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Ford Australia will introduce a number of new, smaller fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines into its compact-car line-up in the near future.

The local car maker already has 2.0-litre four-cylinder versions of the EcoBoost engines, which combine direct injection and turbocharging for good power and economy, in the Mondeo medium car and the Falcon from April.

The company is expected to follow them with a 1.6-litre EcoBoost for the Focus in mid 2013 but has confirmed it will consider a new 1.0-litre EcoBoost unit for the Focus as well as the Fiesta city car.

In the UK, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost will be offered in an entry-level 74kW tune as well as a more powerful 92kW version. It returns a combined cycle fuel consumption as low as 4.8 litres per 100km in the five-door Focus hatch.

Ford Australia’s Sinead Phipps said we would not see the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine in our market until it debuted in the all-new Ford EcoSport sub-compact SUV, which is expected to go on sale around the middle of 2013.

Phipps said Ford Australia would then consider other applications for the engine, including the Focus small car and the light-sized Fiesta.

CarAdvice understands the Focus 1.6 EcoBoost could launch at around the same time as the Fiesta-based EcoSport launches, in around 18 months’ time.

The UK-spec Focus with the 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine produces 110kW of power and 220Nm of torque, and utilises start-stop technology to return combined cycle fuel consumption of 6.0L/100km.

The Falcon will become the second model in Ford Australia’s line-up to adopt EcoBoost technology when the 179kW/353Nm 2.0-litre variant goes on sale in April. Ford first introduced EcoBoost to Australia in July 2011 with the launch of the mid-sized Mondeo EcoBoost, which uses a 149kW/300Nm tune of the same 2.0-litre engine.

The Focus ST will be the next EcoBoost model in Australia. The hot hatch will storm local showrooms in the final quarter of this year with yet another tune of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, this time producing 184kW and 360Nm.

Although Ford has not yet officially confirmed production of the smaller Fiesta ST, it is only a matter of time before the Volkswagen Polo GTI fighter is given the green light. The production version of the Fiesta ST is likely to be powered by a 132kW/240Nm tune of the 1.6-litre EcoBoost unit.

The all-new Ford Kuga compact SUV is also likely to feature at least one EcoBoost engine when it launches in Australia next year. Ford confirmed the Kuga, which was revealed at the Los Angeles motor show in November 2011, would be available with both 1.6- and 2.0-litre EcoBoost engines.

  • Paul Herbert

    why dont they put the new 2.0T focus engine in the ecoboost falcon. BTW I think it is a sham that we have not got the 3.5TT ecoboost from the torus yet in our cars.

    • Philthy

      It’s the same engine, slightly different tune

      • Zoom

        It’s the same as the Intel Pentium 2.0GHz and Pentium 3.5GHz cpu. Exactly the same CPU’s. But they just increase the clock speed. That’s where the term “OVERCLOCKING” comes from. The overclocked ones are obviously more powerful. But run hotter, less stable and definitely less reliable.

  • ChopstaR87

    Why get the 3.5TT ecoboost.. when we have a more powerful engine in the the Turbo inline 6… more KWs and More Torque then the V6 Ecoboost.

    • Go

      why get the Turbo 6 when you can have a V8, more KWs and more torque then the L6T?

      I guess the word fuel efficiency does not register with you…

  • O123

    I reckon the 1 litre ecoboost would be great in the focus

    • Zoom

      Can we see 200,000km or even 120,000km?

      • Sydlocal

         Small, turbocharged engines have been getting more than 120,000km for years now, this isn’t the 70s-80s anymore. Even many highly stressed, small capacity motorcycle engines are easily getting over 120,000km now without much effort. I know for a fact that for example many Suzuki 650 v-twins are getting over 160,000km+ without having to touch the engine at all. Just because an engine is small, it doesn’t always mean it isn’t going to last.

        However having said that these newer engines can’t handle neglect as much as the older ones ie oil changes etc due to the tighter tolerances and risk of sludge blocking oil galleries etc due to neglected oil changes.

  • Zoom

    When buying an Ecoboost Falcon, can I tick a box to option a timing chain? Not a fan of timing belt. Thanks!

  • Zoom

    The Ecoboost Falcon uses less fuel than the Mazda3. 8.1 vs 8.2 litre per 100km. It means that the Mazda3 is thirsty. I used to have one. Now am looking for a new small car that uses around 7 litre per 100km. It’s not only the fuel consumption. But the range as well due to tiny fuel tanks in the small cars.

  • Frostie

    Why does this never occur to them: 1 Ecoboost engine + 1/2 EcoBoost engine = 1 Twin Turbo Ecoboost Inline-6!

    They should also add some of that cylinder cut-off technology when cruising, so at a steady speed only 3 cylinders fire, and that stop start technology for the traffic lights.

  • Don Quay

    I wonder what is involved in retuning the Mondeo ecoboost to match the outputs of the Falcon engine.

    • Joker

      Reprogramming the ECU. Most likely with a piggy back hand held unit. Voids warranty in Australia but will easily knock it up to Falcon, even Focus ST Spec 

  • Tarquin, Hair Artiste

    Great Ford, you release the new focus without Ecoboost and then add it to the model once it is no longer a new model… What a recipie for… “good car that just did not get the sales it deserved”.