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Ford Estimates 2013-MY C-MAX Energi Will Get 95 MPGe

July 23, 2012

The 2013 C-MAX Energi.
The 2013 C-MAX Energi.

DEARBORN, MI – Ford Motor Co. reported estimated fuel economy and range figures for the plug-in hybrid of its new C-MAX, the C-MAX Energi. The automaker said it expects its C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid will get 95 MPGe combined city/highway fuel economy, 550 miles of overall range, and 20 miles of electric-only range.

Ford said the C-MAX Energi starts at a base MSRP of $33,745, but that after a federal tax credit pf $3,750, the vehicle's base price will be $29,995. The automaker said the costs of its new hybrid system is 30% less than its previous system. In addition, Ford stated it developed the hybrid battery system, hybrid transmission system, and software for the vehicle in-house.

The C-MAX Energi comes equipped with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine. Overall, Ford projects 188 hp for the total system’s horsepower. The vehicle uses lithium-ion batteries as part of the hybrid system rather than the nickel-metal hydride batteries in the automaker’s first generation of hybrids.

The vehicle also offers Ford’s SmartGauge with EcoGuide, which shows current fuel economy on one of two 4.2-inch LCD screens. Green leaves show the vehicle’s overall driving efficiency on the right cluster. The left cluster shows the Brake Coach display, a feature that helps a drives optimize use of the regenerative braking system.

Ford is also offering the MyFord Mobile smartphone application, designed to work with the C-MAX Energi, that allows users to monitor vehicle charging, receive alerts, find charging stations, and make trip-related plans.

The automaker is building the C-MAX Energi at its Michigan Assembly Plant, on the same line as its C-MAX Hybrid, Focus, Focus Electric, and Focus ST.

You can view a video of the C-MAX Hybrid (which uses the same vehicle platform as the Energi), below.

Updated 7/24/2012, 8:35 a.m. with additional information from Ford.

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