Ford preparing the 1.0-liter Ecoboost three-cylinder for the Euro-spec Focus

Article by Christian A., on September 19, 2011

Ford’s new 1.0-liter Ecoboost three-cylinder is much smaller than the typical engines offered in the U.S. That’s because European vehicles have used smaller motors even before the trend of downsizing has become so popular.

The smallest member of the Ecoboost family will debut in the 2012 European Focus. It is turbocharged and direct-injected but it doesn’t have a balance shaft since the flywheel and front pulley were designed to be precisely out of balance to counter vibrations.

Ford claims that this is a first for a production engine. Ford said that the new engine can deliver the power of a 1.6-liter four pot, more particularly, 118hp and 125 lb-ft of torque from only 1,300 rpm. A torque of 147 lb-ft is available for short bursts due to an overboost feature.

A non-turbo variant could generate 98hp. In a statement, Ford said that the engine will be featured first the European Focus and will be offered in the C-MAX and B-MAX next, accordinf to LeftLaneNews.

Ford added that the engine will be offered soon in China and in North America too. Ford has yet to reveal the expected fuel economy gains. Hoare said that the 1.0-litre EcoBoost is “one of the most advanced engines” that Ford has ever made as it utilizes numerous innovative techniques and technologies. He said that this engine demonstrates this principle in Ford’s EcoBoost technology to enhance fuel economy without affecting performance.

The latest generation of the Ford Focus was developed in Europe and is being sold in more than 120 global markets. To boost efficiency, these new Focus models for each market share around 80 percent of their parts. This was made possible by the fact that the next-generation Focus is underpinned by Ford’s new global C-segment platform, which is bound to at least ten new global vehicles and account for two million units of yearly production by 2012.

Kuzak remarked that the unveiling of the three core Focus body styles in Paris, France, marks a new milestone for Ford’s global C-car strategy. He quipped that Ford will commence production of the new Focus simultaneously at its assembly sites in Saarlouis, Germany, and Michigan, United States, in the next few months. Kuzak also disclosed that Ford is not planning to expand the three-model next-generation Focus range with a three-door or a Coupé-Cabriolet.

He explained that with Ford’s decision to adopt a coupé-like design for the five-door hatchback, it would be unviable to create a three-door version. However, Kuzak said, the three-model Focus range already offers an ideal blend of athletic and dynamic appearance with every-day practicality.

Kuzak said that for customers seeking a C-car with the same dynamic look but with extra space, the stylish new C-MAX would be a perfect proposition. Ford also unveiled at Paris its new Ford Focus ST performance model, which would be launched in 2012. This new Ford Focus ST will be powered by a 250 PS Ford EcoBoost engine. For now, Ford’s assembly facilities in Saarlouis and Michigan are getting ready for simultaneous production by the end of 2010.

Ford’s Saarlouis site will build all three Ford Focus body styles while the Michigan facility will only produce the 4-door and 5-door derivatives. By mid-2011, Ford’s assembly plant in St. Petersburg, Russia will commence production of the new 4-door and 5-door models. By early 2012, Ford’s manufacturing site in Chongqing, China, will also begin building the new Focus.

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