Ford Launches 3-Cylinder 49 MPG Focus In Europe


Unlike some automakers who are diving head first into the electric car field, Ford is focusing a lot of energy on wringing the most MPG’s from petrol-powered engines. European countries are especially sensitive to the high cost of gasoline, so it makes sense that Ford has launched its 1.0 liter, 49 MPG EcoBoost Focus in the Old World. But will it come to America?

The EcoBoost line of engines are designed to maximize fuel economy from good ol’ gasoline, which remains an amazing source of energy. The smallest EcoBoost engine is a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder that comes in a 98 horsepower and 123 horsepower flavors. The 98 horsepower version offers the best fuel economy Ford has ever gotten out of a non-hybrid; 4.8 liters/100km , or about 49 mpg on the U.S. standard, though converting from one standard to another is not an exact science or a direct translation.

Even if the number is a few mpg’s short of 49 mpg, an engine capable of delivering decent horsepower with such stellar fuel economy should prove a big hit in cost-conscious Europe. But is 98 horsepower enough for American buyers?

I think so. While Ford is focusing on the launch of the 1.0 liter EcoBoost overseas in places like Europe and Asia, I think it is only a matter of time before this engine comes to the U.S. There are plenty of cars for sale in America that have around 100 horsepower, and even less torque, than the 1.0 liter EcoBoost (which cranks out at least 125 ft-lbs) is capable of.

Even if Ford were only to import the brawnier 123 horsepower model, which delivers a few less mpg’s (5 liters/100 km or 47 mpg) that is still better fuel economy than any other pure-petrol compact car. However, the 1.0 liter EcoBoost might only be available in the Fiesta, rather than the Focus. Americans tend to equate car size with engine size, and a 3-cylinder Fiesta might be an easier sell.

I’d give serious consideration to a turbocharged 3-cylinder car with that kind of gas mileage. Would you?

About the Author

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.
  • Taylor

    This is great news! I currently drive a three cylinder geo metro and have often wondered why there are not more 3 pots on the road. My car can keep up with traffic all day with just 55 hp, albeit it is 1650 lbs. The ecoboost fiesta with a 6 speed manual transmission would be a fine upgrade and I hope other automakers follow suit!

  • Bring it already. I would be glad to purchase one. The US needs this car while the EV is being developed. Gas is not going to go down anytime soon.

  • I think it is not enough horsepower. This technology needs to develop much more to become popular in USA.

    • Right, because we all need a car that can go 150 mph, despite the fact that 70 is pretty much the legal limit. (that’s sarcasm, I expect you hear that a lot)

  • Pingback: Gas 2 | Bridging the gap between green heads and gear heads.()