The upcoming 2011 Ford Focus will get a tiny 1.2-liter EcoBoost engine, but not until several years into its production and probably not in North America. According to a report by Motor Trend, two new EcoBoost engines are planned by Ford, with the other being a 0.9-liter 3-cylinder engine which will make its way into the Fiesta.
The 1.2-liter motor, while most likely too small for the U.S., certainly wouldn’t disappoint, however, with an output of roughly 135-hp and 135 ft-lbs of torque. And with Chevy recently unveiling a new turbocharged 1.4-liter engine for the Cruze, if a 1.4-liter is possible, why not a 1.2?
As EcoBoost engines, both would be turbocharged and feature direct-injection.
For is putting a lot of focus on EcoBoost engines, as the downsizing effect naturally reduces the weight of the car – which means less horsepower is necessary to achieve the same acceleration. In addition, they reduce fuel consumption and emissions while the lower weight makes for a better handling car.
The new EcoBoost engines are expected in Europe during a mid-cycle refresh of the new Focus and Fiesta lines, replacing the current 1.6 and 1.8-liter motors.
In North America, Ford will soon deliver a 2.0-liter EcoBoost motor, capable of making 200-hp and 221 ft-lbs of torque. It is expected to replace many of the V6 offerings in vehicles like the Fusion and Escape. In addition, a new 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine with around 180-hp and 180 ft-lbs will arrive later this year in the new Focus-based C-Max MPV.
[Source: Motor Trend]