The higher-end sibling model of one of Jordan’s most popular cars in recent years, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is built on the same platform and uses the same mechanics as the ubiquitous Ford Fusion Hybrid, but is wrapped in a more luxurious ensemble. While not as heavily represented on the road as its Blue Oval badge sister, the MKZ Hybrid is nonetheless increasingly common on Jordanian streets, especially in its latest recent guise.
Contemporary but conservative
First introduced in 2013 and aesthetically updated in 2016, the second generation MKZ was finally put on the pasture last year as Lincoln moved away from sedans for a line of SUVs and crossovers. That said, the recent shutdown, however, does not appear to have dented the popularity of the MKZ Hybrid as an independent import, with its familiar and widely available common parts combined with a plush interior and more elegantly dramatic design, this which makes it a must. alternative to Fusion Hybrid.
Contemporary modern and fresh with its flowing roofline, short rear deck and defined ridges, pleats and size, the MKZ nonetheless incorporates a vaguely retro flavor, with details like slender full-width taillights juxtaposed against a clearly protruding and futuristic luggage compartment. Chic but distinctly American, the design of the MKZ took on a more elegant look from 2016 with the adoption of a new grille reminiscent of the Lincoln Continental, in place of the old design of the Eagle grille.
Behind its more conservative, straight and muzzle-shaped grille, and more prominent headlights, the MKZ Hybrid is powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine running on an efficient Atkinson cycle. Producing 141 hp at 6,000 rpm and 129 lb / ft at 4,000 rpm, it is mated to an electric motor developing 118 hp, for a combined system power of 188 hp and 177 lb / ft powering the front wheels . Responsive at low speeds, with almost instantaneous electrical output causing a hint of torque, the MKZ Hybrid accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in about 9 seconds.
Starting in electric mode with the combustion engine joining soon after, the MKZ Hybrid can run on a proprietary power supply for brief moments and at speeds of up to 137 km / h. Using both regenerative braking and the combustion engine to recharge its battery, the MKZ Hybrid is able with confidence on short, steep inclines, but becomes less muscular or responsive when the batteries are depleted on more sustained and assertive climbs. , in which case the combustion engine at its job was tasked with propelling 1720 kg uphill and reloading the tasks.
Making a major contribution to reducing fuel consumption in the city, the MKZ Hybrid’s electric motor also helps deliver generous torque for confident overtaking on the highway. Meanwhile, it’s an accomplished road car with a stable, composed and reassuring ride quality. Driving its front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the MKZ is smooth and efficient, but not as engaging or rewarding to drive as combustion engine versions with a torque converter automatic gearbox, like any other. CVT, the MKZ Hybrid’s transmission works to maintain efficient engine speed, rather precise throttle response.
Perhaps not the fastest in its class, the MKZ Hybrid is, however, among the sportiest and most rewarding drives in a segment of uninspired and largely unsporting mid-size front-wheel-drive hybrid sedans. Precise, responsive and quick, but without the excellent feel, feedback and intuitive nuances of its European hatchback cousins Ford, the steering of the MKZ Hybrid nonetheless complements its decent handling capability in the segment. In smoother corners and around corners with more agility, the MKZ Hybrid feels more proficient and focused in fast corners than many competitors.
Sportier than most in its class if not an outright sports sedan, the MKZ Hybrid retains much of the dynamic capabilities of its petrol variants, despite the extra weight of its hybrid components, mostly concentrated in the batteries under the trunk. Installed but comfortable despite imperfections and a generally forgiving ride, even with 245 / 45R18 tires, the MKZ Hybrid is reassuring and buttoned up and contains body roll well in fast corners. Braking, meanwhile, may lack initial feel, but provides a smooth transition between regenerative and mechanical functions and offers reassuring stopping power.
Refined, smooth and quiet, the calm and elegant interior of the MKZ Hybrid exudes a distinctly more luxurious vibe than that of its sister Ford, and features quality materials, tasteful design and attention to detail. Well equipped with convenience and safety features, the driving position of the MKZ Hybrid is well adjustable and crouched. Quite spacious, the MKZ offers good headroom and cabin width, but with its incredibly low and sloping roofline, the rear headroom is not as spacious as that of the Fusion, while the batteries under the floor reduce the minimum cargo volume to 314 liters.
Engine: 2-liter transverse Atkinson cycle all-aluminum 4-cylinder
Electric motor: permanent magnet AC synchronous motor
Bore x stroke: 87.3 x 83 mm
Compression ratio: 12.3
Timing: 16 valves, variable valve timing, DOHC
Battery, capacity / power: lithium-ion, 1.4 kWh / 35 kW
Transmission: Automatic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), Front Wheel Drive
Final drive: 2.91: 1
Power – gasoline engine, BHP (PS) [kW]: 141 (143)  @ 6,000 rpm
Power – electric motor, BHP (PS) [kW]: 118 (119) 
Power – combined, BHP (PS) [kW]: 188 (190) 
Torque – gasoline engine, lb / ft (Nm): 129 (175) at 4000 rpm
Torque – combined, lb / ft (Nm): 177 (240)
0-100km / h: about 9 seconds (estimate)
Top speed in electric mode: 137 km
Fuel consumption, city / highway / combined: 5.73- / 6.03- / 5.88 liters / 100 km (estimates)
Fuel capacity: 51 liters
Length: 4,930 mm
Width: 1,864 mm
Height: 1475 mm
Wheelbase: 2,849 mm
Track, front / rear: 1,582 / 1,574 mm
Ceiling height, front / rear: 962/929 mm
Legroom, F / R: 1,125/939 mm
Shoulder room, F / R: 1,465 / 1,404mm
Luggage volume: 314 liters
Empty weight: 1720 kg
Steering: Electric assisted rack and pinion
Steering ratio: 14.8: 1
Latch lock: 2.7 turns
Turning circle: 11.88 meters
Suspension: MacPherson struts / multi-link
Brakes, F / R: Ventilated discs, 300 x 28mm / discs, 302 x 11mm, regenerative braking
Tires: 245 / 45R18