Ford'd Lincoln division has much to celebrate as its first hybrid had just gotten an EPA-certified 41 mpg rating in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. This recognition is a very big deal as it means that the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in the US.
Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president, Global Product Development, said that the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid offers a real choice in the market for customers who want a vehicle that makes a statement about who they are and is a reflection of their ideals too.
He added that this hybrid also has several advanced safety features as well as all the amenities and modern design of a true luxury sedan. Powering the car is a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle I-4 hybrid engine, which produces a combined 191hp.
Lincoln said that its car's nearest rival, the 2010 Lexus HS 250h, can hit just 25 mph in battery-only mode while the MKZ Hybrid can go up to 47 mph.
In addition, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid's projected fuel economy exceeds the Lexus HS 250h by 6 mpg. Kuzak said that the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid has everything that customers want in a midsize luxury sedan, plus unsurpassed fuel economy.
He added that Lincoln's engineers made sure that the hybrid electric motor and engine complement each other in a way that shows the truly refined driving experience that is synonymous with the Lincoln name.
Lincoln’s design teams were able to craft a sumptuous interior laden with rich natural materials, bold architectural elements as well as fine details.
Wolff remarked that the styling of the MKZ’s exterior is well mirrored on the sweep of the new instrument panel, thereby linking the exterior of the luxury car to its interior. The flowing forms of the panel works in harmony with the open center console to offer a comfortable and functional interior that would appeal to younger, more diverse drivers, Wolff remarked.
In addition, the interior of the new MKZ also features a number of innovations and technologies. For instance, the traditional mechanical transmission shift lever has been replaced by a modern five-button interface. The Push Button Shift features five individual buttons: Park, Neutral, Reverse, and two modes of the forward gears, Drive and Sport. This Push Button Shift allowed designers to freely craft a sculptural multi-level center console that boasts of more functional storage areas.
Located just in front of the driver is a full-color 10.1-inch LCD instrument cluster featuring the latest version of SYNC with MyLincoln Touch. The cluster features a new design that features dimensional indicator rings framing reconfigurable TFT (Thin Film Transistor) LCD. MyLincoln Touch also features a nearly flush-mounted center eight-inch LCD touch screen that could display information in color-keyed quadrants.