2012 Ford Focus lineup gets the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine this February

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 31, 2012

Ford's ultra-efficient, high tech, direct injection, turbocharged 1-liter EcoBoost engine will go on sale in the United Kingdom next month throughout the Ford Focus range.  This industry-first EcoBoost engine brings top performance to compete with a conventional 1.6-liter engine with considerably enhanced fuel efficiency as well as class-leading ultra-low carbon dioxide emissions.

This three-cylinder EcoBoost engine comes in two power levels. In the five-door Focus at 125PS, it provides a combined fuel economy of 56.5mpg and low petrol CO2 emissions of 114g/km. This is a level unrivalled by Focus competitors with similar power outputs. Meanwhile, the 100PS variant provides outright best-in-class petrol CO2 emissions of 109g/km as well as a combined fuel economy of 58.9mpg.

About 200 engineers in the UK based at Dagenham and Dunton were able to successfully build a powertrain which does not only provide fuel economy but also delivers the spirited and refined driving performance that customers expect from Ford.

Although the 1-liter EcoBoost cylinder block is so small that it can fit onto an A4 paper, it provides a maximum of 125PS and 170Nm peak torque (200Nm with overboost) from 1,400 to 4,500rpm, delivering the highest power density of any Ford production engine ever.

The price of the new Ford Focus lineup will start at £13,995 on the road. The recent price list is effective February 22.  The engine is priced £250 (on the road) above the 1.6-liter 125PS engine. It will be featured later this year in the Grand C-MAX, Ford C-MAX and all-new Ford B-MAX.

New Focus was developed in Europe but is available in more than 120 markets around the world with 80 percent of the parts common to all markets. The new Ford Focus is the model to beat for the American carmaker’s C-segment platform. The new global platform will be the basis of more than 10 vehicles that will see two million units in production yearly by 2012.

Kuzak says that the launch of a trio of Ford Focus body styles in Paris is a key achievement for the company’s worldwide C-car strategy. He adds that in a few months’ time, Focus will start production in the company’s Michigan and Saarlouis assembly plants signalling the start of more than 10 new derivatives using the same global platform.

In the Paris launch, the carmaker also confirmed that the three-model Ford Focus will no longer use the three-door or Coupe-Cabriolet styles. Kuzak explains that the new coupe-like and sleek design of the five-door hatchback Ford Focus does not lend itself well for a three-door model. Instead, the new Focus range would give customers the right mix of dynamic and sporty looks and daily pragmatism. If the buyer wants the same look but would appreciate extra roominess, the Ford Focus has the new C-Max.

The carmaker has also added a performance-oriented Focus model for the new line-up as they had promised. This new model, the Ford Focus ST model is being previewed at the Paris Show and it has a 250 PS Ford EcoBoost powerplant that will give drivers the experience that will be worthy of its outstanding appearance.

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