Since partnering with Toyota to develop hybrid powertrains years back, it has been all good news at Ford’s hybrid division, often beating the Japanese automaker at its own game. With the new 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid expected to obtain an EPA rating of 47 mpg (5.0 lt/100 km) city and 44 mpg (5.3 lt/100 km) highway, which is at least 3 mpg more than the Toyota Prius V, the American automaker is keeping up the momentum.
The Prius V is the C-Max Hybrid’s closest competitor and has an EPA rating of 44 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. Not only is the Ford more fuel-efficient, it is also more powerful with an output of 188-hp versus the Toyota’s 134-hp. With a base price of $25,995, it also costs $1,300 less.
“The C-MAX Hybrid builds on Ford’s 20 years of hybrid innovation and fuel-efficient offerings to take on Prius v with better city fuel economy at 47 mpg and at better value – a great chance for us to shake up the hybrid market,” says Raj Nair, Ford vice president, Global Product Development.
U.S. and Canadian sales of the 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid will start in the third quarter of 2012. A plug-in hybrid variant will also join the lineup shortly after.
2013 FORD C-MAX HYBRID