A Closer Look at the 2015 Ford Focus’s Newest Engine Option

By Admin | Posted in Ford Focus on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Ford’s 1.0-Liter 3-Cylinder EcoBoost Engine

Ford has announced that the 2015 Ford Focus release date will be arriving sometime in the second quarter of the year, and as we stated in our latest blog post, the sedan will be receiving Ford’s 1.0-liter 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine. We told you about some of the engine’s capabilities, but we thought it would be helpful to take a more in-depth look at what the powerful and efficient 3-cylinder will be capable of.

If you know anything about the Ford Fiesta, you may know that the 1.0-liter engine is already offered under the hood of the supermini car, and it has been offered in the European version of the Focus for a couple years. However, it will be available in the nose of the Ford Focus for the first time in the 2015 model. It’s the smallest of Ford’s efficient line of EcoBoost engines, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the weakest.

All of Ford’s EcoBoost engines combine smaller-displacement engines with turbocharging, direct injection, variable valve timing and Ford software to deliver increased fuel economy and power ratings that closely resemble the ratings of less-efficient, larger-displacement engines. Ford hasn’t said what the 3-cylinder EcoBoost will be capable of in the 2015 Ford Focus, but if it’s anything like the European version, it should pump out 123 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque.

The 1.0-liter 3-cylinder EcoBoost, does not come standard, rather it will be offered alongside the 2.0-liter four-cylinder that has been found in past models of the Ford Focus. The base engine is the one that allows the Ford Focus to achieve the EPA-estimated 40 mpg on the highway. As official fuel economy ratings haven’t been released for the smaller-displacement 3-cylinder, we’re not quite sure what types of numbers it will pull in, but we expect the engine to exceed the current 40 mpg rating.

According to Ford, the 1.0-liter 3-cylinder accounts for 32 percent of Focus sales in Europe, which is quite significant. With the expected power outputs and unmatched fuel economy ratings of the engine, we have a feeling that the small engine will find similar success here in the states. We won’t find out until the official release date arrives this spring, however.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Ford’s 1.0-liter 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine, be sure to check back here on the Matt Ford blog in the near future. We will have the official power and fuel economy numbers posted on here as soon as they’re made available. We expect that to be soon, too. The 2015 Ford Focus is set to debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor show which will be taking place next week. The unveiling should bring some more information about all that the new Focus will contain.


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