The 2013 Lincoln MKZ has made its long-awaited debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show. In an effort to further distance the model from the very successful Ford Fusion, the MKZ now wears a more aerodynamic and distinctive shape, complete with a new interpretation of the family's split wing grille. Max Wolff, the Lincoln design director, says the grille is supposed to invoke the image of an eagle descending on its prey, though we see more splattered butterfly in the fascia. Still, the smallish, adap
Praised by CleanMPG as "spectacularly clean and concise," Ford's SmartGauge with EcoGuide has received two patents for assisting drivers in maximizing fuel economy. Found on the 2011 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ hybrids, SmartGauge with EcoGuide instantaneously calculates both power and fuel consumption. The point, of course, is to let drivers use this info to pilot vehicles in such a manner that reduces fuel consumption.
When the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid goes on sale this fall, it will have an updated version of the SmartGauge that debuted last year on the Ford Fusion Hybrid. The basics of the SmartGauge remain the same, with a pair of 4.3-inch LCD displays flanking a central speedometer. The LCDs can display several layers of information to help coach the driver to be a more efficient motorist.