Ford readies EcoBoost engine for Focus

The Ford Focus will be offered with the new 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine from next month and will deliver better emissions and therefore better savings for customers.

The engine is new to the Ford range and will also debut on the Ford C-Max and the forthcoming new Ford B-Max.

It will also give models like the Vauxhall Astra and Kia Rio a run for their money in terms of eco-engines by delivering the power of a 1.6-litre petrol with significantly lower running costs.

The new 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost comes with two different power levels. The five door Focus offers 123hp and emits just 114g/km (56.5mpg) of CO2 emissions. The second power level is a more economical option delivering 99hp and emitting just 109g/km (58.9mpg).

The 1.0-litre EcoBoost is set to give the 1.6-litre petrol stiff competition with more torque (170Nm), better emissions and equal power.

Ultimately the new EcoBoost engine will save customers money. In fact, both the 99hp and 123hp derivatives both qualify for zero vehicle excise duty in the first year. In terms of business qualities the EcoBoost qualifies for a low benefit-in-kind rate of only 13 per cent in 2012/2013.

Mark Ovenden, Ford 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.”

This new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine will later be available on the Ford C-max, Grand C-max and all-new Ford B-max later this year. Prices for the new Ford Focus starts from £13,995 on the road.

Ford vehicles are available from Perry’s Aylesbury and High Wycombe dealerships.