FUEL-EFFICIENT LUXURY SEDAN IN AMERICA
- New 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid expected to be most fuel-efficient
luxury sedan in America
- Lincoln MKZ Hybrid takes SmartGaugeTM with EcoGuide to
next level, offering drivers enhanced positive feedback on long-term
fuel efficiency and driving performance
- More standard luxury, technologies and segment-exclusive safety
features in the new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid help it top its nearest
competitor, the 2010 Lexus HS 250h
NEW YORK, March 31, 2010 - Lincoln today introduces its first hybrid -
the new 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid - a premium midsize car poised to be the
most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America.
Ford Motor Company - America's largest domestic hybrid seller - is
further broadening its aggressive electrification plan and second generation
of hybrid technology with the new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. The vehicle is
revealed today at the New York International Auto Show.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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's 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
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
More standard luxury
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. They include:
- 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.
- Lincoln SYNC® - The Lincoln-exclusive voice-activated communications
and entertainment system provides an omnipresent link to contacts and
information. In addition to Bluetooth® phone, audible text and MP3
player capabilities, Lincoln customers also can access Vehicle Health
Report and 911 AssistTM.
- 10-Way Power Passenger Seat - This seat is designed to accommodate a
diverse group of passengers. Memory functions enable passengers to
fine-tune and recall their positions.
- Power Driver Memory Seat Settings - The driver seat memory feature
helps ensure personal seating preferences anytime, with the touch of a
- Heated and Cooled Front Seats - This uniquely engineered system
delivers exceptional heating and cooling comfort.
- Genuine Wood Trim - In addition to their exquisite appearance, the
Swirl Walnut and Olive Ash wood trims offered in the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
are eco-friendly as well. The veneers come from well-managed forests, as
defined by strict environmental, social and economic standards, and from
other rigorously controlled sources.
- Reverse Sensing System - This system senses what drivers might not
see behind them and relays an audible alert if objects are near, which
increases in frequency the closer a driver gets.
- Keyless Entry Keypad - This Lincoln-exclusive feature provides
secure entry at a driver's fingertips. A personal combination holds a
memory for driver preferences. So if an owner is out for a run and
doesn't want to take the keys along, the vehicle can be opened with the
touch of a few buttons.
- Easy Fuel® Capless Fuel-Filler - This Lincoln-exclusive feature uses
an integrated spring-loaded flapper door to eliminate the need for a
fuel tank screw cap. That means no more fumbling to remove and tighten
the cap and less fuel odor on a driver's hands at the pump.
- Personal Safety SystemTM - A Lincoln-exclusive suite of
seven protection technologies works together as a system to help protect
vehicle occupants. The system includes dual-stage front air bags and an
occupant classification system to sense whether the passenger seat is
occupied. It tailors - or suppresses - air bag deployment to help
provide an appropriate level of protection. It also features the Ford
Belt-Minder® system to remind front-seat occupants to buckle up.
- MyKeyTM - This Lincoln-exclusive feature allows parents
to program a key to limit speed and audio volume to encourage teens to
drive safer and improve fuel efficiency. It also encourages seat belt
usage, provides earlier low-fuel warnings, and can be programmed to
sound chimes at 45, 55 and 65 mph.
- Integrated Spotter Mirrors - The traditional side-view mirrors are
designed with a secondary convex spotter mirror in the top outer corner,
which provides a view of the driver's blind spot. When traffic enters
the driver's blind spot on either side of the vehicle, it is visible in
the secondary convex mirror, alerting the driver of obstacles.
- Acoustic Laminated Windshield - This windshield features a layer of
sound-absorbent vinyl sandwiched between two sheets of glass, which
enhances interior quietness.
seats. The world-renowned luxury leather from Scotland is unembossed,
allowing the natural beauty and character of the grain to shine through. The
leather is milled for up to 12 hours to ensure a soft hand, and Bridge of
Weir uses a chromium-free tanning process, which makes it easier to recycle.