New Car: 2013 Ford Focus ECOnetic

It's the cleanest Focus ever! When it goes on sale next year the Ford Focus ECOnetic will join a host of ultra-low emitting family hatchbacks – including the 85g/km Kia Rio – boasting over 80mpg and CO2 emissions under 95g/km.

Efficiency is key in this new Focus variant, the 1.6 litre Duratorq engine has been significantly revised for maximum efficiency. It achieves a 13mpg improvement over the current 1.6 TDCi and has improved CO2 emissions by 14g/km.

The 105bhp unit has a new injection system, a completely redesigned turbocharger combined with enhanced charge cooling and uses friction reducing engine components. The 6-speed manual Durashift gearbox has been optimised to eliminate frictional losses by utilising special low friction transmission oil and has a higher gearing to reduce engine speed when cruising in top gear.

The bodywork has also been tweaked to improved the overall aerodynamics of the car, Ford has fitted additional undershields and deflectors to smoothen the airflow under the car as well as low drag hub caps which are more streamlined than conventional alloy wheels. The Focus ECOnetic comes with Ford’s clever Active Grille Shutter system which closes the air intakes when less airflow is required giving a 2% reduction in CO2 emissions.

The full range of Ford ECOnetic Technologies shared with other models in the all-new Focus line-up are incorporated as standard including Ford Auto-Start-Stop, Smart Regenerative Charging, Ford Eco Mode and Shift Indicator Light. It also comes with a set of ultra-low rolling resistance tyres.

The newcomer will debut next week at the Amsterdam Motor Show and will be available in UK showrooms in spring 2012 as a five door hatchback and estate. For more details click here.

Thanks to: Auto Express


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