Lincoln has revealed its first hybrid car in the form of a 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid during the 2010 New York International Auto Show. The car uses a second-generation hybrid system that leverages Ford's extensive hybrid knowledge and expertise.

"Lincoln's hallmarks are design, technology and comfort. Now, Lincoln also delivers the best fuel efficiency of any luxury sedan in America," said Mark Fields, Ford's president of The Americas.

Backing these claims are figures released ahead of the public debut which indicate 41mpg in city driving. This is only a projected number yet to be tested. The petrol engine used is the 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle I-4 hybrid motor which was named one of Ward's 2010 "10 Best Engines."

Total system output, including the electric motor, is rated at 140kW (188bhp / 191PS). Lincoln says in pure electric mode the car will do up to 47mph (76km/h).

Some standard features included with the MKZ Hybrid are SmartGauge with EcoGuide which coaches the driver on how to optimise hybrid performance, Lincoln SYNC, real wood trim, heated / cooled front seats and soft Bridge of Weir leather seats.

More details in the press release below.

Gallery: 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Revealed for New York Introduction