New 1.0-litre Ford Focus EcoBoost engine priced
Ford's trick new eco engine has just been detailed and priced. The company's new turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine boasts as much as 125bhp – the same as a normally aspirated 1.6-litre engine.
As well as an impressive power output, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost can achieve up to 58.9mpg and emissions of only 109g/km.
It'll be available in two outputs – the Focus will get it in 125bhp, 56.5mpg and 114g/km spec, while other Fords will have a more reserved 100bhp, 58.9mpg and 109g/km tune.
The Torque figures on offer are pretty impressive, too. It'll manage 125lb ft (147lb ft on overdrive) between 1,400 – 4,500 rpm, which makes it the highest power density of any Ford engine produced.
Low CO2 outputs mean free VED for the first year for each engine, then £20/£30 each subsequent year depending on which power output you've got.
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."
200 engineers based in Dunton and Dagenham put the economical powertrain together. Cleverly, it's so small (there are only three cylinders remember) the cylinder block can fit onto a piece of A4 paper. It's really rather smart for its size - no wonder Alan Mulally, Ford's CEO and all-round nice guy, is giving it a little kiss in the image above.
Want one in a Focus? It'll set you back £13,995 – around £250 more expensive than the 1.6-litre 125bhp engine. It'll roll out to the Ford C-Max, Grand C-Max and B-Max later this year.