Smaller but higher performing engines are gradually phasing out the big types. This we go on for a while as automakers are doing a lot to meet up with the gas-mileage standards. New engines are now reaching beyond the average of 40 miles per gallon. One of the engines that have been engineered to meet up with this gas-mileage standard is the 2014 Ford Focus direct-injected and turbocharged 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine. This engine made its first public appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September. It is coming as a replacement for the non-turbo 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine.
Although the newly introduced engine is already on sale in the European, according to the Motor Trend, the EcoBoost engine is not expected to get to the U.S. anytime soon. 2014 Ford Focus will not come before 2014! Critics and reviewers drove the European versions, and assured us that we can relax. They were impressed by its in-gear pickup. With a “top of the class” 125 horsepower, 147 pound-feet of torque output and an astonishing quietness, the Focus 2014 model is a mile ahead of other entry-level engines of most compact cars. Ford has also announced that it is targeting between 50 to 55 mpg with this engine.
The new generation 2014 Focus RS is also preparing to make an appearance. It will debut with a new 4-cylinder 2.3-litre Ecoboost engine (the engine is also expected to come with the next Mustang sports car) that is expected to deliver between 300 to 350bhp and some cutting edge technologies. Ford aims to boost power with the engine while optimising the fuel economy by using a direct injection and turbocharging. There is a bad news though; the Focus RS 2014 is not expected to come before 2014 or even 2015.
2014 Ford Focus RS
Ford has already ruled out the possibility of producing an All-Wheel Drive Focus RS 2014. The flagship Focus will continue to be a front-wheel drive. A Revo-Knuckle front suspension is expected to be used in the 2014 Focus RS. This will help in reducing the torque steer we noticed on the previous Focus RS model. Merging the knuckle into the front suspension will help to reduce the steering wheel see-saw action that happens when the car is on high speed.
2014 Focus Electric
The first full-electric car, the Focus 2014 Electric model that is also coming will compete directly with the range-extender Volt and Nissan’s all-electric Leaf. It will have a 100kW electric motor and 23kWh lithium-ion battery. The Focus Electric will have a range of about 120km, and thanks to a large on-board charger, it takes the Focus electric half the time it takes the Nissan Leaf to be fully charged.
As a measure to help users cut down on their electricity bill by reducing charging costs, Ford has also introduced Microsoft-developed software (this selects affordable electricity provider) in the Electric car model. The EV technology is expensive; affordability is always an issue with cars. At a price of about $39,995, the new Focus electric is a bit more expensive than the conventional Focus. So, if you are going to get the 2014 Ford Focus, the conventional model may be a better choice for now.