The 2011 MKZ is Lincoln's First Hybrid (41 MPG City Projected)
Looks Like a More Upscale Fusion Hybrid
Hyundai's 2011 Sonata Hybrid wasn't the only new hybrid car today. Ford's Lincoln division also debuted the MKZ hybrid, the brand's first hybrid car. Not surprisingly, it shares many things with the Ford Fusion hybrid, most notably the hybrid system and the SmartGauge instrument cluster that rewards you for driving in a fuel-efficient manner.
The combined gasoline engine and electric motor provide 191 net horsepower, and in EV mode, the MKZ can go up to 47 mph if you don't accelerate too briskly.
It is projected to get 41 MPG in the city like the Ford Fusion hybrid. Lincoln hasn't released the highway numbers yet, which either means they don't have them yet or that they are lower than the Fusion's 36 MPG.
Those of you who've been in the Fusion hybrid will recognize this.
SmartGauge with EcoGuide - Ford's highly successful interactive technology provides real-time information to help drivers maximize fuel efficiency, and coaches drivers on how to optimize hybrid performance. Lincoln takes SmartGauge to the next level of engagement by giving drivers enhanced positive feedback on long-term fuel efficiency and driving performance through the "growth" of virtual small flowers on the system's right-most screen. Lincoln's white flowers, inspired by apple blossoms, remain permanently unless long-term fuel economy is reset.
Pricing and Availability
No official word yet on price or availability, the our friends over at ABG have heard that the MKZ hybrid will be priced "below the Lexus HS 250h" and will be available this fall.
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