Prices for the Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost have been announced

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.”

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30 January 2012

Ford will have to educate people that a 1.0 engine is not the pokey little buzzbox they are used to associating with such an engine size.

30 January 2012

I am looking forward to seeing a road test on this engine and how well it works in the Focus installation.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

30 January 2012

[quote thebaldgit]

Ford will have to educate people that a 1.0 engine is not the pokey little buzzbox they are used to associating with such an engine size.

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+1 They need to stop talking number of cylinders and capacity and instead think in relative terms (aka Volvo with D2, D3, D4 & D5, etc) or market the units on the basis of HP or torque instead.

In any case, I'm really excited about this. If I was looking to buy a new car in this class, I'd have one of these like a shot, once the real world reports on economy come back, of course..

30 January 2012

Oh how i'd love to see a Focus badged 1.0 Popular Plus, with black plastic bumpers and white wheel trims :)

30 January 2012

[quote PRODIGY]

Oh how i'd love to see a Focus badged 1.0 Popular Plus, with black plastic bumpers and white wheel trims :)

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Me too!

But seriously, I reckon, in real-world driving conditions, this new turbo'd one-litre engine will achieve very similar fuel consumption figures to the outgoing 1.6, and I don't think it will be worth the extra money. This is the kind of engine that makes a load of sense if you go by what the EU say, but the fact of the matter is that small, turbocharged petrol engines like this don't really deliver what they promise in terms of being frugal.

Still, it would be great to see this engine in the Fiesta, and maybe even the Ka, to create a new generation of SportKa.

30 January 2012

Why not go the whole hog and have a Focus Popular with no passenger door mirror, no centre console, not even front head rests...

My god, I still can't believe I put up with an 80s Fiesta Popular back in the day. Even the heated rear screen was an optional extra I was "lucky" to get on mine...

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30 January 2012

[quote Fidji]a new generation of SportKa[/quote]

If the next generation looked anything like the 'Start' concept then yes, but the current Ka wouldn't really look right as a hot hatch in my opinion.

30 January 2012

Still a bit surprised that Ford are nit introducing this in the Fiesta where we could get used to the idea of a 1 litre car rather than in a car where we automatically think of 1,600 and 2 litre engines.

30 January 2012

[quote PRODIGY]

[quote Fidji]a new generation of SportKa[/quote]

If the next generation looked anything like the 'Start' concept then yes, but the current Ka wouldn't really look right as a hot hatch in my opinion.

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True. I think the new Ka looks very tidy but it doesn't have the magic of the old one. For replacing such a loveable, unique and iconic car, I hate the new Ka, but perhaps putting this turbocharged 1.0 engine in it to make a hot version might win me over. And it could provide itself as a rival to the upcoming Up GT (also with a turbo'd 1.0). It might be a bit cheaper, although I think my money would go on the Up GT instead.

30 January 2012

[quote Autocar] 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.[/quote] Er, I thought the Focus only came in 5-door these days? This sounds like the 5 door version of the edge is 500 quid more....

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