The New Ford Focus ECOnetic

New Ford Focus ECOnetic

New Ford Focus ECOnetic

Ford has announced the new Ford Focus ECOnetic, which will debut at the Amsterdam Motor Show.

The new Ford Focus Econetic will go on sale early next 2012 in the UK, featuring a host of technologies expected to make it the most efficient compact vehicle on the road throughout Europe, including diesel, petrol and hybrid powered vehicles.

The Ford Focus ECOnetic is expected to achieve 80mpg alongside ultra low CO2 emissions of less than 95g/km when certification is completed later this year.

The vehicle is powered by a new105PS version of the 1.6 litre Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel, optimised for enhanced fuel efficiency, with a new injection system and turbocharger, enhanced charge cooling and further friction reduction measures.

Other new, or completely revised, features to enhance fuel efficiency include:

  • New variable geometry turbocharger design
  • Reduced engine friction from low-friction piston ring coatings and variable flow oil pump
  • Additional reduction in engine losses from low inertia vacuum pump and asymmetric crank sprocket design
  • Updated emissions system combining a diesel NOx-reducing catalyst with a coated Diesel Particulate Filter system

The 1.6-litre ECOnetic diesel is paired with Ford's six-speed Durashift manual transmission. This transmission is a totally new high-efficiency design which has been optimised to eliminate frictional losses, and utilises special low friction transmission oil.

A standard feature will be the new Active Grille Shutter, which can improve aerodynamics by automatically closing the front grille vents when engine cooling is not required.

The Ford Focus ECOnetic will be available in both five door and estate bodystyles and will be produced for the UK market the manufacturing plant in Saarlouis, Germany. Market introduction is scheduled to be in early 2012.

Published 6 April 2011 Staff

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