The all-new 2013 Lincoln MKZ luxury sedan has officially been revealed, and fortunately, it looks very much like the MKZ concept that was unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Making its debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show, the production model is said to represent the future of Lincoln in both style and substance. Ford‘s luxury brand is pinning a lot on the new sedan.
Outside, the new MKZ features a sweeping profile. Its steeply raked windshield and lengthened backlight make for a sleeker and more flowing appearance that is 10 percent more aerodynamic than the model it replaces. Despite its futuristic theme, the design retains classic Lincoln design elements, including a more refined interpretation of the split-wing grille. The sedan’s rearview mirrors are mounted on the doors, enabling the front door glass to extend farther forward to improve visibility and to allow even more light into the interior. Sharply-crafted LED front and rear lights also help deliver a sophisticated, ultra-modern look.
Inside, the 2013 MKZ features bold architectural elements, rich natural materials and fine details. The wide center console is both modern and sophisticated, providing for an easily accessible gateway to the sedan’s assortment of high-tech features. Not to knock on Lincoln, but the overall styling of the center stack seems to takes a page from the previous Acura TL.
Going back to high-tech features, Lincoln’s engineers have replaced the traditional mechanical transmission shift lever with a contemporary five-button interface for selecting the gears. Standard luxury amenities include an 11-speaker audiophile entertainment system, cabin air filtration, heated front seats, remote start capabilities and Active Noise Control. Also available is a full-color 10.1-inch LCD instrument cluster that functions with the latest SYNC with MyLincoln Touch, a massive retractable Panoramic Roof and a huge array of safety tech.
The 2013 MKZ will be offered with three powertrains. The standard engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower (uses premium fuel) and 270 lb-ft of torque. The engine delivers an estimated fuel-efficiency rating of 22 miles per gallon city and 33 mpg highway. Second on the list is the optional 3.7-liter V6 that produces 300-HP and 277 lb-ft of torque, returning 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. Finally, there is a hybrid powertrain that produces a combined 188-HP from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder and electric drivetrain. Lincoln says the MKZ hybrid will be the most fuel-efficient premium sedan on the market when it goes on sale.
All non-hybrid models come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and a front-wheel-drive setup, with paddle shifers and an all-wheel-drive setup offered as optional features. The MKZ Hybrid is only offered with a CVT and a front-wheel-drive setup.
Ford Mustang Hybrid Will Have V8 Engine And AWD?
Ford’s gasoline-electric muscle car will be a first in more than one way.
The upcoming Ford Mustang hybrid might actually have a V8 engine like its predecessors, literally giving it V8 power rather than the “V8-like” power previously alluded.
New patent filings uncovered by suggest Ford doesn’t necessarily see electrification as an excuse to downsize. Filed by the American automaker in July 2017 but not published until January 2019, the filings outline a “twin motor drive system for hybrid vehicle” consisting of a a longitudinally-mounted internal combustion engine that powers the rear wheels and a two electric motors that each spins one of the front wheels via a reduction gearbox.
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This setup effectively gives the Mustang all-wheel drive for the first time ever in the model’s long and storied history.
Although the patent notes the hybrid system is compatible with a variety of internal combustion engines, it clearly shows an eight-cylinder engine. Ford wasn’t necessarily alluding to V8-like power when it announced back in 2018 that the Mustang hybrid would have “V8 levels of power and even more torque.”
The company has fast-tracked the Mustang hybrid to production, with plans to release it sometime in 2020. How do you envision it?
New Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid Is Ready To Fight Crime
When the all-new Ford Explorer suits up to protect and serve…
Ford has revealed the new Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid, its latest crime-fighting SUV for law enforcement officers in North America and possibly elsewhere.
Based on the 2020 Ford Explorer, the Police Interceptor Utility promises added protection for those in the line duty while also delivering better fuel mileage and reduced emissions than its predecessor. It features a Police Perimeter Alert system that not only provides 270 degrees monitoring around the vehicle, but can also analyze the movement of bad guys; can automatically secure the vehicle by locking doors and rolling up windows; and create motion trails on perpetrators outside so that officers can track their movements.
On the mechanical front, there is an optional hybrid powertrain that delivers an estimated fuel economy rating of 24 mpg combined rating, which is a a whopping 41 percent improvement over the 3.7-liter gas engine under the hood of the previous Police Interceptor Utility.
Interceptor Utility Hybrid also has better acceleration than the old 3.7L-engine equipped model, reaching 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) 1.1 second faster and shaving an impressive 4.7 seconds off the 100 mph (161 km/h) sprint.
According to Ford, the hybrid Utility could save up to 1,276 gallons (4,830 liters) of fuel per year in regular operations, a figure that’s based on 4.9 estimated hours of idling per eight hour shift, with two shifts daily.
A 3.0L EcoBoost and 3.3L V6 are available for state authorities looking for something more bit more old school. All three engine options are mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission and a permanent all-wheel drive system.
Other mechanical highlights include an upgraded cooling system, specially tuned brakes, cop-spec steel wheels, and additional reinforcement to help it withstand eight-inch curb impacts and high-speed crossings over medians and railroad tracks. It also meets 75-mph rear-impact crash standards and can wade through 18 inches of water.
Porsche 911 Hybrid Will Have Mild And Plug-in Hybrid Versions
The new 911 was designed to support various forms of hybrid technology.
The Porsche 911 hybrid is still a few years away, but when it eventually hits the market, it will be offered with both mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains during its planned seven-year life cycle.
In an interview with , Porsche’s sports car development boss August Achleitner revealed that the eighth-generation 911 (992) has been future-proofed with a series of engineering measures that allows it support either hybrid tech.
“We’ve taken the experience we gained with hybrid versions of the Cayenne and Panamera, as well as the 918 Spyder, and applied it to the new 911,” Achleitner stated. “In the future, this will allow us to offer it with pure-electric capability.”
To provide room for the battery and electric motor, engineers tweaked the 911’s updated 3.0L six-cylinder and eight-speed automatic transmission to allow a disc-shaped electric motor to be housed within the rear section of the transmission. The new gearset is actually 100 millimeters shorter.
Achleitner didn’t provide any performance details about the hybrid powertrain, but he did hint that the Panamera S E-Hybrid was used as a reference. And although Porsche has no plans for a fully electric 911 anytime soon, the 911 hybrid will be able to travel several miles in electric-only bode.