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Low cost petrol engine for Ford Focus

  • Ford Focus gets new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine
  • Low emissions means road tax from just £20
  • Impressive economy for two new additions

The Ford Focus is set to get a low-emitting and economical petrol engine for 2012.

The three-cylinder EcoBoost engine is available with a power output of 99bhp or 124bhp. The 124bhp offers the same amount of power as the existing 1.6-litre petrol engine, but lower emissions and improved economy means lower tax and potentially reduced fuel costs.

Emitting just 109g/km, the lower-powered of the two engines will cost just £20 in road tax. The 124bhp version, with emissions of 114g/km, falls in to the £30 per year category but both are exempt from road tax for the first year. At the same time the 1.6-litre engine producing 104bhp and 124bhp will cost £115 per year.

According to Ford, the 99bhp engine is able to achieve an average fuel economy of 58.9mpg while the higher-powered engine can achieve a claimed 56.5mpg. This is fairly impressive for a petrol engine.

Mark Ovenden, Ford Britain managing director, said: “Gone are the days when the number of cylinders dictates performance. This highly efficient, technically advanced powertrain is not only great fun to drive, but it delivers fuel economy improvements and ultra-low CO2 emissions which lead to real world cost savings for our customers.”

Both engines are available on the hatchback and estate models. The higher-powered option comes with a six-speed manual gearbox while the 99bhp is fitted with a five-speed manual. The engine will eventually be used on other models in the Ford range including the C-Max, Grand C-Max and all-new B-Max.

The new engines will be available from February. Prices start at £16,245 for the 99bhp engine in Edge trim rising to £21,845 for the higher-powered engine in the Estate model.