First Lincoln Hybrid Delivers Efficient Luxury

By Ford Social Member

The first and the most: the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid delivers more than a comfortable ride and luxury. This is the first hybrid for the Lincoln brand, and it is now officially the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America with an EPA-certified 41 mpg rating in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway.

Building on Ford Motor Company’s reputation as a world leader in electrified technology, the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid uses the company’s second-generation hybrid technology – the 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle I-4 hybrid engine – named one of Ward’s 2010 “10 Best Engines.” The system combines the best attributes of the gasoline engine and electric battery-driven motors to deliver optimal performance and fuel economy.

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid tops its nearest competitor – the 2010 Lexus HS 250h – by 6 mpg. It also trumps the Lexus HS 250h with room for one more passenger and more standard luxury and segment-exclusive safety features.

Industry-leading fuel economy comes without sacrificing power. The combined gasoline engine and electric motor provide 191 net horsepower. Plus, the pure electric mode on the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid extends to 47 mph – compared with the Lexus HS 250h battery-only mode, which reaches just 25 mph.

The SmartGauge™ with EcoGuide cluster in the instrument planel of the MKZ Hybrid coaches drivers to optimum fuel economy and lower emissions with growing leaves and apple blossoms as rewards for efficient driving. Within one year, efficient drivers are expected to save nearly 200 gallons of gas and reduce their carbon footprint by almost two tons of CO2 .

“The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid provides a real choice in the marketplace for customers looking for a vehicle that not only makes a statement about who they are but also reflects their ideals,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president, Global Product Development. “It offers the best fuel economy in its segment, a host of advanced safety features, and all the amenities and modern design of a true luxury sedan.”

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid comes standard with features and technologies that are either not offered on the Lexus HS 250h or are available only at an extra cost.

This first-ever hybrid for the Lincoln brand goes on sale in the fall of 2010. Click here for more information on the MKZ Hybrid and to watch a video of Gil Portalatin, Hybrid Systems Applications Manager, talk about the system in the car.
Tom A. 10/19/2010
They do have the Escape hybrid, but it seats 5, not 7. It gets 34 city/31 highway.
kim 07/23/2010
I just bought a hybrid Altima - I would have loved to have tested this car when I was shopping. Ford, I am driving a 10-year old minivan as I wait for someone, ANYONE, to produce a hybrid minivan or a roomy 7-seater suv to compete with the Toyota Highlander (and with at least 25 mpg city) . Please - get one to market!
Ford Commercial 06/30/2010
It is said every where by many companies that they will make hybrid cars, but i really knew that ford will definitely make the best hybrid car. Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is the only car i know which gives good comfort, luxury and also it is made of modern technology not only that this car got EPA-certified 41 mpg rating in city driving and 36 mpg rating in highway driving.
Congrats and all the best for future.

Ford Commercial
sandy loesche 06/23/2010
sounds too good to be brue. We've liked the Lincoln since we bought our first one back in the late 80's into the 90's. Then we grew into the SUV's from Ford. This could make us look into going back to the Lincoln again... Sounds good!!!!
Ken 06/17/2010
MKZ Eco Boost! Lincoln needs a car that sheds the "Gray haired" image.
I own a Zephyr that with minor modifications has turned into a car that not only corners well, but
has the power that goes along with the luxury, fun image. People stop and stare all the time.
Eco Boost would not only quiet the Super Cadillac 500 + horse powered ads but give the Lincoln
marketing team a boost in the performance arm. Could you imagine 360+ horses in a 3800 pound car getting 30 mpg?
These cars have so much potential to become the talk of the street, it would be a shame to waste the opportunity to be the leader of the pack. Don't miss it!
First Lincoln Hybrid Delivers Efficient Luxury

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