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Camouflaged Lincoln test mule spotted ahead of Woodward Dream Cruise

Thu, 09 Aug 2012

The best thing about Detroit—besides our stellar sports teams and sparkling reputation—is that the car industry lives here. In addition to the Detroit Three, nearly every maker has a presence in the Motor City. That means, among other things, test mules.

This camouflaged mule was spotted on the Avenue while a crew was filming for the upcoming Woodward Dream Cruise. We know it's a Lincoln, and we're pretty sure it's an MKZ, which we saw at the New York auto show.

The MKZ is slated for a sticker price of $36,800 including shipping. That includes a turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 240 hp, adjustable suspension and push-button shift for the automatic transmission.

It's anyone's guess why this model is still under wraps. We couldn't get closer after 15 minutes of not-exactly-covert tailing. Maybe it's a 2014 model or maybe it's a different iteration of the 2013. Check out the pics above and below and let us know what you think in the comments.

The production 2013 Lincoln MKZ, for reference.

By Jake Lingeman