DEARBORN - The all-new 2013 Lincoln MKZ represents the future of Lincoln in both style and substance: stunning design wrapped around intuitive, purposeful technology. The first vehicle from the dedicated Lincoln Design Studio, the MKZ signifies the introduction of the reinvented Lincoln brand to attract an emerging large new body of premium automotive consumers.
Unlike other manufacturers, Lincoln does not charge a premium for its hybrid offering. The 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid carries the same base price as the gas-powered 2013 Lincoln MKZ: $35,925, plus $875 destination and delivery charge. It delivers more miles per gallon – 45 mpg city, highway and combined – than any luxury vehicle in America.
2013 LINCOLN MKZ HIGHLIGHTS
> Standard equipment includes 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine, SYNC® with MyLincoln Touch™ driver connect technology, Lincoln Drive Control, unique push-button shift, remote start, LED headlamps and taillamps, and 60/40 split rear seat; class-exclusive retractable panoramic roof makes production debut
> 2013 Lincoln MKZ boasts nine class-exclusive features, six of which are standard: push-button shift, LED headlamps, 10.1-inch LCD instrument cluster, Active Noise Control, 8-inch touch screen and Easy Fuel® capless fuel filler. Available features are the retractable panoramic roof, inflatable rear seat belts and multicontour front seats with Active Motion®
> The visually and technically stunning retractable panoramic roof of the MKZ becomes a Lincoln signature, offering a 15.2-square-foot glass panel and one of the largest rooftop openings available on any modern sedan
> Standard on the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, Lincoln Drive Control orchestrates the performance of multiple systems (including suspension, steering and noise control) to deliver totally new Lincoln driving quality that is the optimal blend of engaging driving and refined ride
> Push-button shift is 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 new MKZ
> Lincoln-exclusive THX® II Certified Audio System, with 700 watts, 14 channels and 14 speakers, is available
> The new MKZ is the only sedan in its class to offer inflatable outboard rear seat belts, which spread impact forces across more than five times the area of conventional belts. This reduces pressure on the chest while helping to control head and neck motion and reduce the risk of injuries
> The 2013 MKZ Hybrid delivers more miles per gallon than any luxury vehicle in America: EPA-certified at 45 mpg city, 45 mpg highway and 45 mpg combined
> The MKZ Hybrid carries the same price as the standard MKZ. This is different from all other automakers that charge a premium for a hybrid choice
> The MKZ Hybrid has been a key component to bringing new customers into Lincoln showrooms, with 72 percent of hybrid buyers being new to the brand last year alone
> Lincoln MKZ Hybrid customers receive the same key features as Lincoln MKZ gas customers in their respective equipment groups. That means in the standard Hybrid Premiere equipment group, for example, customers receive SYNC® with MyLincoln Touch™ with 8-inch touch screen, premium leather-trimmed seats (heated front seats), class-exclusive LED headlamps, 18-inch premium painted wheels and Lincoln Drive Control.
> New lithium-ion batteries save weight and generate more power than the previous nickel-metal-hydride batteries. An all-new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gas engine retains performance with more efficiency than the previous 2.5-liter unit, and the 88-kilowatt electric traction motor alone can power the car up to 62 mph
> The electric traction motor during launch allows for a smaller gasoline engine and significantly reduces fuel consumption. In addition, when it is used as a generator, it helps recover vehicle energy during deceleration or braking to recharge the battery pack. Projected total system power is 188 horsepower
> The 2013 Lincoln MKZ is built at Hermosillo (Mexico) Stamping and Assembly Plant and will be on sale in late 2012