might resemble the European Ford Mondeo. Yet, the front fascia featured a 3D mesh design crossed by a chromed slat that supported the narrow, vertical Lincoln badge. Its profile revealed a three-windows setup, with an additional glass area behind the rear doors, while at the back, the designers placed a wide light strip with the “Lincoln” text embedded that crossed the trunk’s lid. The rear skirt concealed the exhausts.
Inside, Ford placed a 12.3” digital dashboard instrument panel embedded into a 27” (69 cm) wide touchscreen. The carmaker installed the Chinese-only 4 SYNC+ infotainment system, which enabled continuous OTA updates. Another luxurious feel was provided by the 128-color ambient light and specific scents sent inside the cockpit through the air vents.
Like most luxurious cars built especially for the Chinese market, the Zephyr featured an unusually long wheelbase, allowing the rear passengers relaxed legroom.