by Nino Marchetti : Ford, already filling our in-boxes with emailed news releases about the good EPA MPG ratings its 2013 fleet of green cars is getting, just sent over another one regarding its Lincoln luxury brand. The word from them today is that the 2013 MKZ Hybrid delivers more miles per gallon than any luxury vehicle in America due to its EPA-certified 45 mpg across the board – city, highway and combined.
Lincoln is offering the new MKZ Hybrid, it said, at the same price as the equivalent non-hybrid model. If you know anything about buying a hybrid option among a choice of engine types for a given vehicle model, you know you usually pay a pretty premium for that technology, so what Lincoln is doing here, especially given its luxury class, is a nice nod to green drivers.
As we’ve reported on before, the 2013 MKZ Hybrid sports a new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gas engine mated to a 70-kilowatt electric traction motor that can offer a projected total system power of 188 horsepower. The electric motor is also said to be able to push the car to 62 MPH all by itself, and the car has driving related features like adjustable suspension, electric power-assisted steering and active road noise control.
A standard package being offering with this Lincoln luxury hybrid is Ford’s SYNC technology tied to an eight-inch touchscreen, leather-trimmed seats (heated front seats), class-exclusive LED headlamps and 18-inch premium painted wheels.
The vehicle, which prices for around $36,000, will go on sale later this year alongside its non-hybrid kin as well as Ford’s other green car offerings.