First Lincoln Hybrid to be Most Fuel-efficient Luxury Sedan in America

By Ford Social Member

Fuel economy is soon going to be a trait more closely associated with the Lincoln brand in addition to design, technology and comfort. The new 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid will be shown for the first time at the 2010 New York Auto Show, and it is poised to be the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America. The first-ever hybrid for the Lincoln brand is expected to deliver at least 41 miles per gallon in the city.

The new premium midsize sedan hybrid joins Ford Motor Company’s growing lineup of hybrids, including the Ford Fusion Hybrid – 2010 North American Car of the Year and America’s most fuel-efficient sedan – plus the Ford Escape Hybrid and Mercury Milan and Mariner Hybrids.

Watch the video below to learn more about the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid from Gil Portalatin, Hybrid Systems Applications Manager.

Introduction of the new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid also complements Ford’s aggressive global electrification plan. Ford is introducing five new electrified vehicles by 2013. They include the Transit Connect Electric in late 2010, the Focus Electric in 2011, a next-generation hybrid electric vehicle and a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in 2012, followed by another next-generation hybrid electric vehicle in 2013.

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

“Today’s luxury customers do not want to make sacrifices. Lincoln has found a way to deliver a luxury sedan with the comforts they expect, the technology they want and the environmental responsibility society demands,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford Group Vice President, Global Product Development.

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid uses Ford’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.

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 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.
avcinci 06/13/2012
In March of 2011, I purchased a Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, and I must say, it's the best car I have ever driven, bar none! I've driven Japanese cars almost all my life. The MKZ Hybrid has them all beat. Believe it or not, I'm getting about 42 mpg, which, to me, is one of my top priorities in any car (gas savings). It is impressive that a luxury car such as the MKZ Hybrid can get such mileage efficiency. And, so far, after 15 months of ownership, it has cost me NOTHING to run other than gas (I got a 4-year free maintenance agreement package with the purchase). Here is my concern: why doesn't Ford advertise the MKZ more on national television? The only time I ever see an ad for it is either on Delta Airlines or on CNBC. Your director of marketing should be aggressively marketing this car to the American public often. Besides all that, it's beautiful! I'm merely expressing my appreciation offering you my kudos for producing such a fine American luxury vehicle and wish your director of marketing would more aggressively market it more to better compete with the likes of Lexus ES350 and other such vehicles. I don't want to see the MKZ Hybrid eliminated from manufacture (I've heard rumors to that effect) because Ford dropped the marketing ball. By the way, my car's gas mileage doesn't always get 42 mpg; it declines about 15% in winter. Thanks.

wayne 04/17/2010
Ford please consider placing a small diesel engine with your hybrid system andthem you would spank every other car company in the race for the best fuel economy.
dave barlow 04/16/2010
man lincolns have always been my favorite cars....but a hybrid how cool...
derick 04/15/2010
since mercury sales have increased have ford ever considered bringing back the marauder in the body style similar to the taurus and lincoln mks since the sable been dropped, it will be a nice competitor to buicks lacross and the lexus
Franklin 04/13/2010
I'm having some issues understanding what, if anything, is significantly different from the Fusion/Milan. The three layer stratification of cloned cars didn't work for Chrysler, and is being dismantled at GM. I thought Ford was on the verge of providing either a better differentiation between the Mercury and Lincoln brands or a phasing our of the Mercury brand altogether. The latter does not appear to be happening, so I need to see more of the former. Also, is there a reason why there are no Ford hybrids in the 6+ seater segment? The Escape is fine, but when you're of a family size necessitating an Flex or Expedition, it would appear to me that a hybrid offering would go a long way towards sealing the deal for buyers like me. GM's Tahoe/Yukon hybrid just isn't an option, primarily because someone thought it would be a good idea to slap "Hybrid" badges, decals, and stencilling all over the vehicle. Yuck.
Steve Winoker 04/12/2010
Being a former Ford employee, my hat goes off to the engineers for great work on the Lincoln Hybrid. When I was looking at the 2010 Fusion hybrid, I was disappointed in the placement of the battery pack on the back of the rear seat. This led me to buying the manual 6 speed Fusion SE instead because of the utilitarian feature of having the 60/40 split folding seats. I wish Ford would realize that all hybrids should come standard with the Run Flat tires so that the battery pack could be located where the spare tire would normally go then you could have folding rear seats making this one hell of useful car both for the environment, fuel-economy and being able to throw a portable digital piano in the back. Any comments at Ford?
Alan Jentz 04/08/2010
I would love to see the eco-boost flex fuel hybrid. I'm a buyer of that!
Harland Robinson 04/08/2010
How come FORD wont build a hybrid car with a Flex fuel engine?
Cesar Marquez 04/07/2010
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Matt Warmuth 04/07/2010
Actually, it's not 47 MPG, it's 41 MPG, and up to 47 MPH with electric alone. The comment about 'unless the plug in is free' doesn't apply here since this isn't a plug in. Finally, I'm not sure if you realize just how large a solar panel array would be to generate the amount of power needed by a vehicle for a 20 mile daily commute, even in a sunny state. Gas has 32 MJ/l, so assuming same efficiency, that means 2 x 20 miles (round trip) / 41 MPG = 1 gal gas = 32 megajoules. Solar power is ~1.4 kW/sq. m and 20% solar efficiency (a stretch), so assuming 8 hours of full sunlight all the time (another stretch), that means the panels would have to be 32 MW-s/l * 4 l/gal / [ 1400 * 0.2 * 8 hr * 60 min/hr. * 60/hr ] = 128 MW-s/gal / 8 MW/sq. m = 16 sq. m. a 4 m x 4m path. That's a pretty big solar cell, and the solar illumination conditions/efficiencies are very optimistic.
richard c nicoli 04/04/2010
we purchased a lincoln mkx from johnson ford in pittsfield,ma we live 25 miles from them.
it is our first ford co. car we love it buying from this dealer is truley a no hassel buying experience. love the car......rcnicoli
Jason James Roncallo 04/04/2010
47 mpg is impressive but I know and you know that's not true unless the plug in is free.and right now I pay for my power from LIPA .I would love tell you how much they s#%k but that's a hole other can of worms .Ford have you ever considered afordable solar systems for home? your solution is no solution . I thought you droped that ten to twelve years ago come on guys your killing he you why I'm a stock holder! and again I have ideas for your cars and trucks that could save lives I and yet you would think I might get a call from your R&D department Jason James
Carl W 04/04/2010
Not to rain on Lincolns first hybrid offering but something feels missing and I have come to the conclusion that it is the appearance. And after viewing the video and listening to Gil Portalatin overview this issue stood out even moreso. Gil seemed to be having a difficult time finding anything unique to point out about the MKZ Hybrid as all points can only be referenced to the already established Fusion/Milan Hybrids. Also with nothing being done cosmetically to the MKZ the addition of the hybrid powertrain and apple blossoms is very underwhelming.
My feeling probably does not effect consumers already driving a Lincoln vehicle or Fusion/Milan Hybrid, but I cannot help thinking that this MKZ Hybrid announcement will have much effect in general. At least not until the next gen MKZ is launched and hopefully by then the MKZ can distance itself styling-wise from the triplets moniker.

Good example of a auto manufacturer from the NYC Auto Show that did a nice job of making modifications to their vehicle to differenciate gas model and hybrid is Hyundai with their new Sonata. The basic style of the car is the same bit with some very noticeable changes to the face and rear lamps.

That said the MKZ Hybrid is easily a smarter choice then the compromise 250H from Toyota/Lexus, but I think Lincoln should be careful and not even include the 250H in the same dialogue as the MKZ Hybrid. IMO this comparison drags the MKZ Hybrid down a few levels where I perceive the 250H to be placed.
Tim 04/03/2010
How about an Eco Boost equipped MKZ?
Travis 04/03/2010
I also agree with this post. more luxury hybrid vehicles would be great. i currently have the fusion hybrid and i think this was a smart move for ford to bring the hybrid to the mkz. I think a hybrid MKX would be a bold move for them :)
lrod 04/02/2010
Ford is just getting better and better, I"m a proud, Ford owner.
Greg 04/01/2010
It is about time Lincoln got a hybrid vehicle in their line-up. I currently own a completely trouble free '07 Town Car (bought brand new) and would love to have the hybrid MKZ compliment my Town Car.
Marcie 03/31/2010
I am so happy to see Lincoln bring a hybrid aboard. I really hope the MKX is the next in the Lincoln lineup to become a hybrid, love the MKX!
Eric 03/31/2010
I bought a Milan Hybrid last year, almost wish now I had waited for the Lincoln.
Edgar Gonzalez 03/31/2010
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Brent 03/31/2010
A Lincoln that gets 41 mpg city would be fantastic and the 47 mph electric mode is icing on the cake. I also love your Fusion Hybrid -- it blows away the tuna fish look of the Toyota Prius but I wish it had even better mileage to really trounce the competition. I'm watching the Ford hybrid lineup with great interest. I will never buy a vehicle from Government Motors again, er... General Motors. Ford, all the best to you with your hybrid work. Screw the Government Motors Volt, buy Ford!