• Jan 19, 2009
Click above for a gallery of the 2008 Euro Ford Focus

Even if the Lincoln Concept C from the Detroit Auto Show never makes it to production, its powertrain could find its way into FoMoCo's small cars. While the first application of Ford's new EcoBoost series of engines will be a 3.5L V6 in the 2009 Ford Flex, the technology might make the most sense in a much smaller and more efficient package. For instance, in the Lincoln Concept C, the 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct injected four-cylinder offers up 180 hp and an equal amount of torque while returning a (theoreticall) 43 mpg on the highway. This powerplant could be mated with Ford's PowerShift dual clutch gearbox in an uplevel version of the next-gen Focus subcompact that's expected to debut in 2010, offering a 25% improvement in fuel efficiency over the outgoing 2.0L four.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      It's starting to look like my Protege5. Yeay!!
      • 6 Years Ago

      This Focus and the Cruze will give Americans a chance to buy American made compacts as good as the imports. Only Chrysler will be left behind with the caliber.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have a feeling that they will show something very soon that will be available around 2011-2012.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is Ford seriously going to sell that ridiculously unattractive Focus in the States and keep us from the beautiful Euro Focus?

      W...T...F... Ford?

      You'd think a struggling auto maker would allow their home market to buy their *good* cars.

      Come. on.

      First the Mondeo, now the Focus?

        • 6 Years Ago
        Ford has iterated time and again that the next Focus will be a WORLD car. The new Euro Focus will be the new American Focus.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This really makes the automakers look stupid. They said, 40mpg couldn't be done without significant cost and engineering effort and then they may release a Focus (not some exotic new vehicle) that may be able to do just that. I guess these guys just can't be believed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So, you're saying the EcoBoost program didn't cost them a lot of money and engineering effort?

        Plus, I think you are simplifying things. Achieving 40mpg in a small car was never the issue. I think what they are worried about are the prople who extrapolate that 40mpg figure to a fleet-wide average under the assumption that if they can build a car that gets 40mpg, why can't all of their models get 40mpg.

        It's not a matter of the Focus achieving 40mpg, it's getting all of their vehicles to average 40mpg that is the "significant cost and engineering effort" part. You're not going to get a 40mpg Taurus, Mustang, Escape, Flex, Edge, F-150, E-Series, Explorer, Expedition, etc. without spending a ton of cash and likely passing a good portion of it on the the customer. Plus, in the case of the trucks and SUV's, you're going to likely give up a fair amount of utility and performance in the process.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about a similar engine in a Fiesta 3-door? That would be a sweet little ride.

      My '01 zx3 stick has averaged 31 mpg over its life in very mixed driving, and it's gotten as good as 39 on the highway (long drive with a tailwind). 40 in a new one would be sweet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Could?

      Still "could?

      Damn ...
      • 6 Years Ago
      They had better get 40 MPG in the next focus or they will be falling behind. The Chevy Cruze is supposed to get between 40 and 45 MPG highway and I'm sure Honda will be right up there too with the next gen Civic. Seems like a no-brainer to me that this is going to happen
        • 6 Years Ago
        There's actually a couple engines in the works...

        There is the standard 2.0DI (or believed to be standard), which will be probably 150hp and 40-41 on the highway.

        Then, there are the ecoboost engines. The 1.6 with 180hp should get slightly better, probably more like 43-44 (of note, there is some nice start-stop stuff that may raise the city mileage from 32-33 to 35-36 if it is added). There is a smaller 1.4 (I think) in the works that should deliver more like upper-40s.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Considering my 2004 Focus barely ever sees more than 24mpg, I'll believe this when I see it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Maybe you need to let up on running your Focus Idle. That might be your fuel.. Though your numbers seem way off! I haven't heard of many Foci getting less than 30MPG give or take a 3000 foot incline ;)

        • 6 Years Ago
        My 07 ST (2.3L) manual averages 28.5mpg and I cruise on the freeway at about 70-75mph going to work, climbing 3000ft in 12miles... I can only imagine how you drive your '04 to barely get 24mpg.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My '01 Focus with 140,000 miles gets up to 35 on the highway. (55mph w/ cruise).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Our '06 sedan, with an automatic, gets 35 on the highway, mid to upper 20's around town. It's never gotten below 25 on a tank.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not bad, wonder what it will weigh, wonder if they will have the sense to build it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Although Ford is likely to supply their Focus with a 6-speed (unlike the 5-speed Cobalt), it's going to have a tough time breaking 40mpg highway, US gallons on EPA testing. Sure, in Europe it'll put up some huge figures with their more optimistic measures and bigger gallons.

      Even if it makes 40 highway, it'll be tough to "net over 40mpg".

      Anyway, I look forward to seeing what happens here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow!...a Ford with a modern engine!...and if everyone is lucky, designed in Europe where they know what there doing!....I might even buy a Ford someday!
      • 6 Years Ago
      i had a 2002 svt focus (the 2.0L engine, 10.1:1 compression ratio some forged components) and a roots style supercharger installed. I could get 32mpg cruising @ 70 on the highway.

      seems to me turbo, direct injection, dual clutch gear box (and hopefully light weight) would be 40mpg no problem.

      now just send me an RS, and I'll have a new daily driver.
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