Ford has been boost crazy for the past couple of years as they’ve been developing the line of Ecoboost engines that are now finding their way into Ford’s across the world. The headliner has been the F-150 with the boosted V6 under the hood. With monster torque and fuel economy over 20 MPG, the EcoBoost F-150 can pull with the best of them and does it in a not so conventional way.
While the F-150 EcoBoost has been the star of the show, it’s about to take a back seat to the new 1.0 EcoBoost. Sure, 23 MPG is good for a truck but the new 1.0 EcoBoost Ford Focus will supposedly hit 50-55 MPG and thats without any orange cables. Conventional gasoline engines haven’t been able to achieve those kinds of numbers sine the CRX HF and Geo Metro.
Of course the new Ford engine isn’t exactly conventional compared to the Honda and Geo. This new motor, now going on sale in Europe but not due for the States until 2014, gets goodies like direct injection, variable valve timing, and a turbo. With the advancement of technology the old adage of “no replacement for displacement” has lost its relevance.
The 1.0 Focus isn’t going to be a hot rod for sure but 125 horsepower and 147 ib-ft of torque is stellar for a 1.0 liter 3-cylinder. With an engine block that’s shorter than a Subway sandwich and weighs less than your average NFL running back, the Ford Focus Ecoboost will be a major alternative to hybrids, diesels, and other fuel sippers. 55 MPG will sound pretty good this summer when fuel prices are supposedly going to be approaching $5 a gallon, especially if you can’t afford an expensive EV or hybrid.
[Source: Motor Trend]