Ford has announced prices for new ultra-efficient three-cylinder petrol engined Focus EcoBoost, which will be available from next month. The entry-level Focus Edge will be priced at £16,245, a £250 premium over the 104bhp 1.6 model, while the 118hp 5dr will be £500 more.
The turbocharged 1.0-litre engine will be offered in two power levels, and both will qualify for zero vehicle excise duty in the first year. The most potent will offer 123hp, delivering a claimed 56.5mpg on the combined cycle while producing only 114g/km of Co2.
Equipped with the 99bhp Ecoboost engine, the Ford Focus returns an average of 58.9mpg and Co2 emissions of 109g/km, best in class for a petrol engine.
Although the all-new 1.0 litre EcoBoost’s cylinder block can fit onto a sheet of A4 paper, it has the highest power density of any Ford production engine to date, with 125lb ft of peak torque (147lb ft on overboost) between 1,400 and 4,500rpm.
Mark Ovenden, Ford of Britain managing director, said: “Gone are the days when the number of cylinders dictates performance. This highly efficient, technically advanced powertrain is not only great fun to drive, but it delivers fuel economy improvements and ultra-low CO2 emissions which lead to real world cost savings for our customers.”