Everyone in America has been curious about the three cylinder engine Ford Focus that has been sold in Europe and we are about to be able to test it out for ourselves as Ford gets ready to release their United States turbocharged, direct-injected three-cylinder with independent variable cam timing to dealerships near you, not necessarily in the Focus though, it might be provided to us in a Ford Fiesta version. Ford hasn’t made that decision at this point.
This engine has the EcoBoost moniker highlighted on the plastic engine cover. While European drivers seem to really like this engine, we are curious to see how it will do in America. The current version for us features a 2.0 liter naturally aspirated four cylinder that give 160 horsepower and 146 pound feet of torque while the EcoBoost that is being driven around the roadways in Europe offers 123 horsepower and 125 pound feet of torque. While that seems like quite a difference, it might not be so bad since it will be pulling a lot less weight.
One thing that is fully up in the air about this engine is the fuel economy. While you would expect for it to be heads and tails over the four cylinders coming out, it might not be. The European models seem to get between 25 to 32 miles per gallon, and up to 35 highway miles per gallon. However the car itself is expected to have excellent handling and have all the bells and whistles expected in a Ford compact including start-stop system, active park assist, a blind spot warning system and a lane-keeping system.
While we wait to hear more news about this upcoming new addition to Ford’s lineup of compacts, you can check out the video and see for yourself if it is something to get excited about.