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Smart & Economical Luxury - 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid sedan



The 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid sedan is the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America achieving more than 700 miles on a tank of fuel. As Lincoln's first-ever hybrid vehicle, the automaker has priced it for the same MSRP as the gasoline version.

"Lincoln MKZ Hybrid shows that customers don't have to sacrifice luxury to own a green vehicle," said Kate Pearce, Lincoln marketing manager. "You'll find an unusual amount of standard luxury features that are hard to find on a hybrid."

The 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid uses the 2.5L Atkinson-Cycle I-4 hybrid engine and is bolted to an Aisin E-CVT 44H electronically controlled continuously variable automatic transmission. 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 best-in-class 191 net horsepower. Plus, the pure electric mode on the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid extends to a best-in-class 47 mph – compared with the Lexus battery-only mode, which reaches just 25 mph.

The 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid comes standard with features and technologies such as SmartGauge™ with EcoGuide. This 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.

The MKZ Hybrid also features Lincoln SYNC, an innovation that provides an omnipresent link to contacts and information. In addition to Bluetooth® phone, audible text and MP3 capabilities, Lincoln customers can access Vehicle Health Report (VHR) and 911 Assist™. Lincoln SYNC Services leverages industry-leading voice recognition software, integrated GPS technology and a customer's Bluetooth-capable mobile phone. SYNC applications provide simple, hands-free access to personalized traffic reports, precise turn-by-turn driving directions and up-to-date information including business listings, news, sports and weather.

Available for the first time on the MKZ Hybrid is SYNC® AppLink™, a software application that gives Lincoln SYNC users hands-free voice control of select smartphone apps.

Dimensions & specifications

Wheelbase: 107.4; overall length: 189.8; width: 72.2; height: 56.9

All vehicle measurements are in inches

Engine: 2.5L Atkinson Cycle four-cylinder (gasoline) – 156 hp at 6,000 rpm and 135 lbs-ft of torque at 2,250 rpm; Permanent magnet AC synchronous electric motor – 106 hp at 6,500 rpm; 5.5 Ah Nickel-metal hydride battery – 35 hp (26 kW) at 275V.

Transmission: eCVT – electronically controlled continuously variable automatic

EPA Fuel Economy: 41 city/36 highway

Cargo capacity: 11.8 cubic feet

Safety features

Dual front airbags, front seat mounted side-impact airbags, dual head curtain side-impact airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, electronic brake distribution, traction control, Advance Trac electronic stability control, universal garage door opener, automatic headlamps, tire pressure monitors, reverse sensing system, alarm system, side-impact door beams, SYNC communications system and fog lights.

Optional safety features include: navigation system, blind lane information system with cross traffic alert, adaptive headlamps, high-intensity discharge headlamps, rearview camera, and rain sensing windshield wipers.

Warranty

Basic: 4-year/50,000 mile Bumper-to-bumper

Powertrain: 5-year/60,000 mile

Hybrid Components: 8-year/100,000 mile

Corrosion: 5-year/unlimited

Roadside Assistance: 6-year/70,000 mile 24-hour

Pricing

The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid sedan starts from $34,645. Destination charges add $875.

About the Author

Ken Chester, Jr.

Ken Chester, Jr. is President & CEO of Motor News Media Corporation – an automotive news service founded in 1989 as The AutoBuyer Plus Corporation. Featured on numerous television and radio programs, viewers, listeners and readers alike relate to Ken's friendly manner and wealth of information about the many vehicles currently for sale in today's complex automotive marketplace.


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