Lincoln unveiled today at the New York Auto Show, the 2011 MKZ Hybrid. This is the company’s first ever hybrid vehicle, but a logical step if you consider both the Ford Fusion and the Mercury Milan are also available with hybrid drivetrains.

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid uses Ford’s second-generation hybrid technology – the 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle I-4 hybrid engine, a system that combines gasoline engine and electric battery-driven motors and delivers a total of 191 hp. In pure electric mode, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid can drive with a top speed of up to 47 mph. Compared to its main competitor, the 2010 Lexus HS 250h, the Lincoln hybrid tops their fuel efficiency by 6mpg with 41mpg in the city.

Also, a trump card that can be played against the 2010 Lexus HS 250h is Lincoln’s extra space allowing for one more passenger, segment-exclusive safety features, and more standard luxury. The Lincoln luxury hybrid sedan will be offered with: SmartGauge with EcoGuide, Lincoln SYNC, 10-Way Power Passenger Seat, Genuine Wood Trim, Reverse Sensing System, Keyless Entry Keypad, Personal Safety System, Acoustic Laminated Windshield and standard Bridge of Weir leather seats. These items will either not be offered with the Lexus or will come with an additional price tag.

Updated 07/22/2010: Lincoln today announced prices for the 2011 MKZ Hybrid that will go on sale this fall. Prices will start at $35,180, a price identical to the 2011 Lincoln MKZ gas model and below the 2010 Lexus HS 250h, the MKZ Hybrid’s nearest competitor.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Lincoln today introduces its first hybrid – the new 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – a premium midsize car poised to be the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America.

Ford Motor Company – America’s largest domestic hybrid seller – is further broadening its aggressive electrification plan and second generation of hybrid technology with the new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. The vehicle is revealed today at the New York International Auto Show.

"Lincoln’s hallmarks are design, technology and comfort. Now, Lincoln also delivers the best fuel efficiency of any luxury sedan in America," said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas.

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Lincoln’s first-ever hybrid is expected to deliver at least 41 miles per gallon in the city when it goes on sale this fall.

The new premium midsize sedan hybrid joins Ford Motor Company’s growing lineup of hybrids, including the Ford Fusion Hybrid – 2010 North American Car of the Year and America’s most fuel-efficient sedan – plus the Ford Escape Hybrid and Mercury Milan and Mariner Hybrids.

Introduction of the new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid also complements Ford’s aggressive global electrification plan. Ford is introducing five new electrified vehicles by 2013. They include the Transit Connect Electric in late 2010, the Focus Electric in 2011, a next-generation hybrid electric vehicle and a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in 2012, followed by another next-generation hybrid electric vehicle in 2013.

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid’s projected fuel economy tops its nearest competitor – the 2010 Lexus HS 250h – by 6 mpg. It also trumps the Lexus with room for one more passenger and more standard luxury and segment-exclusive safety features.

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"Today’s luxury customers do not want to make sacrifices. Lincoln has found a way to deliver a luxury sedan with the comforts they expect, the technology they want and the environmental responsibility society demands," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president, Global Product Development.

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid uses Ford’s second-generation hybrid technology – the 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle I-4 hybrid engine, named one of Ward’s 2010 "10 Best Engines."

The system combines the best attributes of the gasoline engine and electric battery-driven motors to deliver optimal performance and fuel economy.

Industry-leading fuel economy comes without sacrificing power. The combined gasoline engine and electric motor provide 191 net horsepower. Plus, the pure electric mode on the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid extends to 47 mph – compared with the Lexus HS 250h battery-only mode, which reaches just 25 mph.

More standard luxury

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The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid comes standard with features and technologies that are either not offered on the Lexus HS 250h or are available only at an extra cost. They include:

  • SmartGauge with EcoGuide – Ford’s highly successful interactive technology provides real-time information to help drivers maximize fuel efficiency, and coaches drivers on how to optimize hybrid performance. Lincoln takes SmartGauge to the next level of engagement by giving 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. Lincoln’s white flowers, inspired by apple blossoms, remain permanently unless long-term fuel economy is reset.
  • Lincoln SYNC® – The Lincoln-exclusive voice-activated communications and entertainment system provides an omnipresent link to contacts and information. In addition to Bluetooth® phone, audible text and MP3 player capabilities, Lincoln customers also can access Vehicle Health Report and 911 Assist™.
  • 10-Way Power Passenger Seat – This seat is designed to accommodate a diverse group of passengers. Memory functions enable passengers to fine-tune and recall their positions.
  • Power Driver Memory Seat Settings – The driver seat memory feature helps ensure personal seating preferences anytime, with the touch of a button.
  • Heated and Cooled Front Seats – This uniquely engineered system delivers exceptional heating and cooling comfort.
  • Genuine Wood Trim – In addition to their exquisite appearance, the Swirl Walnut and Olive Ash wood trims offered in the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid are eco-friendly as well. The veneers come from well-managed forests, as defined by strict environmental, social and economic standards, and from other rigorously controlled sources.
  • Reverse Sensing System – This system senses what drivers might not see behind them and relays an audible alert if objects are near, which increases in frequency the closer a driver gets.
  • Keyless Entry Keypad – This Lincoln-exclusive feature provides secure entry at a driver’s fingertips. A personal combination holds a memory for driver preferences. So if an owner is out for a run and doesn’t want to take the keys along, the vehicle can be opened with the touch of a few buttons.
  • Easy Fuel® Capless Fuel-Filler – This Lincoln-exclusive feature uses an integrated spring-loaded flapper door to eliminate the need for a fuel tank screw cap. That means no more fumbling to remove and tighten the cap and less fuel odor on a driver’s hands at the pump.
  • Personal Safety System™ – A Lincoln-exclusive suite of seven protection technologies works together as a system to help protect vehicle occupants. The system includes dual-stage front air bags and an occupant classification system to sense whether the passenger seat is occupied. It tailors – or suppresses – air bag deployment to help provide an appropriate level of protection. It also features the Ford Belt-Minder® system to remind front-seat occupants to buckle up.
  • MyKey™ – This Lincoln-exclusive feature allows parents to program a key to limit speed and audio volume to encourage teens to drive safer and improve fuel efficiency. It also encourages seat belt usage, provides earlier low-fuel warnings, and can be programmed to sound chimes at 45, 55 and 65 mph.
  • Integrated Spotter Mirrors – The traditional side-view mirrors are designed with a secondary convex spotter mirror in the top outer corner, which provides a view of the driver’s blind spot. When traffic enters the driver’s blind spot on either side of the vehicle, it is visible in the secondary convex mirror, alerting the driver of obstacles.
  • Acoustic Laminated Windshield – This windshield features a layer of sound-absorbent vinyl sandwiched between two sheets of glass, which enhances interior quietness.
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The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid also includes standard Bridge of Weir leather seats. The world-renowned luxury leather from Scotland is unembossed, allowing the natural beauty and character of the grain to shine through. The leather is milled for up to 12 hours to ensure a soft hand, and Bridge of Weir uses a chromium-free tanning process, which makes it easier to recycle.

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  (677) posted on 01.31.2012

It was nice to have this unit available on a hybrid version. The interior is elegant and grand. It showcases some of the gadgets that would help in getting where it will go. 

  (570) posted on 12.5.2011

It didn’t look like a hybrid vehicle for me. It only looks so simple and ordinary on its platform unlike the other electric car which is truly very glamorous on their exterior detailing.

  (517) posted on 12.2.2011

I just really don’t like the fact that it is a hybrid vehicle! Anyway, I hope that it would also be available in gas version. Moreover, I noticed that its interior is so impressive for it.

  (276) posted on 11.24.2011

In spite of being a simple car, I still love the safety features that this MKZ hybrid had. I also noticed that it had a very striking and awesome interior which I’m sure car lovers would love to have.

  (530) posted on 11.22.2011

I just noticed that the platform of this Lincoln is almost the same with BMW, most especially on its exhaust design. However, I’m still impressed with its very classy and comfortable interior!

  (600) posted on 09.29.2011

Prior to its technical and system engine, no doubt it has a great technology. Really one of the Hybrid car component car. Car wise choice.

  (321) posted on 05.11.2011

Lincoln Hybrid sustain natural characteristics that makes its difference from the other hybrid concept. It has the premium quality that obtain for having a unique and distinct appearance,

  (474) posted on 02.1.2011

The system combines the best attributes of the gasoline engine and electric battery-driven motors to deliver optimal performance and fuel economy.

  (460) posted on 12.9.2010

What I like most in Hybrids are its brake pedals, its firmer and you don’t have to panic when you want to stop unexpectedly. Like what in Ford Fusion Hybrid, I think both have similarities in brake system. We have to consider also its car ego gauge, an electric motor is a sure econo winner.

  (380) posted on 10.8.2010

What I don’t understand is why not design the Lincoln first and then scale it down to Fords. It would make the Lincolns look more than Ford Fusions with some chrome on it and the Fords will look higher class, win win. But at least Lincoln gets the good engines.

  (159) posted on 09.29.2010

That is quite a vehicle and a smart strategy. Considering the Lexus HS250h is just a well dressed Toyota from overseas the Lincoln version of the Fusion Hybrid compares quite well. A better car for a lower price than the other Luxury makes is a great way for Lincoln to start being competitive and make up for lost Mercury sales.

  (2) posted on 08.20.2010

Beware of Lincoln and Ford hybrid cars! They do not have as much experience with hybrid cars as Honda and Toyota so they will likely have more problems and end up in more expensive repair costs. It’s their first year of making the hybrid cars while Toyota and Honda already made them for 10 years! For example, 2007 toyota camry hybrid is already toyota’s seventh year of working on the hybrid system while 2010 ford fusion is ford’s first year of working on hybrid system. So, ford fusion hybrid will end up more expensive repair costs than toyota camry hybrid. I know it will happen. In other words, I was surprised that Ford fusion hybrid has slightly more fuel efficient than Toyota camry hybrid but ford has more expensive service to be defeated by it.

  (515) posted on 08.9.2010

What I don’t understand is WHY NOT DESIGN THE LINCOLN FIRST and then scale it down to Fords. It would make the Lincolns look more than Ford Fusions with some chrome on it and the Fords will look higher class, win win. But at least Lincoln gets the good engines.

  (534) posted on 07.27.2010

Though I’m sure this had more to do with competing with Lexus than anything else. Maybe Lincoln will start to gain some momentum with this.

  (808) posted on 04.5.2010

simple and elegant, also it’s interiors and seats looks quite comfortable. Good thing that it was a hybrid because MKZ was also rated as one of the gas drinker car.

  (1333) posted on 04.5.2010

Luxurious. Well, even though cars like this are only for those rich and somewhat famous, who I really think wouldn’t have any problems with gas money, it is still great news to know that there are a lot of good options for greener cars nowadays. We really need to cut on carbon emission.

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