Another automaker is claiming hybrid supremacy, following a favourable rating from the Environmental Protection Agency.
“The all-new MKZ Hybrid proves that thoughtful customers who prioritize fuel economy and reducing emissions do not need to compromise on luxury, driving quality or advanced technology,” said Jim Farley , group vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service. “MKZ is our strongest proof yet on what the reinvented Lincoln stands for – beautiful vehicles with compelling and warm experiences that create a clear alternative in today’s increasingly competitive luxury marketplace.”
EPA ratings put MKZ Hybrid ahead of key competitors in the luxury midsize sedan market. 5 mpg city and 6 mpg highway ahead of Lexus ES 300h; 18 mpg city and 13 mpg highway ahead of Infiniti M35h and 20 mpg city and 16 mpg highway ahead of BMW ActiveHybrid 3.
Additionally, Lincoln says its MKZ Hybrid is 2 mpg city and 5 mpg better highway than the smaller Lexus CT 200h. And the vehicle is reportedly more fuel efficient than Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles.
Lincoln is offering the MKZ Hybrid at the same price as the equivalent non-hybrid model.
The company says it was the first automaker to offer a premium hybrid vehicle with a suggested retail price matching its conventional-powered sibling.
Other competitors reportedly charge a premium for their hybrid models. The 2013 Lexus ES 300h, for example, is priced at $38,850, representing a $2,750 premium over the 2013 Lexus ES 350.
The new Lincoln MKZ and MKZ Hybrid is set to go on sale later this year. Until then, customers can configure their own virtual MKZ online.