Ford, which earlier this year unveiled the MKZ Hybrid to its Lincoln luxury auto brand, announced yesterday that the vehicle had received official EPA certification for gas mileage. The hybrid car has been rated 41 MPG in city driving and 36 MPG on the highway, making it what Ford says is the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America.
The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, according to Ford, bests its nearest competitor – the 2010 Lexus HS 250h – by 6 mpg. It is the Lincoln brand’s first ever hybrid, making use of the company’s second-generation hybrid technology – the 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle I-4 hybrid engine – to achieve its higher MPG. The combined gasoline engine and electric motor provide 191 net horsepower, and in pure electric mode the vehicle can get up to 47 MPH.
The car will come equipped with the Ford SmartGauge with EcoGuide technology to give “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.” This feedback, if followed properly, reportedly will allow drivers within one year to “save nearly 200 gallons of gas and reduce their carbon footprint by almost two tons of CO2.” In addition, other features of note will include a 10-way power passenger seat, power driver memory seat settings, heated/cooled front seats, wood trim, a keyless entrypad and an acoustic laminated windshield.
“The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid provides a real choice in the marketplace for customers looking for a vehicle that not only makes a statement about who they are but also reflects their ideals,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president, Global Product Development, in a statement. “It offers the best fuel economy in its segment, a host of advanced safety features, and all the amenities and modern design of a true luxury sedan.”
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