Ford has announced that an estate version of its Mondeo Hybrid will launch next year.

Ford released its Mondeo Hybrid in 2015 in saloon form as a more efficient and company car tax-friendly alternative to petrol and diesel models.

While most new Mondeos registered are still predominantly diesel, the hybrid is likely to grow in popularity in the coming years.

Roelant de Waard, vice president of marketing for Ford Europe, said: “For many customers the practicality offered by a estate body style is an absolute must, so we’re excited to announce that from next year those drivers will also be able to reduce their fuel bills using the sophisticated petrol-electric powertrain of our new Mondeo hybrid estate.”

While Ford has perhaps been lagging behind other mainstream rivals when it comes to electrified powertrains, the firm is gearing up to launch an electric and plug-in model offensive in the next few years. The American manufacturer is investing $11bn (£8.5bn) into electric offerings, with plans to have 16 fully electric vehicles on sale by 2022, alongside a total 40 electrified vehicles.

Powering the Mondeo Hybrid is a 2.0-litre petrol engine alongside a 1.4kW lithium-ion battery, which produces a combined 184bhp. It’s paired to an automatic gearbox, with regenerative braking featuring, too.

In its current guise, the Mondeo Hybrid can accelerate from 0-60mph in 9.2 seconds and onto a top speed of 116mph. It can return up to 64.2mpg, with CO2 emissions of 101g/km.

Full UK prices and specs will be announced nearer the car’s launch in spring 2019.

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