NEW FOR 2011:

– New Hybrid model
– FWD and AWD trim lines
– Standard MyKey system and integrated spotter mirrors
– Exterior colours: Ingot Silver Metallic, Bordeaux Reserve Metallic and Steel Blue Metallic added; Smokestone Metallic, Brilliant Silver Metallic and Atlantis Green discontinued

For 2011, the Lincoln MKZ adds a hybrid model, with four-cylinder engine, electric motor and NiMH battery. Although the content does not change, the FWD and AWD are now listed as separate trim levels. All models receive standard MyKey, which sets limits for specific drivers based on the key used, and integrated spotter mirrors.

Based on the Ford Fusion, the Lincoln MKZ uses a 3.5-litre V6 with six-speed automatic transmission in the FWD and AWD models, and a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine with continuously variable transmission (CVT) in the Hybrid, which is front-wheel drive only.

Features on the FWD and AWD models include 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, Easy Fuel capless filler, fog lamps, LED taillamps, chrome-capped heated mirrors with auto-dimming driver’s side and puddle lamps, rain-sensing wipers, reverse sensing system, auto-dimming rear-view mirror with compass, auto up/down front windows, cruise control, garage door opener, tilt and telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel with genuine wood accents and audio controls, ambient lighting, pushbutton start, ten-way heated and cooled seats in Bridge of Weir leather-trimmed upholstery, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, six-CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input, SYNC and satellite radio, MyKey tire pressure monitoring system, SOS post-crash alert system, and SecuriCode keyless entry keypad.

The AWD adds adaptive xenon headlamps.

The Hybrid builds on the FWD and adds a driver’s knee airbag and fixed rear seat.

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