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First look: Lincoln’s Baby Sedan, The MKZ, Goes Hybrid For 2011

MKZ gets styling makeover, as well.

by on Sep.08, 2010

The 2011 MKZ Hybrid will Lincoln's first hybrid and the first car for the luxury brand with a four-cylinder engine.

For 2011, the popular MKZ sedan, formerly known as the Lincoln Zephyr, gets a complete cosmetic makeover that makes it look like all the other Lincolns, with that toothy split-wing grille, but more importantly, it is Lincoln’s first-ever hybrid passenger car, and the first Lincoln ever powered by a 4-cylinder engine.

The entire second-generation Ford hybrid system has been picked up from the Ford Fusion and installed in the more luxurious and more expensive MKZ with which the Fusion shares platforms.  That means a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine coupled to an Aisin E-CVT transmission, an electric motor, a 275-volt Nickel metal hydride propulsion battery, and regenerative braking.

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It also means that the very clever and easy-to-use digital display screens developed for the Ford hybrid have been carried over to the Lincoln, including the four-phase driver assist system and the virtual leaves that grow the more carefully you drive.  Like the Fusion, the MKZ will drive on pure electric power up to 47 miles per hour, when the engine comes on automatically to assist or accelerate.


No Price Premium For 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Move could drive up demand for gas-electric powertrain.

by on Jul.22, 2010

Lincoln plans to offer the hybrid version of its 2011 MKZ for the same price as a standard powertrain.

Lincoln will launch its new 2011 MKZ Hybrid at the same price as the conventionally-powered version of the luxury sedan, the first time an automaker has decided to forego the normal price premium for a gasoline-electric drivetrain.

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The move, which Ford Motor Co. officials suggest will be repeated on other Lincoln hybrids to come, is part of a plan to re-establish Lincoln as a serious competitor in the luxury market, something that has become all the more critical in light of Ford’s recent decision to abandon the mid-range Mercury brand, with which Lincoln had long been paired.

“We think they (customers) will be even more excited to learn they sacrifice nothing to be able to go green in style,” said John Felice, general manager of Ford and Lincoln Marketing.