American carmaker Ford announced that they will see a 3-cylinder engine in a car for their North American customers. To be more precise, the specialists are not offering any simple engine, but a turbocharged, direct-injected 3-cylinder with independent variable cam timing wearing the EcoBoost moniker on its plastic engine cover. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost is capable of developing 123 horsepower and 125 lb. ft. of torque and it is already on sale in Europe. The mid-spec Ford Focus models receive power from it. Just for the sake of comparison, the 2.0-liter direct-injected naturally aspirated engine is capable of producing 160 horsepower and 146 lb. ft. of torque.
The 1.0-liter EcoBoost is made of cast iron and not aluminum to avoid using cylinder liners. Completely equipped, the engine weighs only 214 pounds. The output is being transferred to the wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission and not the 5-speed used in the US models. The 6-speed has a better shift action, with a more precise feeling and engagement. If the driver can keep the revs up, the 1.0-liter can keep up with most traffic. He will feel the 37 horsepower deficit in comparison with the 2.0-liter. The model will be capable of accelerating from 0 to 62 mph in 11.3 seconds. The handling is excellent and so is the steering.
The starting price of the Ford Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost was established for GBP17.945. The fuel economy in the town indicates 25-32 mpg and on the highway, 35 mpg. There were expected better values for the highway. The European Focus needs gasoline, so who knows if it would work properly in the US. These are all the info revealed so far on the new 2012 Ford Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost.
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