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April 14, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 215

Convertibles are prized by buyers who want a "wind in your hair" experience, but these models come at a price premium and are only available with coupe body styles. For $5,000 or more you can get a convertible, but an option that costs less than half that and is increasingly available on other body styles including sedans and SUVs is the panoramic roof. Beginning with the 2013 MKZ, Lincoln will introduce a panoramic roof that may start a trend in the auto industry, a retractable glass roof that offers the biggest opening of any power roof to date.

Auto Show Debut

The 2013 Lincoln MKZ was introduced this month at the New York International Auto Show. This model is all-new and goes on sale this fall, bringing with it a fresh style including a standard retractable glass roof. Push a button and the 15-square-foot glass roof moves over the sedan's rear window, providing ample exposure to the great outdoors.

Lincoln is pinning its success on these roofs and will likely begin rolling them out across it model line. This is important because Lincoln sales have been in a free fall, and are now just one-third of the totals seen two decades ago. The Ford Motor Company has promised seven new or significantly updated models by 2015 -- the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, a midsize five-passenger sedan -- qualifies as one of those changes.

Concept to Reality

The MKZ's roof is no surprise as a concept MKZ debuted at the Detroit auto show in January. Just three months later the real thing makes it debut with Lincoln making quick work at bringing this model to the market. Production starts this summer with the first deliveries to Lincoln dealers this fall.

What sets the Lincoln roof apart from the rest is that this is no moonroof. Its panoramic presence means that more of the roof is glass, enabling passengers to take in more of the outside without having the outside come in. Panoramic roofs have a way of transforming the cabin too, by bringing in ample natural light. Outside heat is limited, however, as special tinting allows the light in while limiting heat. With an SPF factor of 100, passengers won't fear getting sunburned too.

Durable Roofs

Retractable roofs need to be durable and able to withstand a rollover accident. Lincoln promises both and has extensively tested the MKZ to ensure that there are no leaks, the bane of moonroofs. The one drawback is that these roofs are heavier and can thus affect gas mileage. However, Lincoln is betting that a slight drop off in fuel efficiency won't be a show-stopper for a roof that is not like any other on the market.

Matthew C. Keegan is a freelance automotive writer. Matt is also a contributing writer for Andy's Auto Sport and affiliated websites, an aftermarket supplier of quality auto parts including Pro Comp Lifts and Spec Clutch.

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