Based on the new global Focus design, the ECOnetic will go on sale in the UK early next year. Ford says it is more fuel efficient than any other petrol, diesel or hybrid compact vehicle currently on sale in Europe.
At 3.5 litres/100km on the combined cycle, the Focus promises to be even more efficient than the smaller Ford Fiesta ECOnetic, which uses 3.7 litres/100km. The Focus’s CO2
emissions will also be lower, rated at 95g/km versus the Fiesta’s 98g/km.
The 2012 Focus ECOnetic will be powered by the same 1.6-litre Ford Duratorq diesel engine as the Fiesta, although it has 77kW of power (up from 66kW) and has been optimised for enhanced fuel efficiency.
The upgraded 1.6-litre diesel engine incorporates a new injection system and turbocharger, upgraded charge cooling and increased friction reduction measures.
It is mated to a six-speed Durashift manual transmission with a revised final drive ratio for lower engine speeds and improved fuel economy for top-gear cruising.
The full range of ECOnetic technologies are employed including Auto Start-Stop, regenerative braking, electric power steering, unique aerodynamic package with Active Grille Shutter, low rolling resistance tyres, Eco Mode and shift indicator light.
The Focus ECOnetic will be available in five-door hatch and estate body styles. It will be produced at the Saarlouis manufacturing plant in Germany – the same plant that will initially supply the new Focus to Australia – with UK deliveries scheduled to commence early next year.
CarAdvice has contacted Ford Australia about its plans for the 2012 Ford Focus ECOnetic and its potential to be launched Down Under. We will update the story when we hear more.