Good news -- it seems the bow-wave grille doesn’t hurt aerodynamics, as Ford announced the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is rated at 41 mpg in the city. That's an identical rating to both the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid and the 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid.
Like both the Fusion and Milan hybrids, the MKZ Hybrid is powered by an Atkinson-cycle 2.5-liter I-4, mated with an electric motor via an electrically variable transmission. That system allows the eco-friendly MKZ (along with its Ford and Mercury siblings) to achieve 41 mpg in city driving, 36 mpg on the highway, and 39 mpg combined.
Lincoln has yet to release pricing for the 2011 MKZ Hybrid, but expect finalized price points to emerge when the car rolls into showrooms across the country this fall.