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Europe will be offered the Focus with a revised version of Ford’s 1.0-liter turbo engine.
Ford has announced a new ultra-efficient version of the Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost that will be the first gasoline-powered family car in Europe to offer 99g/km CO2 emissions.
Ford said the Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost has returned 67.5mpg in tests thanks to its specially calibrated 100PS version of Ford’s engine.
The new Ford Focus will feature Ford ECOnetic Technology including ultra-low rolling resistance tires, unique aerodynamics under the car and revised gearing to help deliver the company’s most fuel-efficient ever gasoline-powered family car.
“Just a couple of years ago few would have thought that a medium-sized gasoline car could break the 100g/km CO2 barrier,” said Barb Samardzich, European Product Development vice president. “Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine has a habit of taking expectations of what a gasoline engine can deliver and turning them upside down.”
According to Ford, the International Engine of the Year in 2013 and 2012 makes the new model more powerful than a first generation Ford Focus with a 1.6-liter engine from less than 10 years ago, while producing 47 per cent less CO2.
The new model will extend to three the number of Focus models offered with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, alongside the standard 100PS version, with 109g/km CO2 emissions, and the 125PS with 114g/km CO2.
Introduced to the Fiesta, B-MAX, C-MAX and seven-seat Grand C-MAX last year, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine will also be extended to the EcoSport SUV, Transit Connect and Transit Courier commercial vehicles; Tourneo Connect people mover; and later the all-new Mondeo.
Ford’s 1.0-litet EcoBoost engine uses a low inertia turbocharger, split cooling system and direct fuel injection to deliver high levels of performance from the three-cylinder engine block.
The new Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost 99 g/km will also use a range of fuel-efficient Ford ECOnetic Technologies including Auto-Start-Stop, Smart Regenerative Charging, Active Grille Shutter and Ford EcoMode to support a more economical and environmentally friendly driving style.
Ford is also currently launching the zero emissions Focus Electric, and also offers the diesel Focus ECOnetic that delivers 88g CO2 emissions.
“With the Focus 1.0-litrr EcoBoost, Focus Electric and Focus ECOnetic, Ford offers customers an unrivalled power of choice of fuel-efficient family cars,” said Sherif Marakby, medium car vehicle line director, Ford of Europe.
While North Americans tend to shy away from small engines, many on this side of the Atlantic will wonder why this version of the Focus is not coming here, considering its competition does offer fuel-saving models.