Ford C-MAX Hybrid: The most fuel-efficient hybrid in U.S.
Ford has just announced that the 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid is projected to achieve 47 mpg city, which is at least 3 mpg better than Toyota Prius v. This will make the all-new hybrid from Ford the most fuel-efficient hybrid in the U.S. The C-MAX Hybrid is Ford’s first entry in the largest hybrid segment and they will launch it with more performance and technology and at a $1,300-lower base price than the Prius v. That’s quite an achievement for their first offering in the hybrid segment.
The small hybrid segment in which the new C-MAX Hybrid will compete accounts for 65 percent of all hybrid sales in the U.S. Ford says they project that half of the sales will come from customers trading in hybrid models from the competition. With a base price of just $25,995, Ford says the payback period for the premium hybrid technology will be just two years as opposed to four years for leading small crossovers.
C-MAX Hybrid technology
The Ford C-MAX Hybrid technology uses a combination of a gasoline engine and a battery-driven electric motor. When powered by gasoline, the C-MAX Hybrid uses the all-new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine. The engine uses Ford’s new technology and is a non-turbo version of their highly successful EcoBoost 2.0-liter engine.