| Lyna Mohamad |
THE new Ford Focus delivers the brand’s most fuel-efficient power train line-up ever with improvements of up to 19 per cent, and a significant CO2 emission reduction across the entire line-up. It will be the first vehicle in Europe to offer a 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine.
According to a press release from Premier Automobile Sdn Bhd, the local Ford dealer, the new Focus will, for the first time, be available in the form of a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine.
Ford engineers have further optimised power, torque and fuel-efficiency from the 2.0-litre TDCi engine, and the Focus will continue to be offered with the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, which includes a 99 g/km CO2 1.0-litre EcoBoost model.
Advanced new diesel engine technologies are available on both the 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre TDCi engines, including a lean NOX trap for cleaner exhaust emissions, along with several other enhanced features such as friction reduced with microscopic applications of Diamond Like Coating (DLC) and engine breathing enhanced with Variable Nozzle Turbocharger.
Ford‘s fuel-saving technologies, including Auto-Start-Stop, Active Grille Shutter and Smart Regenerative Charging, meanwhile, help to achieve significant reductions in CO2 emissions across the full range of petrol and diesel engines.
“We have improved fuel-efficiency without sacrificing performance by analysing engine and transmission effectiveness down to the smallest detail, and also given consumers more choice with an additional four new engine and transmission combinations,” said Ford (Europe) Product Development Vice President Joe Bakaj.
He added, with the introduction of the new 1.5-litre TDCi engine, the new Focus will be available with all engines meeting Euro Stage VI months ahead of the legislation taking effect, and the new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine offers customers the very latest EcoBoost engine technologies in a smarter and more efficient package.
“More economical, smoother-running and free-revving, this new EcoBoost engine delivers an even more compelling option for drivers who love petrol performance and want low running costs,“ said Bakaj.
The new diesel technology offered for the first time with the Ford’s 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine, which is available with 95 PS or 120 PS, delivers greater power, torque and responsiveness, with optimised combustion chamber design, cutting-edge turbocharger and fuel injection technology.
It will feature the most fuel-efficient combustion process from a Ford diesel engine to date and it has a lean NOX trap in the exhaust after-treatment system for even cleaner emissions.
The total surface area of the active material inside the new lean NOX trap covers the equivalent of two and a half full-sized football pitches, despite measuring just 132 mm in diameter and 124 mm in length. It acts like a sponge to capture NOX emissions that result from more efficient combustion of diesel fuel, which is helping Ford achieve lower levels of CO2, said Ford (Europe) Diesel Calibration Manager David King.
The 95 PS version will deliver 98 g/km CO2 emissions, a 10 per cent improvement compared to the 1.6-litre TDCi diesel, and at the same time will deliver 3.8 l/100 km (74.3 mpg) fuel efficiency when mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
Another feature to be introduced next year is a 120 PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel PowerShift automatic. It is expected to achieve a 19 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency when compared to the 115 PS 2.0-litre TDCi diesel PowerShift Focus it replaces and the 6/speed manual version will deliver a 10 per cent fuel efficiency improvement.
While, the enhanced 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine delivers significantly more power, torque and better fuel efficiency, the 150 PS version will deliver a 15 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency over the previous 140 PS model when specified with the 6-speed manual gearbox or PowerShift automatic transmission.
“The new Ford Focus is the clearest example yet of Ford’s commitment to deliver on the fuel efficiency drivers’ demand using advanced technologies where customers needn’t look to a specific variant to reduce their carbon footprint or running costs as they can now find optimised powertrains across the range,” Bakaj added.
The new Ford Focus will be introduced to selected Asian markets by the beginning of 2015.