Originally Posted by Haggar
That is pie in the sky.
I'd think realistic, 18 city, 27 hwy. Represents around a 30% improvement over gas. The targets I've seen are 40% improvement. I don't see that, but I think 30% can be done. But 40% would be cool
For me, I'd guess I'd get 13mpg in a gasser and ~18mpg in a diesel.
Assuming say, a $3000 option price, I'd make that difference up in about 4 years, with my level of miles (12k per year), with the present fuel prices.
I drive city stop and go, where a diesel really does well. My Fusion gets only 17mpg on my drive to work.
It's not pie in the sky. I realize you probably know more on the supplied components, but I can assure you that target is more than feasible. That WAS the target for the gas engine powertrain for 09.
I'm sorry, but I cannot divulge anything further than that on the mileage figures issue. This is more than just a competitive area for the market.