Ford Motor Company has issued another press release for its all-new C-MAX Hybrid with some repeat info to hammer home ways it will beat its Toyota rival, including how its 570-mile range adds to its advantages.
The company again noted it’s officially EPA-certified at 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined, which tops the Toyota Prius v by up to 7 mpg.
Unlike the Toyota, Ford says the C-MAX Hybrid returns the same fuel economy whether driving cross-country or across the city by incorporating many various technologies.
“The all-new C-MAX Hybrid is a great symbol of how Ford has transformed into a fuel-economy and technology leader with 47 mpg across the board and a highway rating 7 mpg better than Toyota Prius v,” said Ford Vice President of Powertrain Engineering Joe Bakaj. “We’ve done this with innovation – represented by nearly 500 hybrid patents – while driving costs down 30 percent so we can bring these fuel-saving vehicles to more customers.”
The C-MAX Hybrid, currently available for order at Ford dealers, is expected to be America’s most affordable hybrid utility vehicle with a base price of $25,995, including destination and delivery.
Ford needed again to pinpoint the $1,300 price difference with the Prius v.
The C-MAX Hybrid will offer a top speed of 62 mph in EV mode and 188 net horsepower. When powered by gasoline, the C-MAX Hybrid uses an all-new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine.
The C-MAX Hybrid also offers class-exclusive technologies such as SmartGauge with EcoGuide along with the available hands-free liftgate and active park assist.
Ford’s latest-generation SmartGauge with EcoGuide is designed to help drivers get the most from the C-MAX Hybrid, providing information such as instantaneous fuel economy to help them more closely monitor how their driving behavior affects the vehicle’s efficiency.
The Brake Coach feature – part of SmartGauge – helps drivers optimize their use of the braking system so that driving range can be enhanced through proper braking techniques. Redesigned imagery of green leaves shows overall driving efficiency – as drivers improve their efficient driving, they are rewarded with more leaves.
The all-new C-MAX Hybrid is part of Ford’s first dedicated line of hybrid vehicles that also includes the 2013 C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid.
Ford’s C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid – coming later this fall – is projected to deliver 550 miles of total range.