As drivetrain technology has improved in recent years, so has fuel efficiency. It’s amazing to see the EPA ratings of today’s vehicles, which are capable of taking us considerably further on a single tank of gas than those built just a few years ago. For example, the Ford Focus EcoBoost Hybrid was already a pretty efficiency vehicle, but the latest version leaves it in the proverbial dust.
Ford announced today that its latest Focus EcoBoost Hybrid is capable of delivering a whopping 17 percent improvement in fuel efficiency, in fact. That boost can be directly attributed to the car’s new 1.0L EcoBoost three-cylinder engine, which is coupled with Ford’s 48-volt mild hybrid system. That powerplant replaces the old 1.5L EcoBoost three cylinder engine in the previous model.
Despite the increase in fuel efficiency and a drop in displacement, the new engine produces more power, too – 155 PS (153 horsepower) compared to 150 PS (149 horsepower). The new model is also available with 125 PS (123 horsepower). To demonstrate just how far we’ve come, just ten years ago the Ford Focus came equipped with a 2.0L gasoline engine that produced 145 PS (143 horsepower), yet delivered 45 percent less fuel efficiency than the new Focus EcoBoost Hybrid.
Like the previous EcoBoost hybrid model, Ford replaces the engine’s standard alternator with a belt-driven integrated starter/generator (BISG), enabling recovery of energy usually lost during braking and coasting to charge the air-cooled battery pack. The BISG also acts as a motor, integrating with the engine and using the stored energy to provide torque assistance during normal driving and acceleration, as well as running the vehicle’s electrical ancillaries.
In addition to the new powertrain option, the revised Focus EcoBoost Hybrid also comes equipped with a new “True Color” 12.3 inch LCD instrument cluster and a standard FordPass Connect modem. A new Focus Connected variant includes a wireless charging pad and navigation for the SYNC 3 voice-activated connectivity system with an 8 inch touchscreen.
Ford will also continue to offer the Focus in Titanium, Active, ST-Line and Vignale trim, in five-door, wagon, and four-door body styles. EcoBoost Hybrid powertrains are available across the entire range.