2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Will Get 48 MPG in the CityJune 14th, 2011 by Armaan Almeida
According to an early report from Ford Inside News, the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid is expected to return up to 48 mpg in the city. That would be a marked increase over the current 2011 Fusion Hybrid’s 41 mpg city/36 mpg highway. If the early data proves correct, 48 mpg would put Ford’s next-gen hybrid in the same ballpark with the segment-leading Toyota Prius’s 51 mpg city/48 mpg highway.
The completely redesigned Fusion will begin production in Jan. 2012 as a 2013 model. The hybrid model should be available at launch along with the rest of the Fusion line. Ford is selling the Fusion with slightly different styling as the 2013 Ford Mondeo in European markets, though the Mondeo’s clean diesel engine won’t make it to the States.
A hybrid version of the next-generation Fusion-based 2013 Lincoln MKZ will also be released, likely boasting nearly identical fuel economy numbers from the same powertrain. The MKZ Hybrid will trail the Fusion Hybrid to market by a few months as Ford revisits the Lincoln car’s styling.
If you can’t wait, pricing for the 2011 Fusion Hybrid starts at $28,600. Ford should keep the new 2013 hybrid’s base price under $30,000 to remain competitive in the rapidly expanding gas-electric hybrid market.