Ford has released more details about the upcoming 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid models. Both the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi use the Ford’s next-generation powersplit hybrid technology in combination with a lighter, smaller lithium-ion battery system. Both models pair the high-voltage lithium-ion battery and electric traction motor with a 2.0L Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine. According to Ford the new system allows the gasoline engine to run less.
Ford claims that the C-MAX Hybrid will deliver better fuel economy than the Toyota Prius V. The C-MAX Energi is expected to deliver better MPGe in electric mode than the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid and will have a driving range more than 500 miles using the battery and engine.
“C-MAX is the right car for the time as it combines the dynamics and quality of a traditional car with the versatility of a MAV and leading fuel efficiency that you cannot even get from Toyota,” said Sherif Marakby, director of Ford’s Electrification Programs and Engineering.