With a price tag that drops as low as $16,270 and the promise of a hopped-up ST version just around the bend, Ford's 2012 Focus ticks all the right boxes for success. It's affordable, comes in sedan and hatchback form, sports attractive, clean design, boast some unexpected efficiency numbers and flex fuel capability as well. What more could you ask for? Honestly, we can't think of much. But Ford has.
The North American version of the 2012 Focus will be powered by 2.0-liter DOHC inline four engine with twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), direct gasoline injection and E85 flex-fuel capability. Yeah, it's a mouthful, but the technologies combine to great effect. The 2.0-liter cranks out 160 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. The direct injection system improves performance while also contributing to a boost in efficiency, helping the six-speed, auto-equipped Focus achieve an estimated 40 miles per gallon highway. There's a host of additional technologies that the 2.0-liter engine employs and we've pinned Ford's detailed release with all that techie stuff for you after the jump.