New Ford Focus to get 80mpg engine

The environmentally friendly Ford Focus ECOnetic will arrive in the UK in 2012 and, according to Ford, it will outperform every other car in its class based on eco credentials.

Boasting a 1.6-litre Duratorq diesel engine, the Focus is capable of small-car fuel economy thanks to a raft of energy-saving systems put in place.

These include ultra-low rolling resistance tyres to improve aerodynamics and redesigned covers to replace the standard alloy wheels.

Start-Stop technology turns the engine off when the car is stationary to save fuel and drivers will be offered the option of ‘Eco Mode’ and a Shift Indicator Light to help them achieve higher fuel economy.

The Ford Focus ECOnetic is being planned for five-door and estate versions of the new best-seller from the Blue Oval, and improves on CO2 emissions of 109g/km from the best performing model in the current range.

"The Focus ECOnetic is a testament to our company’s relentless drive for technological innovation and commitment to environmental leadership,” says Gunnar Herrmann, Ford’s global medium car line director. “It’s also going to be a great car to drive.”

The low CO2 emissions of just 95g/km from the ECOnetic version signifies one of the lowest running costs found in the Ford range, and is enough to qualify for zero road tax in the UK and exemption from the congestion charge for London drivers.

Customers will have to wait a year before the new Ford Focus ECOnetic is launched in the UK and a price list is expected closer to the 2012 release date.

However, the new Ford Focus, available with a diesel and petrol engine line up, is currently on sale in the UK after a March launch.

The hatchback and estate variations are on sale from Ford dealers starting from £17,000.