Better looking, 62 mph EV/Glide, 6 mpgUS more city and 8 more mpgUS highway in particular.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- July 30, 2012
2013 Lincoln MKZh (MKZ non-hybrid shown) - $35,925, excluding $875 delivery to start and a 47/44 mpgUS city/highway rating.
While we wait for the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid details, Ford today released pricing details on its 2013 Lincoln MKZh. It is set to arrive with a 3.3% price increase from the previous model year (2012) and generation (first) and is available at same price as base gasoline-powered model just like its predecessor.
According to Ford, 72 percent of Lincoln MKZ hybrid buyers were new to the brand last year and with the 2013 MKZh offering a class leading fuel economy rating, top of its class quality rankings and Lincoln luxury, expect showrooms to be visited even more this fall when the MKZh is released to the public.
Better looking is a guarantee while its interior specs have yet to be released.
MKZh Standard Features
- Lincoln Drive Control, which orchestrates the performance of the Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) adjustable suspension, electric power-assisted steering (EPAS), engine, transmission, Active Noise Control, traction control and stability control systems.
- Push-button shift, a unique execution that replaces the traditional mechanical transmission shift lever with a contemporary five-button interface and dramatically opens up the center console of the car.
- LED headlamps (segment-first) and taillamps.
- Intelligent Access (proximity key) with push-button start.
Optional features include a retractable panoramic roof, inflatable rear seat belts and multicontour front seats with Active Motion.
Lincoln became the first automaker to offer luxury customers a premium hybrid vehicle with a suggested retail price matching its conventional gas sibling, starting with the MKZ Hybrid in 2010. They are doing so again for 2013.
Exclusive to the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is the by far best drivers displays in the form of SmartGauge with EcoGuide. While the instrument cluster can coach drivers to become more fuel efficient, it’s the EV to ICE-On threshold bar and iFCD bar within the aFCD graph that set it apart.
On the all-new 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid includes new Li-Ion batteries to save weight and generate more power than the previous NiMH’s. The all-new 2.0L Atkinsonized I4 is said to provide similar performance as that of the current 2.5L (188 HP total system output is down just 3 HP from the current 2012 system) with a generation leap in fuel economy capability thanks mainly to a 62 mph EV-Glide capability.
Four trims available
The 2013 Lincoln MKZ will be available in four executions: Premiere, Select, Reserve and Preferred.
The Select package includes the Premiere package plus:
- Rear view camera
- Wood steering wheel
- Ambient lighting
- Rear park sensors
- HD Radio™ technology, which provides better audio quality, improved reception performance and more choices
- Accent lighting in headlamps
- Auto-dimming driver’s side mirror
The Reserve package includes the Select package plus:
- Navigation System with voice recognition
- Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with cross-traffic alert. BLIS alerts when a vehicle enters a blind spot; cross-traffic alert warns of traffic approaching from the sides, such as leaving a parking space in reverse
- Power decklid
- Cooled seats
- Power tilt and telescoping steering wheel
The Preferred package includes the Reserve package plus:
- 19-inch polished wheels with painted pockets
- Premium floor mats
- Heated steering wheel
- Heated rear seats
- 110-volt powerpoint (standard on MKZ Hybrid)
- THX® II Certified Audio System
Lincoln did not release pricing for the available trims listed above.
For audio enthusiasts, MKZ offers the available Lincoln-exclusive THX II Certified Audio System. It features 700 watts, 14 channels and 14 speakers.
To aid drivers, the new Lincoln MKZ offers a Lane Keeping System, a suite of advanced driving aids that helps drivers avoid drifting from their lane due to distraction or fatigue. Consisting of Lane Keeping Aid, Lane Keeping Alert and Driver Assist, the Lane Keeping System utilizes a mono-vision camera integrated into the rearview mirror to read the lane markers ahead.
The Lane Keeping System is available as part of the Technology Package, which also includes adaptive cruise control, active park assist, auto high beams and rain-sensing wipers.
The new MKZ is the only sedan in its class to offer inflatable outboard rear seat belts. Rear-seat passengers – often children or mature passengers – can be more vulnerable to head, chest and neck injuries.
These inflatable second-row, outboard seat belts spread impact forces across more than five times the area of conventional belts, reducing pressure on the chest while helping to control head and neck motion and helping reduce the risk of injuries.
The 2013 Lincoln MKZ will be in dealerships in late fall.