Ford may make a plug-in hybrid-electric version of its Lincoln MKZ sedan for the 2013 model year, if there's customer demand for that variant, USA Today reported, citing comments Ford executive Scott Tobin made at the Detroit Auto Show recently. As it is, the 2013 MKZ will include gas-powered and hybrid vesions.

Ford will include a gas, hybrid and plug-in hybrid option for its 2013 Fusion mid-size sedan, which is why it makes some sense to do the same for the Fusions sister Lincoln vehicle. The company didn't disclose further powertrain details for the 2013 Lincoln MKZ.

Ford started selling Lincoln's first hybrid in 2010, and the company boosted sales of the model fivefold to 5,739 vehicles in 2011. The current MKZ hybrid, which pairs a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder gas engine with an electric motor, gets a combined 39 miles per gallon combined. That's almost twice the 21 mpg combined that the conventional six-cylinder MKZ achieves.


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      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      Go, Ford, go. Keep that plug-in technology coming. I don't care if you keep making inefficient conventional cars . . . just be sure that the fuel-saving options are also available and the market will figure it out as gas prices go up. Some people will learn the hard way though.
      marcopolo
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a terrific looking car! Although substantially very similar in proportions to the wide-bodied Toyota Camry Hybrid, the Lincoln has far more style and class than the Toyota. A Lincoln with Plug-in technology is really hitting the most essential area of fuel savings. Go Ford!
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      it should be the only option
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Have you seen the film: 'The Great Dictator?' :-)
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Actually, in this case, Dan's point is worth thinking about. Lincoln did an interesting thing with the mkz hybrid. Since the profit margin was there, they actually charged the same price for it as the conventional car. No premium for it. Also, a big selling point for the Prius is that it is hybrid only. People can care about the environment, but more importantly, everyone knows they care! If production capacity is there, why not? Would be an interesting green halo car for ford....
          marcopolo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          @Ezee Ford is following Toyota's marketing strategy of offering the Lexus, in two versions hybrid, or conventional. Ford extend dealers bonus for sales of the Hybrid to incentivize the sales staff to take the extra time to sell the advantages of the hybrid. Halo cars, only work if you can down sell to other products. The Lincoln is hoping to keep Lincoln buyers (especially fleet) from moving to other brands.