Luxury Cars: Nowadays, it seems as though everyone is jumping on the green bandwagon, making a conscious effort to lead an eco-friendly lifestyle. With an influx of “green” vehicles hitting the market, consumers no longer have to sacrifice luxury in order to reduce their carbon footprint. As the latest eco-friendly vehicle to hit the streets, the 2011 MKZ Hybrid comes equipped with all the luxuries one would expect to make its way out of the Lincoln garage.
The all-new MKZ Hybrid was first unveiled at the 2010 New York Auto Show and was well-received by both car enthusiasts and critics alike. With a projected 41 city mpg, Lincoln claims that its new hybrid is “the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America.” Unlike other leading hybrids in its class, the MKZ Hybrid is capable of achieving a top speed of 47 miles per hour while running in pure electric mode.
For those who have a need for speed, don’t be discouraged, as the traditional combustion engine kicks into high gear once 47 mph is reached. The MKZ comes equipped with the award-winning 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle, four-cylinder gasoline/electric powertrain that is found in both the Fusion and Milan hybrid models, delivering a combined 191 horsepower.
In addition to the hybrid’s high-performance powertrain and impressive fuel economy, the hybrid’s luxurious interior trimmings were also designed to be eco-friendly. From eco-conscious Bridge of Weir leather to wood trim sourced from well-managed forests, Lincoln made every effort to use sustainable materials. The MKZ also features the SmartGauge™ with EcoGuide, which is an innovative gauge cluster that provides enhanced real-time feedback on fuel efficiency and driving performance.
Interior accents include temperature controlled seating, 10-way power seats with memory controls, as well as thick side-front window acoustics and absorption padding under the carpet, which provide a quiet, comfortable ride. Additional luxuries include a voice-activated navigation system with SIRIUS Satellite Radio® and integrated SIRIUS Travel Link™, as well as SYNC, a voice-activated communications system, which allows the driver to easily operate their MP3 player, Bluetooth®-enabled phone, and provides access to 911 Assist™ and Vehicle Health Report.
Set to hit the market this fall, the highly-anticipated 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is poised to become a favorite among those who lead both a “green” and luxurious lifestyle.