Monday 30 January 2012

Road - Ford's wee sweetie

Ford's boss Alan Mulally with the new engine

Ford’s new 1 litre EcoBoost engine goes on sale next month, installed initially in a Ford Focus, but soon to be available in other models. This latest 3 cylinder, turbo motor joins the existing 1.6 and 2 litre EcoBoost engines already on sale.

The whole point of these new engines is to get emissions down, power up, and use less fuel while doing it.

This latest entry level 99 bhp (100 PS) unit has a 58.9 mpg ‘combined’ consumption figure and outright best-in-class petrol CO2 emissions of 109 g/km. The ‘bigger’ version produces 123 bhp (125 PS) and generates 170 Nm peak torque (200 Nm with overboost) between 1,400 and 4,500 rpm, giving it the highest power density of any Ford production engine to date. When fitted in a 5 door Focus it is expected to deliver a combined fuel economy of 56.5 mpg and low petrol CO2 emissions of 114g/km.

On these figures, both versions of the engine will qualify for zero vehicle excise duty in the first year and then £20 (100 PS) and £30 (125 PS) per annum thereafter.  Compared with the current 1.6-litre 105 PS and 125 PS engines, this represents savings of £115 in year one and £95 and £85 respectively in subsequent years.

And with the ongoing price of petrol headed in one direction only, these sort of figures will start to make even the most serious petrolhead think carefully about future purchases.

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