2020 Ford Focus mild hybrid claims 17 per cent better fuel efficiency

Published 23 June 2020

The Ford Focus is getting a 1.0-litre EcoBoost mild hybrid powertrain for 2020. The new engine choice is available now and produces 155PS and 116g/km CO2. Prices start at £23,610.

Ford claims the 2020 Focus hybrid is 17 per cent more fuel efficient compared with the outgoing equivalent - the 150PS 1.5‑litre EcoBoost petrol engine and six-speed manual transmission, which is being phased out.

The 1.0-litre - as debuted on the Ford Puma - is paired exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox in Titanium trim upwards. A 125PS version, priced from £24,260, is also available. Both units are advertised with 51.4mpg, an increase on the 1.5-litre engine’s 48.7mpg claimed economy.

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The EcoBoost Hybrid recovers energy when braking and coasting to charge a 48V lithium ion battery. The engine has also been modified for optimal efficiency and uses a lower compression ratio and a larger turbocharger to prevent turbo lag. Power is boosted by up to 50 per cent at low revs, according to Ford.

The battery pack is located under the front seats, which means space inside the cabin remains the same as the standard petrol or diesel Focus.

The updated Focus features the addition of a fully-digital instrument cluster. The 12-inch LCD instrument cluster provides is brighter and more-detailed than the previous system, and integrates Ford's Hazard Warning technology.

Ford has also introduced the base-level Zetec trim into the Focus range for the first time (albeit not with the mild hybrid powertrain) - meaning the 2020 Focus is available as a Zetec, ST-Line, Titanium, SUV-inspired Active or range-topping Vignale.

Available from £22,210, it’s equipped as standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, an 8-inch touchscreen, a wireless charging pad and a range of safety tech - including pre-collision assist, autonomous emergency braking and lane-keep assist. Front and Rear parking sensors and Powerfold mirrors are also fitted as standard.

The new mild hybrid option is joined by a range of 1.0-litre petrol engines, as well as 1.5 (120PS)and 2.0-litre (150PS) diesel options.

The Focus is the fourth model in Ford’s passenger car range to adopt mild-hybrid technology as part of the carmaker's plans to electrify all of its models by the end of 2021.

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