Regular readers of the Gazette Motoring pages will know that Ford’s award-winning EcoBoost range of engines is a continuous source of fascination.
So news that the company has announced a new version of the Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost that will be the first petrol-powered family car in Europe to offer 99 g/km CO2 emissions certainly grabbed our attention.
The Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost will achieve 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 ultra-low rolling resistance tyres, unique aerodynamics under the car, and revised gearing to help deliver the company’s most fuel-efficient ever petrol-powered family car when it goes on sale early next year.
“Even just a couple of years ago, few people would have thought it possible that a medium-sized petrol car could break the 100 g/km CO2 barrier,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president product development, Ford of Europe. “The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has a habit of taking expectations of what a petrol engine can deliver and turning them upside down.”
Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine – named International Engine of the Year 2013 and 2012 – enables the new model to be more powerful than a first generation Ford Focus with a 1.6-litre engine from less than 10 years ago while producing 47% less CO2.
Due to its low emissions, the new Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost will be exempt from vehicle eexcise duty exemption 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 that will be produced in Saarlouis, Germany, 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.
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 three-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.
“With the Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost, Focus Electric and Focus ECOnetic, Ford offers customers an unrivalled power of choice of fuel-efficient family cars,” said Sherif Marakby, vehicle line director, Ford of Europe.