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Can the Ford Focus capture the hearts and minds of hatchback buyers?
My 3 pin socket can wait.
If its this impressive in a Focus, imagine how good it would be in a Fiesta.
On another note, I've driven a few 3 cylinder cars, and they have far more character than fours. I am therefore wondering if 3 could be the new 6...?
I imagine it does sound decent, triples often do. I am amazed at the length of the gearing, no doubt it helps with the economy. Just such a shame its in the Focus. I dont doubt its a decent car overall, but it looks so dull.
LP in Brighton
This sounds like a great engine as I suspected it would be. Now all that's required is to make sure that production examples are as good as the ones loaned out to the press - and shed a bit of size and weight of the car they put it in.
I'd say these downsized turbo engines will be a bundle of trouble in years to come.
I was hoping to see a picture of the engine or a shot under the bonnet. Must look lost in that size car. I'm guessing it's smothered in plastic though like most engine's nowadays.
and real life fuel consumption, somewhere between 30 and 60 mpg.....
What a brilliant engine, for such a small displacement it has a rather wide range of ability the BHP and torque are nothing to sniff at especially for a 3 cylinder 1.0L, i really like it doubt it will see the light of day in my part of the world some how.
This engine in the fiesta would be incredible!
This seems like a winner all round but like all turbo engines lets see how the economy figures are after a proper long distance drive.
A 1.0 engine in a Focus should be terrible. Judging by this review, it is actually very good. It's not that slow, and seems quite economical, although I'm not sure the figures would be hugely achievable. I'm not too keen on Zetec trim on the Focus, but the engine seems alright. As someone else said, it would be great in the Fiesta. Better still in the Ka. A new SportKa would be great for rivalling the Up GT. This one-litre turbo should make a new Sportka quicker than the Up GT, as well as more economical and cheaper.
Come on Ford! Give us a new SportKa...