Ford’s turbocharged, direct injection 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine goes on sale across the Ford Focus range in the UK next month, offering up to 58.9 mpg and CO 2 emissions as low as 109 g/km .
The EcoBoost engine delivers performance to rival a traditional 1.6-litre engine with significantly improved fuel efficiency and class-leading ultra-low CO 2 emissions.
The 1.0-litre, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine is available with two power levels – in the five-door Focus at 125 PS it delivers a combined fuel economy of 56.5 mpg and low petrol CO 2 emissions of 114 g/km, while the 100 PS version delivers a combined fuel economy of 58.9 mpg and best-in-class petrol CO 2 emissions of 109 g/km.
The 1.0-litre EcoBoost unit delivers up to 125 PS and 170 Nm peak torque (200 Nm with overboost) between 1,400 and 4,500rpm, giving it the highest power density of any Ford production engine to date.
Graham Hoare, European executive powertrain director based at Dunton, said: “This is the third addition to our EcoBoost engine family. Joining the 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre EcoBoost engines which span 150 PS to 240 PS, this 1.0-litre EcoBoost signals a new era of downsized, super frugal engines for the sub-130 PS segment. During development our UK engineers focused on improving thermal efficiency and reducing friction of the engine’s internal moving parts, especially during warm-up.”
The 100 PS and 125 PS version will both qualify for zero vehicle excise duty in the first year and then £20 (100 PS) and £30 (125 PS) per annum thereafter. Compared with the current 1.6-litre 105 PS and 125 PS engines, this represents savings of £115 in year one and £95 and £85 respectively in subsequent years.
Company car drivers will see benefit-in-kind rates of only 13 per cent in 2012/2013 equating to savings on a Focus Zetec of up to £32 per month at the 40 per cent tax level versus the current 1.6-litre 105 and 125 PS engines.
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 CO 2 emissions which lead to real world cost savings for our customers.”
The new Ford Focus range is priced from £13,995. This engine is priced £250 above the 1.6-litre 125 PS engine and will subsequently feature in Ford C-MAX, Grand C-MAX and all-new Ford B-MAX later this year.
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