For the 2015 Focus, Ford will be introducing a new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine option. The new engine option promises to deliver incredible fuel mileage while still providing a fun-to-drive dynamic. The award-winning powerplant makes use of not only turbocharging, but also direct injection, variable valve timing and some special ECU programming to achieve significantly improved fuel mileage over any other version of the Ford Focus. Official fuel economy estimates have not been released yet, but it is anticipated to surpass the 2.0-liter GDI inline-four engine’s 40 mpg on the highway.
“The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is proof that excellent fuel economy and performance can come in one package,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, global product development. “Focus is already known for bringing together efficiency and fun, and our latest addition will bring consumers a whole new level of enjoyment – on the road and at the pump.”
The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is already available on the Ford Fiesta and has proven popular on the subcompact model. In Europe, the engine is used on five different vehicle lines, with 32 percent of Focus unit sales being outfitted with the small powerplant. Demand for the 1.0-liter engine is so strong in Europe, Ford has been forced to increase production to double the previous volume, just to keep up with the demand. The engine production facility in Cologne, Germany currently produces over 1,000 1.0-liter EcoBoost engines each day.
The 2015 Ford Focus also debuts a new look. Considering that the Focus is the best-selling vehicle nameplate in the world, the automaker has a lot riding on the success of the redesign of the Focus.