North American customers are finally getting the goods when
it comes to Ford's compact Focus sedan/hatchback. While the rest of the world
was enjoying a much improved Focus during the latter half of the previous
decade, the U.S. was soldiering on with a hacked up first generation model.
Ford has rectified that situation with the third
generation Focus, and all world markets will get the same vehicle (with
minor changes to meet safety requirements for different countries). In the
U.S., that means that we will get the standard Focus sedan/hatch and an upcoming
all-electric variant (only available in hatchback form).
Since U.S. car customers don't seem to care much for diesel
vehicles -- well, according
to Ford -- we won't be getting the newest ultra-efficient diesel model: the
ECOnetic. The Focus ECOnectic uses a 1.6-liter Duratorq TDCi turbodiesel
engine that generates 105hp. Thanks to the use of the turbodiesel engine, low
rolling resistance tires, revised final drive ratio, and Active Grille Shutter,
Ford says that the Focus ECOnetic is good for 80 mpg on the European Cycle --
that translates to roughly 67 mpg using EPA calculations.
For comparison, the U.S Focus is rated at 28 mpg city and 40
mpg highway in its most fuel efficient trim (SFE).
“The Focus ECOnetic is a testament to our company’s
relentless drive for technological innovation and commitment to environmental
leadership,” said Gunnar Herrmann, Ford’s global C-car vehicle line
director. “It’s also going to be a great car to drive.”
The all-new Ford Focus ECOnetic demonstrates Ford’s
commitment to be a leader in fuel economy, and to offer customers a broad
choice of affordable, low-CO2 options. The Focus ECOnetic uses the latest
technologies to deliver outstanding fuel efficiency and an attractive
low-carbon ownership proposition.”
The Focus ECOnetic will be made available next year in
hatchback and wagon variants.