The Lincoln Motor Company, known for presenting a world-class exclusivity in their vehicles is taking a wave of change. Yes, Ford’s luxury division is now gearing up for a greener future with 2018 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.
This upcoming MKZ Hybrid will not be out of the ordinary as it is to be based on the standard Lincoln MKZ. It’s just the engine and drivetrain that will benefit from a greener technology.
2018 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Exterior Design
2018 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is retaining the exterior styling of 2017 year model. As part of generational changes, the front fascia will be refreshed with redesigned headlights, bumper and grille. Extensive use of chrome in the front fascia is also on the cards.
This new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is suspected to sport several stylistic creases on the hood and side body. The overall dimensions will remain unchanged with measurements going as length: 193.9 inches, Height: 58.1 inches and width: 73.4 inches.
Options for exterior colors include:
- Diamond Black
- Ingot Silver
- Ruby Red
- Burgundy Velvet
- Midnight Sapphire Blue
- Jade Green
- Palladium White Gold
Interior and Safety
The interior cabin of 2018 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid will host plenty of technological features. But amongst them the newest additions is Revel® audio which might come as standard. Another surprise will be a reworked center console which will house the audio system and infotainment display.
Apart from a sophisticated theme, the cabin will offer ambient lighting which allow adjustment of various colors. The steering wheel will get Wollsdorf leather upholstery and rearranged audio controls. Coming to the seats, the front units will get perforated layout and power reclining function.
As to safety, standard features will include:
- Blind Spot Detection
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Electronic Stability Control
- Multi-stage Airbags
- Lane Departure Warning
- Parking Assist (both front and rear)
This upcoming MKZ Hybrid will use a 2.0 liter Atkinson-cycle inline 4 engine with an e-CVT (Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission). The hybrid powertrain will consist of permanent magnet AC synchronous motor and outputs might surpass 188 HP and 129 lb-ft torque.
The motor will use a 1.4 kWh Li-Ion battery pack which is capable of delivering 35 kW (46 HP) of power. As to fuel economy, the figures are expected to cross 41 mpg in city, 38 mpg on highways and 40 mpg on a combined cycle. Further details go as:
- Compression Ratio – 12.3: 1
- Driveline – FWD
- Engine Block Material – Cast Aluminum
- Fuel Delivery – Sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection
- Exhaust – Dual Chrome integrated exhaust tips
Price and Release Date
As the current MKZ Hybrid starts at $35,170, expect 2018 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid to get a tad bit of hike. Similarly, this model is likely to hit the dealerships during the 4th quarters of 2017 or probably by the 1st half of 2018.