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Next Ford Fusion Hybrid Could Get 47-48 MPG


2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Consumers looking forward to the next all-new Ford Fusion Hybrid for a family sedan replacement, get ready for some (hopefully) very good news.

Ford Motor Company is clearly on a roll, planning to hedge its bets by offering consumers more fuel-efficient hybrids, five new electrified vehicles by 2012, and gasoline-powered vehicles that gain fuel efficiency due to Ford’s EcoBoost engine and other advanced technologies. Hybrid case in point: the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid.

How fuel efficient will the next mid-size Fusion Hybrid be? According to a website that pays keen attention to all Ford news, the brand-new-from-the-ground-up 2013 Fusion Hybrid will get an estimated EPA-rated 47 to 48 miles per gallon in city driving.

In achieving those fuel-economy numbers, Ford will likely use a much more efficient compact lithium-ion battery pack, ditching the bulkier and less efficient 275-volt sealed nickel-metal hydride battery pack currently used in the 2011 Fusion Hybrid.

Here in North America, the five-passenger Fusion Hybrid in its current iteration carries an EPA rating of 41 mpg city, 36 mpg highway. Families in the market for an affordable fuel-efficient mid-size sedan should be lining up to test-drive the new Fusion Hybrid.

In fact, Ford is apparently looking to achieve its highest Fusion sales ever – an increase of up to 50 percent – with the all-new model. Reports of anticipated sales approaching 30,000 per month have been floated.

If this proves true, the 2013 Fusion could certainly provide some stiff sales competition to Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, two perennial top-selling cars in America.

As for when the new Fusion Hybrid will hit dealer showrooms, production is expected to begin in January, 2012, so look for it within a few weeks after that. No word yet on whether it will carry a 2012 or 2013 model year designation, but FamilyCarGuide bets it will be a 2013.

As for pricing, that’s anyone’s guess – although we expect it will be more than competitive. After all, the blue-oval gang in Dearborn is serious about ratcheting up Fusion’s sales numbers, and Fusion Hybrid is definitely a plus in that forecast.

[Ford Inside News, via Green Car Reports and The Car Connection]

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