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2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

While Ford is busy busting its you know what to prep its next-gen CD4 vehicles – the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ here in the States and the Ford Mondeo in other markets – for launch, the team of Blue Oval engineers assigned to development of the next-gen Ford Fusion Hybrid is reportedly hard at work reducing the gas-electric's fuel consumption.

A report from Ford Inside News suggests that the Fusion Hybrid's updated powertrain, which will most likely features Ford's fuel-saving e-CVT trans, will bump the vehicle's fuel economy rating all the way up to 47 or 48 miles per gallon city, a healthy increase over the 2011 Fusion Hybrid's 41 mpg city rating. Since the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid will make use of the same hardware, this means that the gas-electric MKZ is almost sure to have an identical mpg rating.

We suspect that the next-gen Ford Fusion Hybrid will launch in early 2012, with the debut of the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid likely pushed back until at least mid-2012.

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[Source: Ford Inside News via Green Car Reports]


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      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Development of the next-generation Fusion Hybrid is also exceeding its projected fuel economy targets. FIN as learned through a source familiar with the program that the new Fusion Hybrid should achieve around 47 or 48 miles per-gallon in the CITY. The 2013 Lincoln MkZ has been delayed to the second half of 2012, likely due to styling delays." ABG You FAIL at reading.
        paulwesterberg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        According to the fueleconomy.gov the current fusion hybid rates at 41/36/39 (city/hwy/combined) So if they are bragging about how good its City mileage will be then they must not have improved their highway much as 2WM says: the sedans aerodynamics limit its cruising efficiency.
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          Jim, that's sort of the point, isn't it? Different people, different choices! Not everyone, in fact in reality, not many people care about aerodynamics. Some people actually like comfort and convenience. You must remember that this forum is not really representative of Joe Public.
          Smith Jim
          • 3 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          I blame the average consumer for poor aerodynamics. The car companies build all kinds of cars and most people seem to love boxy shapes. I have a nephew who claims to be in favor of environmental sustainability. He drives a Jeep Wrangler. I once pointed out a first generation Honda Insight to him. He said, "That's an ugly car!" He hates the Honda Insight and thinks the Jeep Wrangler is a better shape. The Jeep Wrangler has the aerodynamic qualities of a parachute and people seem to love this. I don't get it.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      not green. it's a heavy fossil fuel burner.
        guyverfanboy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        carbon monoxide is still produced when making the car whether it is gas/diesel/electric etc.
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Thanks Dan! Since you have confirmed my suspicions, I won't even try. The Prius isn't green either, now is the volt. Horses, and the women I ride also emit greenhouse gases, so I will just nip off now and buy that Excursion! Thanks Dan, you have been a big help!
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        green is relative.
      Ziv
      • 3 Years Ago
      If Ford can get the Fusion Hybrids' city mileage up to 47 mpg by next spring that would be huge, and is probably what ABG is trying to report. If the city mpg goes up 14% to 47, the hwy mpg might go up 8 or 9%, or up to 39 mpg. That would be a 44 mph combined number. 47/39/44 is not bad for a car that drives as well as the Fusion and looks pretty decent as well. If they can get a 44 combined mpg rating that is very impressive indeed.
        Ziv
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ziv
        And that is what the linked article stated, the city mpg will be 47-48 mpg, which is a 17% increase in city mpg for the new Fusion, combine that with a 8% increase in hwy mpg to 39 mpg means the combined will be around nearly 45 mpg. The word has been that the new Ford CVT would be giving some nice improvements in mpg, so an improvement isn't a surprise, though the amount of the improvement is.
          Ziv
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Ziv
          I should have said, " IF THERE IS A CORRESPONDING 8% increase in hwy mpg" And that is probably as much as they will get on the hwy increase.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      48MPG CITI not highway!!!
      Pete K
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid doesn't currently offer 41 mpg highway...it gets 36 mpg highway... I think this author means the 41 mpg CITY that the Fusion Hybrid offers... http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/findacar.htm
      paulwesterberg
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they used a slightly higher capacity lithium ion battery with a plug they could get easily get 60mpg. They will wait until 2014 to "wow" everyone with that "new" technology and proclaim that they are selling the highest mileage sedan. It seems that Ford is always 2 years behind: The plug in prius is launching in the spring of 2012. The nissan leaf will have been on the market for 2 years before the trunk-less focus EV launches.
        Spiffster
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        2 years behind... how do you figure? The Focus EV (one I have seen has a trunk, just limited space) will be on sale by the end of this year. When did the LEAF go on sale again? Right... how many other manufacturers will have an EV available to the masses by the end of this year? I would not say they are behind at all... They had the first Hybrid SUV for a while and the Fusion Hybrid is not in the same class as the Prius. Why do people keep suggesting this?? When was that plugin Camry going to be released? 2 years behind... lol. I think you are thinking of Chrysler...
          Noz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spiffster
          Sounds like unfounded Ford cheer leading...yeah.
        Spiffster
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        @Noz This guy again... well looks like more people agree with me, and you only agree with yourself... why dont you run along and troll somewhere else...
          Noz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spiffster
          I'm glad you live for having points given to you on ABG...an existence worthwhile! I'm sure the only people who agree with you are the same fools that frequent the regular Autoblog and are Ford fanboys...the rest I'm sure know better. Ford wouldn't be in business if it wasn't for suckers like you.
          Noz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spiffster
          Oh oh...here comes the ambulance chaser POLO. Watch out!
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spiffster
          @spiffster. Well Noz is right of course, Ford is only in business because of suckers like you...and me.. ..oh, and millions of others world-wide! that's just Noz trying to compete with DF for Troll of the Year!
      atc98092
      • 3 Years Ago
      But have they moved the battery to restore the fold down seats? That's the primary reason I wouldn't buy one. I like having the versatility of making the trunk huge if necessary.
      Noz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford is using the same tactic used by Audi...keep telling people something that's not true until they either believe it or simply don't pay anymore attention. Either way, this is Ford's way of buying time against their far superior and better quality competition.
        Spiffster
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Noz
        LOL! Total waist of time, but Im bored... Anyway, I owned a Fusion Hybrid for almost 2 years before some ass threw a cigarette into mulch by a parking lot and burned 5 cars completely. Its truly a fantastic car, have you even sat in one? You said there where superior cars available, care to elaborate, or not? "A mere few year ago". its 2011 buddy! The escape hybrid has been around since 2004 and the excursion hasnt been for sale since 2005... Ford has been under new leadership since the days of the Excursion. The company has changed and they are developing some solid products... nobody is forcing you to buy a Ford... Stuck in the past or what?
          Noz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spiffster
          No not stuck in the past....I just realize there are far better options out there....too bad you don't.
        Spiffster
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Noz
        What are you referring to specifically that isnt true? What's superior to the Fusion Hybrid and in what ways? Just random, unfounded hate for Ford?
          Noz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spiffster
          Really? What exactly does the Fusion do that other hybrids don't do and make this car deserve so much more credit? Hmmm?? What....just because it's a Ford? A mere few year ago Ford wouldn't even give a rat's ass about hybrids....they were too busy selling their monstrous pieces of garbage to everyone. So how is it working for Ford PR?
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      I cannot imagine how a sedan of this shape could get the same highway fuel economy as the Toyota Prius.. Either Ford has some secret sauce or they're bluffing super hard. MPGomatic got 44mpg average out of the 2010 car though. Also, the fusion appears to have the best 0-60 time! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GXL_UqUQCY&feature=relmfu All things aside, i am happy to see that at least one of our Domestic car companies is kicking the ass of foreign competition. This is a new concept to me.. :)
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        I won't dispute that. The focus is the best hybrid sedan on the market in my eyes though. Better than the Camry Hybrid. I'd love to see Ford make a prius killer with the tech they have.
        Chris M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        It doesn't, the Prius still leads in fuel economy. That said, it's still impressive, considering the size and performance of the Fusion.
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      So a new drive train on an existing car? Cool, not waiting until the full model changeover! Way to go Ford!
        1guyin10
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        They are talking about the next generation Fusion So it is a full model changeover, albeit one that they are taking maximum advantage of. If they can get that kind of mileage it will be very impressive.
      sirvixisvexed
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is also known that even somewhat skilled drivers can break EPA numbers, so I wonder how they'll do? Will a very gentle driver manage 55 mpg? The more new hybrids and electrics come out every year, the more financial sense they make, especially as they become used.
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