With the 2011 Lincoln MKZ, Ford has officially entered uncharted territory: competing against Lexus luxury hybrid dominance.
Today, at the 2010 New York Auto Show, Ford officially unveiled the previously rumored Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Touting its expected 41 mpg city fuel economy and a laundry list of standard features, Ford claims the MKZ Hybrid is a much better value than its closest Lexus competitor, the HS 250h.
Ford claims that the MKZ hybrid will best the Lexus HS 250h by at least 6 mpg in the city while providing one extra seat and more standard/exclusive features such as wood trim, heated and cooled 10 way adjustable power memory seats, an acoustic laminated windshield, a Ford SmartGauge, Microsoft SYNC, reverse sensing system, a keyless entry keypad, and special leather from Scotland that Ford says is easily recyclable because it is made using a chromium-free tanning process.
The MKZ uses exactly the same hybrid powertrain and SmartGauge as the wildly successful Ford Fusion Hybrid — hence some of the same features as the Fusion Hybrid, such as being able to run in an EV-only mode up to speeds of 47 mph. What’s especially impressive is the fact that Ford has managed to squeeze virtually the same fuel economy stats out of the MKZ hybrid as they get from the Fusion Hybrid despite being a larger and heavier car. The MKZ hybrid also has impressive horsepower numbers: between the electric motor and combustion engine, the MKZ has access to a total of 191 ponies.
No word on pricing yet, but Ford said they would reveal those numbers very soon.