Rumors of a new Lincoln hybrid debuting at the New York Auto Show this week are true, as the new MKZ Hybrid officially debuts on the Ford stand later today. Ford's president of The Americas, Mark Fields, said the MKZ Hybrid "delivers the best fuel efficiency of any luxury sedan in America." Official numbers are not yet available, but the estimate is that the MKZ Hybrid will be 41 miles per gallon (city). More interestingly, the new Lincoln hybrid can reach speeds of 47 miles per hour while being powered only by the battery. Ford would like everyone to compare these specs to the 2010 Lexus HS 250h, which gets 35 mpg in the city and can only get up to 25 mph in all-EV mode.
When burning gasoline, the MKZ Hybrid will use a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle I-4 hybrid engine that, when combined with the powerplant's electric motor, offers 191 horsepower. The car goes on sale in the fall. We'll learn more from the show floor later today. For now, you can find Ford's official press release after the jump..