With the introduction of the 2011 MKZ Hybrid, Lincoln expects to have the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America. Unveiled at the New York Auto Show, Lincoln’s first-ever hybrid is expected to deliver at least 41 miles per gallon in the city when it goes on sale this fall.
“Lincoln’s hallmarks are design, technology and comfort. Now, Lincoln also delivers the best fuel efficiency of any luxury sedan in America,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas.
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 premium mid-size hybrid uses Ford?s interactive SmartGauge with EcoGuide to coach drivers to optimize hybrid performance and gives the drivers positive feedback on long-term fuel efficiency.