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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 updated 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 revised powertrain, which will most likely feature 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. If true, that would be a healthy increase over the 2011 Fusion Hybrid's 41 mpg city rating, which is already class leading. 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.

The next-gen Ford Fusion Hybrid should be launched in early 2012, with the debut of the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid likely pushed back a bit further.


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      Swifty
      • 3 Years Ago
      The '11 Fusion Hybrid I use for work easily gets 50+mpg in the city. The best I have gotten out of it was 67mpg, but that was under the most ideal conditions for it. (No A/C or heat, low speed, few starts-stops). On the highway it'll avg about 37-39mpg.
        graphikzking
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Swifty
        My wife's Prius we have gotten 75 mpg for extended periods of time as well. Ideal conditions the Ford Mustang was able to get more MPG than either of us out of our cars. I would LOVE to see ford get 48mpg city on this one. If they could then drop than into a Focus 5door and get my my 51mpg I'd be a buyer. I don't have a use for a car this big but if I did I would happily drive a Fusion.
      plarson79
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Fusion/MKZ Hybrids get 41 mpg CITY, not highway!! Geez!!
      nardvark
      • 3 Years Ago
      Regardless of the fact that they probably got the city/highway numbers confused, 48 city is still quite good. If it retains it "this still drives like a real car" characteristic, I might actually consider one for my wife.
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's pretty awesome. Almost as good fuel economy as a prius but in a midsize sedan! This will definitely be my next vehicle...
      Danny Eckel
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope they don't mess up the new styling. The new sonata is heinous and chintzy looking. The fusion is nothing special but it's sleek and handsome.
        nardvark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Danny Eckel
        I agree with you (I think the front of the Hyundai is a big hot mess) but we must be in the minority, because the Sonata is selling like crazy.
          jan.mckinney
          • 2 Years Ago
          @nardvark
          I think the Sonata is a much better looking car than the Fusion.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      48mpg city on 87 octane makes a mockery of diesels.
        nardvark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        To be fair, i think diesels still win on the highway. The better tech for your depends on where you do most of your driving.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
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      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Impressive...what helps the Fusion Hybrid is it drives very much like a normal, yet sport midsize sedan...All the others I've tested just leave you with a numb, cold feeling over the drive.
        MechE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        Drives like a sport midsize sedan? Interesting. I think it looks great, has great space and gets good mileage, but acceleration is pretty bad (the cvt motorboating doesnt help) and handling isnt anything to write home about.
      Pete K
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah AutoBlog...WTF? Did you fire all the writers and replace them with mindless interns?
      ijardine
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford recently gave some details of the improved hybrid tech going into some of their other cars, so it's safe to presume the new Fusion gets the same upgrades. Amongst other things this should mean much more powerful batterie,s based on Lithium(raher than NH) which will give a higher range for electric only driving and increased speed for electric only. From this we can see a MAJOR increase in City mpg from the existing 41mpg. Already the uFsion goes 0-60 in 8 1/2 seconds so with more powerful hybrid and lower weight for batteries (down 25%) we might see 0-60 in the 7 second range. Conclusion the new Fusion looks far more capable in the real world than the Prius and it's a full size car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ijardine
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      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd like AB to verify if that is HIGHWAY or (the more likely) CITY mileage rating because Hybrids tend to be very good at city driving and not quite as much on the highway. Also, while I think its always good to see these companies FINALLY competing with each other in terms of mileage numbers, I wonder how much these improvements are just gaming the system and how much of these improvements translate to the all-important real-world mileage numbers. For instance, some of these johnny-come-lately carmakers that are touting their fuel economy numbers (:cough: Detroit :cough:) tend to not return nearly as high numbers in real testing versus companies like Toyota and Honda - even with these Japanese carmakers might have "officially" lower EPA numbers.
        nardvark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        I don't know where you see this huge discrepancy between brands for real world vs EPA tests. I've owned vehicles from Honda, Toyota, Chrysler, Ford, Mazda, Acura, and Subaru, and they've all returned pretty close to their EPA test result (within 1-2 mpg, and weather has more of an affect than anything else).
          nardvark
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nardvark
          Effect, not affect. Sigh.
          Hazdaz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @nardvark
          So you've owned a 1/2-dozen or so cars and all because of that experience with SIX cars you are going to claim that they ALL come close to the EPA numbers? When will people realize that anecdotal evidence doesn't mean squat? And I am not trying to bust on you, but lets be honest here, your experience with 1 (maybe 2) models from 6 or 7 car makers does not a survey make. I am basing my opinion on years and years of looking at what real-world testing by car mags and websites have gotten out of their cars, and more often than not, the Honda or Toyota that was being tested got better than their rated EPA number, while the Detroit car would usually get less - many times, much less. I am not even particularly a fan of Hondas or Toyotas (at least no the new ones), but I'll give them props for making consistently efficient cars even before it was "cool" (for lack of a better word).
        axiomatik
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        My father-in-law is averaging about 38 mpg in his Fusion Hybrid, just about right on the money for the EPA combined mileage. Have you forgotten the debacle when Toyota and Honda released their first generation hybrids? The EPA estimates were off by 20-25%. A lot of customers were mad when they found that their real-world mileage was nowhere near what the window sticker said. The window sticker on the first-gen Prius said 52mpg city, but reality was more like ~40mpg. The EPA has since corrected the mileage figure down to 42mpg city. The original Insight had a window sticker showing a combined mileage of 64mpg. It has since been revised down to 53mpg.
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wouldn't the city MPG be better than 41? I was told that the gas motor doesn't become active until the car reaches 40mph. Most of the main roads in my city are limited to 40mph. This car would be perfect for me to have if that is true. I would keep the car under 40 and ride all day using no gas.
        nardvark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        The gas engine would eventually kick on. Hybrids still ultimately derive all of their energy from gasoline. If you tried to drive only in electric mode, you would deplete the battery and the gas engine would turn on to recharge it.
        bobvicki
        • 3 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        This is not a plug-in hybrid. The gas motor is still the only source of power. You can ride a few miles at low speed on the batteries, then the engine must start to recharge them.
      jzenga
      • 3 Years Ago
      When will the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid that gets up to 48 mph be available at DEALER level? Thanks
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