Ford Focus EcoBoost Hybrid Debuts With MHEV Tech, Digital Dash

Ford Focus EcoBoost Hybrid Debuts With MHEV Tech, Digital Dash

  • Ford introduces the EcoBoost electrified hybrid powertrain for Focus; 48-volt mild hybrid system improves fuel efficiency by deactivating cylinders and increasing performance
  • New 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and later this year technology connected to local hazard information provides a more premium cabin feel and relaxed driving experience
  • The new Focus Connected variant joins a diverse range, including the sporty Focus ST-Line, the elegant Focus Titanium, the Focus Active inspired by SUVs and the luxurious Focus Vignale

COLOGNE, Germany, June 22, 2020 – The upgraded Ford Focus, with a fuel-efficient hybrid EcoBoost powertrain, is now available to order for customers across Europe, Ford announced today.

Sophisticated soft 48-volt hybrid technology enables the new 1.0 liter Focus EcoBoost hybrid to deliver 155 PS of power alongside 93 g / km of CO2 (NEDC) – a 17% improvement in fuel consumption compared to the outgoing equivalent combination of a 1.5-liter 150-hp EcoBoost petrol engine and a six-speed manual transmission (NEDC).1

In addition to the new electrified powertrain option, the improved Focus also offers a more premium driving experience with a new 12.3-inch “true color” LCD dashboard, and improved connectivity and ownership experience enabled by a standard FordPass Connect modem – including innovative Local hazard information available later this year.2

A new variant of Focus Connected provides standard specifications for professional and private drivers, including a wireless charger and navigation for the SYNC 3 voice-activated connectivity system with an 8-inch touchscreen.3

The Focus also continues to be offered in the elegant Focus Titanium, the Focus Active crossover inspired by SUVs, the sporty Focus ST-Line and the luxury specifications of the Focus Vignale, in a five-door, family version and in certain markets, four body styles, depending on variant. EcoBoost hybrid powertrains are available across the range.

“Our electrified powertrains are designed not only to save money on fuel for drivers, but also to enhance the fun to drive of our vehicles,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford Europe. “The Focus EcoBoost hybrid seamlessly integrates electric and petrol power for levels of efficiency and performance never seen before.”

Focus on Ford’s Puma, Kuga and Fiesta passenger cars as well as the Ford Transit and Transit Custom commercial vehicles with soft hybrid technology for better fuel efficiency. Ford is committed to offering an electrified version of every passenger vehicle it markets in Europe and will increase its range of electrified vehicles in Europe to 18 on sale before the end of 2021, including mild hybrid, full hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles.

EcoBoost hybrid efficiency

The 1.0-liter 155-hp EcoBoost Hybrid Focus offers more than twice the power density of a 145-liter 2.0-liter petrol engine available for Focus only 10 years ago, but with an improvement 45% energy efficiency (NEDC).

Also available in 125 hp power, the Focus EcoBoost hybrid models replace the standard alternator of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine with a belt-driven integrated starter / generator (BISG), which usually recovers energy lost during braking and cabotage to charge an air-cooled 48-volt lithium-ion battery.

The location of the 48-volt battery under the front passenger seat has allowed the mild hybrid powertrain to be integrated without loss of cargo space or passengers for Focus customers.

The BISG also acts as an engine, integrating with the engine and using stored energy to provide torque assistance during normal driving and acceleration, as well as to operate the vehicle’s electrical accessories.

The intelligent and self-regulating intelligent hybrid system constantly monitors how the vehicle is used to determine when and how to intensely charge the battery for optimal benefit, and when to use the charge of the stored battery using one of the following two strategies:

  • Torque substitution, which deploys the electric motor functionality of the BISG to provide up to 24 Nm of torque – reducing the amount of work required from the petrol engine and contributing to CO2 emissions of 93 g / km NEDC (115 g / km WLTP) and energy efficiency of 4.1 l / 100 km NEDC (of 5.1 l / 100 km WLTP).
  • Torque supplement, which deploys the functionality of the BISG electric motor to increase the total torque available from the powertrain up to 20 Nm above the level available from the petrol engine alone at full load – and deliver up to at 50% more torque at a lower rpm – for optimized performance

The BISG also allowed Ford engineers to reduce the compression ratio of the EcoBoost engine by 1.0 liters and add a larger turbocharger for more power, reducing the turbo-lag by using additional torque which makes also run the engine faster for a turbocharger boost response.

Using the Sport option offered by Focus’s selectable driving modes, drivers can immediately adjust system features, including the accelerator pedal, electronic power steering and electronic stability control to provide a driving experience even more engaging which fully exploits the additional 50 Nm of electricity boosting torque supplementation.

The more powerful BISG allows the Auto Start-Stop technology of the Focus EcoBoost Hybrid to work in a wider range of scenarios for even greater fuel savings. Capable of restarting the engine in just 350 milliseconds, the Stop-in-Gear feature can shutdown the engine during a coasting stop even when the vehicle is engaged with the clutch pedal depressed, and can be adjusted to s ” activate from 15 km / h (9 mph), 20 km / h (12 mph) or 25 km / h (16 mph).

In addition, Focus EcoBoost hybrid powertrains incorporate fuel-saving cylinder deactivation technology that continues to support the available 1.0-liter EcoBoost and 1.5-liter EcoBoost powertrains.

Disabling the cylinders further improves fuel efficiency by automatically disabling one of the cylinders when full capacity is not required, such as coasting or cruising with light demand on the engine. The system can disengage or re-engage a cylinder in 14 milliseconds without compromising performance or refinement.

Customers can also continue to choose from the 1.5-liter EcoBlue and 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engines, with eight-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmissions available.

Easier to stay focused and connected

New technologies, including a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and, later this year, local hazard information make the improved Focus easier to drive than ever.

The fully configurable LCD cluster uses 24-color “true color” technology to generate detailed, high definition images and icons, more intuitive in the color spectrum, making them brighter, less tiring for the eyes and easier to read. The cluster also allows drivers to prioritize the information displayed according to their personal preferences.

The Focus EcoBoost Hybrid’s 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster also features a unique theme and clear graphics to keep the driver informed of his electric power consumption. Drivers can see the amount of electrical energy generated by the mild hybrid system and whether energy is currently being returned to the battery or being deployed to improve fuel efficiency or performance.

Manufactured using freeform technology originally developed for the manufacture of optical lenses, the curved top edges of the screen are sculpted for a seamless interior design, while integrated circuits across the surface of the screen allowed designers to mold the screen into shapes beyond traditional rectangular design.

A standard FordPass Connect modem will allow Focus drivers to benefit from local hazard information notifications for the first time. Technology can alert drivers to a dangerous situation on the road ahead, even if the incident is not visible due to a bend in the road or other vehicles.

Local hazard information notifications are delivered independently of the satellite navigation system – from local authorities, emergency services and driving data from other vehicles connected to the cloud.

Hazard notifications, including road works; broken down vehicles; animals, pedestrians and objects in the roadway; and even dangerous driving conditions are transmitted to the vehicle over the air, giving drivers advanced warning of developing situations beyond their field of vision.

“What makes information about local hazards different is that it’s the cars that are connected – via the Internet of Things. There is no dependency on third-party applications, ”said Joerg Beyer, executive director, Engineering, Ford Europe. “This is a significant step forward. The warnings are specific, relevant and adapted to try to improve your specific route. ”

FordPass Connect also allows customers to remotely control a selection of vehicle features from any location via their smartphone and the FordPass app. In addition to helping drivers plan faster, less stressful trips with live traffic updates for the available navigation system, customers can use door lock / unlock, remote start4 for Focus models with eight-speed automatic transmission, vehicle locator and vehicle status to check fuel level, alarm status, tire pressure, oil life and more.

Distinctive personalities. Innovative technologies

The Focus range continues to offer distinct personalities that reflect the individual preferences of customers.

The new Focus Connected variant is offered with an advanced suite of standard technologies designed to give drivers confidence behind the wheel and help them stay focused while on the move, including a wireless charger, SYNC 3 with navigation, Adaptive Cruise Control,5 front and rear parking sensors and a rear view camera.

The Focus ST-Line and Focus Active are now available with additional standard equipment, including electronic dual-zone electronic temperature control, auto-dimming rear view mirror, rain sensing wipers and entry without key. Styling improvements include a now larger functional roof spoiler for Focus ST-Line X models and a standard black horn for Focus Active X.

Advanced driver assistance technologies available include adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go, speedometer recognition and lane centering5 to effortlessly negotiate stop-start traffic, and Active Park Assist 2 which manages gear selection, acceleration and braking to allow fully automated maneuvers at the touch of a button.5 Pre-crash assistance with active braking is standard – it helps drivers avoid or mitigate the effects of collisions with vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.5

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Focus

Power (PS)

CO2 of

(g / km NEDC)

Fuel consumption of (l / 100 km NEDC)

CO2 from (g / km WLTP)

Fuel consumption of (l / 100 km WLTP)

1.0 liter EcoBoost
six-speed manual

100

97

4.3

120

5.3

1.0 liter EcoBoost
six-speed manual

125

96

4.2

124

5.5

1.0 liter EcoBoost
eight-speed automatic

125

116

5.1

133

5.9

1.0 liter EcoBoost hybrid
six-speed manual

125

94

4.1

115

5.1

1.0 liter EcoBoost hybrid
six-speed manual

155

93

4.1

115

5.1

1.5 liter EcoBoost

eight-speed automatic

150

125

5.4

142

6.3

1.5 liter EcoBoost

eight-speed automatic

182

125

5.5

142

6.3

1.5 liter EcoBlue

six-speed manual

95

92

3.4

119

4.5

1.5 liter EcoBlue

six-speed manual

120

92

3.5

118

4.5

1.5 liter EcoBlue

eight-speed automatic

120

101

3.9

124

4.8

2.0 liter EcoBlue

six-speed manual

150

108

4.1

124

4.7

2.0 liter EcoBlue

eight-speed automatic

150

110

4.2

128

4.9

1Reported fuel / energy consumption, CO2– emissions and electrical range are determined in accordance with the technical requirements and specifications of European regulations (EC) 715/2007 and (EU) 2017/1151 as last amended. Light commercial vehicle approved under the World Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) will have a fuel / energy and CO consumption2emission information for the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) and WLTP. The WLTP will completely replace the NEDC by the end of 2020 at the latest. The standard test procedures applied allow a comparison between different types of vehicles and different manufacturers. During NEDC disposal, WLTP fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are correlated to NEDC. There will be some variation from fuel economy and previous emissions, as some test items have changed, so the same car may have different fuel consumption and CO emissions2 shows.

2Features may require activation. FordPass Connect, the FordPass app and a free connected service are required for remote functions (see FordPass conditions for more details). The service and functionalities connected depend on the availability of the compatible network. Developments in technology / cellular networks / vehicle capabilities can limit functionality and prevent the operation of connected functionality. The connected service excludes Wi-Fi access points.

3Do not drive while distracted. Use voice-activated systems where possible; do not use portable devices while driving. Some functions can be locked while the vehicle is in gear. Not all features are compatible with all phones.

4In areas where the law allows.

5The driver assistance functions are complementary and do not replace attention, judgment and the need to control the vehicle.

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