The upcoming 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, which recently rated 41 MPG in city driving and 36 MPG on the highway by the EPA, is getting something of a pricing first when it goes on sale. Usually a hybrid option for a car not built specifically to be a hybrid (i.e. a Prius) costs more than its conventional gas sibling, especially in the luxury sector. Not so with this Lincoln hybrid though – both it and its gas brother will cost around $35,180 starting.
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.
“Lincoln is about delivering luxury standard,” said John Felice, general manager, Ford and Lincoln Marketing, in a statement. “Whether it’s our new MKX with standard MyLincoln Touch technology or the no-cost choice of a gas or hybrid powertrain with the Lincoln MKZ, we want to give customers premium amenities with unexpected value.”