Photo Gallery | First Coast Gears: 2013 Ford Fusion Just Might Make the Plug-in Hybrid a Mainstream Choice | SLIDESHOW

Ford is proudly showing off its next-generation Fusion, touting it not only will have a hybrid version, but also a plug-in version that is expected to top the Chevrolet Volt's mileage.

 
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“Our vision for Fusion was clear – deliver the very best of what One Ford stands for,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president of Global Product Development. “We brought our global teams together around a blank slate with the charge to develop a midsize car with groundbreaking design and jaw-dropping fuel economy – one that featured technologies to help make our customers safer and better drivers. This car is the result.”
 
Final EPA ratings aren't available yet but Ford is shooting for its Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid to be the most fuel-efficient midsize car in the world.  Ford expects it will be rated at more than 100 MPGe.  The "e" is the mile per gallon equivalency metric for electrified vehicles. 
 
If' Ford's predictions are verified, that would be 8 MPGe more than the Volt, which is the current champ.
 
Non-hybrids will also cut down on trips to the gas station. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine is projected to get 26 city and 37 mpg on the highway. More proof that the future has arrived: no V6 will be offered.
 
The 2013 Fusion is also packed with tech, including a system of cameras designed to keep drivers from wondering out of their lane, adaptive cruise control and parking assist sensors.
 
Inside, voice control will guide many functions of Ford's SYNC communications and entertainment system. 
 
The styling is elegant, modern and upscale.  Let's hope Ford decides to put this one on display at next month's Jacksonville International Car and Truck Show.
 
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