Ford are driving the market again. They have just announced a high kicking new version of the Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost.
This unit will be the first petrol-powered family car in Europe to offer 99 g/km CO2 emissions. The Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost comes with the promise of class-leading fuel efficiency of 4.3 l/100 km (67.5 mpg).
Equipped with a specially calibrated 100 PS version of Ford’s award-winning engine, the new Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost also will feature Ford ECOnetic technology, including ultralow rolling resistance tyres and unique aerodynamics under the car and revised gearing.
All will combine to deliver the company’s most fuel-efficient ever petrol-powered family car when it goes on sale early next year.
The Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine was judged International Engine of the Year in 2013 and 2012. The new model is more powerful than a first generation Focus with a 1.6-litre engine from less than 10 years ago while producing 47% less CO2.
Because of its low emissions the new Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost will be exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty in the UK and French buyers will qualify for a €200 discount from the new car registration tax.
In Ireland, the car will be placed in motor tax band A2 (80 to 100 g/km) which attracts a rate of €180 for annual road tax.
The new model will be produced in Saarlouis, Germany. It will extend to three the number of Focus models offered with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, alongside the standard 100 PS version that offers 109 g/km CO2 emissions and the 125 PS version that offers 114 g/km CO2.
Low ineretia turbocharger
Introduced to the Fiesta, B-MAX, C-MAX and seven-seat Grand C-MAX last year, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine will be extended to the EcoSport SUV, Transit Connect and Transit Courier commercial vehicles; Tourneo Connect and Tourneo Courier people movers and later the all-new Mondeo.
Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine uses a low inertia turbocharger, split cooling system and direct fuel injection to deliver surprising levels of performance from the 3-cylinder engine block.
The new Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost 99 g/km will also use a range of fuel-efficient Ford ECOnetic Technology features including Auto-Start-Stop, Smart Regenerative Charging, Active Grille Shutter and Ford EcoMode that supports a more economical and environmentally friendly driving style.
Ford recently launched the zero emissions Focus Electric, and also offers the diesel Focus ECOnetic that delivers 3.4 l/100 km (83 mpg) and 88 g/km CO2 emissions.
Prices will be announced later.