Lincoln MKZ Hybrid to get EcoGuide (HMI features flowers and leaves)

Lincoln has introduced its first hybrid – the new 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – a premium midsize car poised to be the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America.

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid’s projected fuel economy tops its nearest competitor – the 2010 Lexus HS 250h – by 6 mpg. It also trumps the Lexus with room for one more passenger and more standard luxury and segment-exclusive safety features.

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid comes standard with several features including ‘SmartGauge with EcoGuide’, Ford’s highly successful interactive technology that provides real-time information to help drivers maximize fuel efficiency, and coaches drivers on how to optimize hybrid performance.

Lincoln takes SmartGauge to the next level of engagement by giving drivers enhanced positive feedback on long-term fuel efficiency and driving performance through the “growth” of virtual small flowers on the system’s right-most screen. Lincoln’s white flowers, inspired by apple blossoms, remain permanently unless long-term fuel economy is reset.

Source: Ford.

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