Yesterday, Ford announced that the UK market will be getting a special diesel model of the Ford Focus, called the Focus Econetic, in 2012. This special model will debut next week at the Amsterdam Motor Show and will showcase the latest in diesel technology.
Equipped with a 104-horsepower, 1.6-liter Duratorq diesel I-4, Ford claims the Focus Econetic is capable of 80 Imperial Miles per gallon. Converting from the European testing cycle to the scale we use can be tricky—as the testing criteria and conditions are different—but that translates roughly to 67 mpg ( U.S.). This is achieved using a combination of new engine technologies and various aerodynamic enhancements.
The Duratorq diesel engine features a common rail system capable of generating 23,200 PSI injection pressures. Low-friction materials are used in the piston rings, helping to reduce resistance inside the engine. Further helping efficiency is a variable pressure oil pump, which was designed to lubricate the engine’s internals more effectively.
In addition to the Focus’s already low-drag shape, the Econetic model features improvements to the undercarriage to smooth airflow underneath the car. Low-drag wheel covers further increases the Focus’s aerodynamic profile, while variable grille shutters, similar to those found on the North American SFE model, help direct air to the cooling system when needed, and around the car when it’s not.
The Focus Econetic will be available as a five-door hatchback or wagon (a Europe-only option, sadly), and is expected to arrive in UK showrooms in early 2012. While we love all the technology that’s gone into this car, we’d be happy just getting any diesel-powered Focus in the States.