Ford Gives Lincoln MKZ No-Cost Hybrid Option

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
ford gives lincoln mkz no cost hybrid option

The automotive world largely yawned when Ford announced the 2011 Lincoln MKZ hybrid. After all, Ford already offered the Fusion and Mercury Milan in hybrid flavor, and the standard MKZ is hardly setting the world on fire with only 11,214 models sold in the first half of 2010. In search of a bigger publicity bump for its luxury hybrid, Ford has pulled a fun little gimmick out of its bag of tricks: the 2011 MKZ will offer a hybrid drivetrain for no price premium over the standard V6 version [press release here]. According to the AP [via Yahoo], this is the first time a manufacturer has offered hybrid and non-hybrid versions of the same car for the same price. And really, the move comes as no huge surprise. With Mercury on its way out, Ford doesn’t have to worry about the$35,180 MKZ Hybrid encroaching on the $32k Milan Hybrid, and if it had charged a hybrid premium, the MKZ hybrid could have cost closer to $40k where it would have faced tougher competition from better-established luxury brands. Besides, Lincoln needs to build some momentum somehow… but is value a good place to start rebuilding a worn-down luxury brand?

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  • Npbheights Npbheights on Jul 22, 2010

    It's an awesome idea. I have often wondered why Lexus didn't go this route... An ES with a Camry Hybrid drivetrain would have been so much easier and more appealing than that wretched HS250h. A Hybrid ES with the 2.5 liter engine - dare I say it would be the return of the ES250?!!

  • John Horner John Horner on Jul 23, 2010

    Hybrid technology is likely to become as commonplace as automatic transmissions, anti-lock brakes and air conditioning have become. All of those started out as expensive options, then became standard on luxury cars and eventually became standard on almost everything.

  • Joe_thousandaire Joe_thousandaire on Jul 23, 2010

    The better idea would be to eliminate the V6 MKZ altogether. Making it a hybrid-only model would give the MKZ somewhat of an identity. As of now the vehicle has no reason for being, having the more attractive MKS and Taurus SHO sharing the same lot.

  • Thalter Thalter on Jul 23, 2010

    Unless I am seriously mistaken, this will be the first four-banger Lincoln in a long time, possibly ever. Somehow I don't see them making a big deal about this stat (Unlike the noise they made about the stick shift in the LS being the first since 1956).