Guide to the new Ford EcoBoost
There are many manufacturers, Ford included, that offer a range of frugal engines that offer the best efficiency in the model range. These frugal engines are usually part of what manufacturers call eco-signatures.
Ford’s eco-signature is called Econetic, which signifies particularly frugal models but – and this is where it gets confusing – the brand also builds ‘EcoBoost’ petrol engines, which offer more performance with lower running costs.
This year, the 1.0-litre Ford EcoBoost petrol was revealed by the manufacturer and debuted on the new Ford Focus.
The three-cylinder engine is incredibly frugal, offering road tax-free levels of CO2 emissions on some models, but still offers the power of a larger (1.4-litre) engine.
This 1.0-litre EcoBoost proved itself on the Focus as it was awarded 2012 “International Engine of the Year”. Now that Ford has seen the potential of EcoBoost technology, it is expanding the technology to many other models in its range.
The production of these new engines is set to start in July this year.
The Ford Focus is renowned for being a practical family hatchback as it offers low emissions, versatile trim levels and convenient interior space.
Engines for the Ford Focus include the award winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost, in two different power variants. These include both a 99bhp and a 123bhp variant.
The 99bhp 1.0-litre EcoBoost emits just 99g/km and the 123bhp 1.0-litre EcoBoost emits 114g/km. As the 99bhp emits just 99g/km, it is exempt from road tax.
The Ford Focus also comes available with the 1.6-litre TDCi ECOnetic diesel engine. This engine emits just 88g/km, the lowest emitting Focus in the range, and returns up to 83.1mpg.
Current engine that could be replaced: 85bhp 1.6-litre petrol.
Prices for the Ford Focus start from just £13,995.
Ford Focus ST
The Ford Focus ST is a performance version of the Focus hatchback and has spent a while in the movie limelight as it is set to star in a new blockbuster, The Sweeney.
Its low emissions have baffled some as its 247bhp comes from a low emitting 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine. The Focus ST can achieve a top speed of 154mph and reach 62mph in just 6.5 seconds. These performance figures make the Focus ST the fastest Focus model ever.
Prices for the Ford Focus ST start from £23,095.
The Ford B-max is one of Ford’s latest models and is a small five-seat people carrier.
It has earned the name the ‘Fiesta based SUV’ as its exterior styling is lightly akin to the Fiesta supermini and it has also become popular as it features missing b-pillars, which give the car better accessibility.
The Ford B-max will be available with the frugal 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol with a choice of both 99bhp and 118bhp power outputs. The 1.6-litre TDCi diesel is also available with the B-max.
Current engine that could be replaced: 89bhp 1.4-litre petrol.
Prices for the Ford B-max start from £12,995.
Ford C-Max and Grand C-Max
The C-Max range is renowned for its spacious interior just as much as it is for its handling.
A great car for the family as it comes with the option of both five and seven seats, and with ample stowage space of up to1,723 litres. Although it is considerably bigger, the exterior styling of the C-Max is slightly akin to the popular Focus hatchback.
The C-Max is already available with a 1.6-litre Econetic diesel engine, but will be gaining new petrol variants from the 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol range. This powertrain will be offered with 99bhp and 123bhp. The same variants are available with its bigger brother, the Grand C-Max.
Current engine that could be replaced: 104bhp 1.6-litre petrol.
Prices for the Ford C-Max and Grand C-Max start from £17,700 and £19,800 respectively.
Ford Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom
The Ford Transit has been the best selling van for 46 years in a row, so I think it’s fair to say Ford know what they are doing when it comes to vans.
The Transit Custom is the name of the new generation of Ford Transit Van and will take over as the new multi-purpose van in the Ford range. It offers a sportier appeal than past generations with contour lines and a larger front grille.
The Tourneo Custom however is more of a minibus than a van. It has also been another turning point in terms of style as Ford says that this van will offer the luxury of a saloon with high quality interior equipment.
Both of these vans will benefit from a 2.2-litre TDCi diesel powertrain that will produce 113bhp. This diesel engine is expected to emit CO2 emissions as low as 189g/km.
Coming soon/for the future
The Ford Fiesta was the UK’s top selling car last year and it may surprise some that it did not make the list of new frugal engine additions.
The Fiesta is already available with a 1.6-litre Econetic diesel that produces 94bhp, emits just 95g/km and returns up to 78.5mpg.
However, Ford has said that the Fiesta supermini will be gaining two new engine variants that will be available after September sometime this year.
As the 1.0-litre EcoBoost has been highly successful on the Ford Focus, the Fiesta is likely to gain this engine, with the same two power outputs which include 99bhp and 123bhp. There is no doubt that Fiesta emissions will fall below the 99g/km mark with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost variant.
Current engine that could be replaced: 59bhp 1.25-litre petrol.
Prices for the Ford Fiesta start from £9,795.
Ford Fiesta EcoSport
Although the B-max is commonly labelled as the ‘Fiesta based SUV’, this name tag will be passed on to the new Ford EcoSport, which is in essence a Fiesta based SUV.
Imagine a chunkier version of the Fiesta with a higher ride height and an aerodynamic body kit – that is the Ford EcoSport. Although it is based on the Fiesta there is no denying that it has its own mean style as it features design cues from the Vertrek SUV concept.
The sporty SUV is set to use the 1.0-litre EcoBoost powertrain with the 118bhp power output, which means it will likely have CO2 emissions of around 110g/km.