Ford will be introducing the new the Focus Econetic to the European market, and it claims that the Focus Econetic can achieve up to 80 mpg or equivalent to 67 mpg U.S., which will put way ahead of the Toyota Prius hybrid at 50 mpg.
In comparison, the current 2012 Ford Focus here in the U.S. has a fuel economy rating of 40 miles per gallon, and the standard Euro-spec Focus equipped with the 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel engine has a fuel economy rating of about 55 mpg in U.S cycling test.
“The Focus ECOnetic is a testament to our company’s relentless drive for technological innovation and commitment to environmental leadership,” says Gunnar Herrmann, Ford’s global medium car line director. “It’s also going to be a great car to drive.”
What’s make the Ford Econetic such a fuel miser? For starter, it is powered by a 1.6-liter Duratorq diesel engine producing 103 horsepower. To further achieve fuel efficiency, it combined with bunch of fuel saving technologies such as start-stop, smart regenerative charging, Eco mode and a revised final drive ratio. Furthermore, other aerodynamic enhancements such as active grille shutters on the front fascia that closes and opens to maximize airflow over the car, and special low-drag wheel covers were all helped to the total fuel saving.
Additionally, the Ford Focus EConetic is expected to provide a very low CO2 emissions of less than 95g/km, and Ford plans to have the CO2 emission number certify by the end of this year.
The Focus Econetic will be available in both four- and five-door versions, which will make its official debut at the Amsterdam Motor Show next week. It likely that the U.S. won’t get to see this diesel-powered Focus Econetic anytime soon.