Ford announced on Thursday that its new C-MAX Hybrid is projected to achieve a fuel economy of 47 mpg (5.0lt/100km) in city driving and 44mpg (5.3lt/100km) on the highway, and as has been the case ever since we learned about the hybridized minivan, Ford is comparing it to the Toyota Prius V.
The Blue Oval notes that the C-MAX Hybrid beats the Japanese model's 44 mpg city and 40 mpg highway ratings while offering a higher total system output of 188hp versus the Prius V's 134hp and all this at a $1,300-lower base price of $25,995 (including destination and delivery).
Ford's previous press release mentioned a $555 difference between the base versions of the two minivans but from what we understand, the company has now included the destination and handling fee in the price of the C-MAX Hybrid raising the difference to over $1,300.
"The C-MAX Hybrid builds on Ford’s 20 years of hybrid innovation and fuel-efficient offerings to take on Prius v with better city fuel economy at 47 mpg and at better value – a great chance for us to shake up the hybrid market," says Raj Nair, Ford vice president, Global Product Development.
"C-MAX Hybrid delivers 3 mpg more than Prius v with 50 more horsepower and exclusive technologies such as our hands-free liftgate – and the $1,300-lower base price means the payback period will be the smallest in the segment," he added.
The C-MAX Hybrid will go on sale in the States later this year and will be followed by a plug-in hybrid variant.