2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Click image to enlarge
2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
New York, New York – Lincoln has introduced its all-new 2011 MKZ Hybrid at the New York Auto Show, the first hybrid for the brand. The company said it expects the new model to be the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in North America, delivering at least 4.6 L/100 km in city driving.
“Lincoln’s hallmarks are design, technology and comfort,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas. “Now, Lincoln also delivers the best fuel efficiency of any luxury sedan in North America.”
The introduction of the new MKZ Hybrid complements Ford’s global electrification plan; the company is introducing five new electrified vehicles by 2013. These include the Transit Connect Electric in late 2010, the Focus Electric in 2011, a next-generation hybrid vehicle and a plug-in hybrid in 2012, and another next-generation hybrid vehicle in 2013.
Ford said that the MKZ Hybrid’s project fuel economy tops its nearest competitor, the 2010 Lexus HS 250h, and also adds room for one more passenger, and more standard luxury and segment-exclusive safety features. The MKZ Hybrid uses Ford’s second-generation hybrid technology, including a 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine that produces a net 191 horsepower with combined gasoline and electric power, and is capable of reaching 75 km/h in pure electric mode.