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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Green Overdrive: Drives the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

This week in Green Overdrive, Katie (I hate eco driving) Fehrenbacher takes the Lincoln version of the Ford Fusion for a spin while getting the full sales pitch from the passenger seat.

The Lincoln MKZ hybrid sells for the same price as the regular ICE version at $35,180. the first Lincoln model with a 4-cylinder engine and delivers an EPA city rating of 41 mpg-US (5.7 L/100 km; 49 mpg-imp) and a highway rating of 36 mpg-US (6.5 L/100 km; 43 mpg-imp), which made it the most fuel efficient luxury sedan in the U.S.

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid carries over the hybrid powertrain from the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids, including the 2.5 L Duratec I4 with electric motor producing a total of 191 hp (142 kW). The MKZ Hybrid offers an improvement of Ford's Smart Gauge with EcoGuide, first introduced in the 2010 Fusion Hybrid.

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