1.6-Liter EcoBoost I-4 Debuts under the Hood of UK Focus

Ford’s EcoBoost engine lineup is expanding with a new 178-hp 1.6-liter turbocharged I-4. The long-awaited 1.6-liter EcoBoost recently shown in the Fiesta ST Concept will debut as an optional engine on the new Ford Focus Zetec S in the United Kingdom.

The EcoBoost 1.6-liter I-4 is intended to make the newly created Ford Focus Zetec S a stopgap hot hatch while Britons wait for the Focus ST to arrive early next year. Under the hood of the Focus Zetec S the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-banger is good for 178-hp, a 0-62 mph time of 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 138 mph. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4 will be available with a five-speed manual and six-speed dual-clutch automatic.

As a Focus ST placeholder, the Focus Zetec S (available initially as a five-door hatch, with a wagon available starting in February) looks the part. The Zetec S gets a “sport styling kit” with unique front and rear spoilers, lower sill extensions, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Backing up the show is a sport suspension with stiffer springs and dampers for sportier handling.

In the U.K., the Focus Zetec S is priced equivalent to the Focus Titanium, which costs $23,495 in the New World. Would an EcoBoost 1.6-liter I-4 be an engine you’d want to see available in Focus in the United States? Should it replace the current naturally-aspirated, direct-injected 2.0? Should it be in addition to it? Will we soon see it under the hood of a U.S.-spec Fiesta ST? Should Ford follow GM and Mazda’s lead with a U.S. diesel offering for 2013? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Ford


Phil Gr8
Three things Americans won't buy. Diesels, 2 door hatchbacks, & wagons. I would like to see all the above.
~ FORD ROCKS! ~ The Eco-boost line up proves this! Ford needs to add a small Diesel engine to the mix as well that will show the consumer 55+ MPG Highway, like the FWD Ford Escort offered years ago!. The Ford Focus Wagon is needed here in the USA to make the perfect/ complete Diesel package. Buy American, :)
"Will we soon see it under the hood of a U.S.-spec Fiesta ST?" I sure hope so. I wonder if some will wait for the ST, rather than buying that Focus zetec. I would certainly think about that if I was making a car purchase. :/
I would buy either a Focus or a Fiesta with this engine if they offer it in a 2 door hatchback! If not, I'm looking forward to the 2013 GTI.
The 2.0 is the best inline four that the folks at the blue oval have ever produced. Just add the 1.6 to the line-up.

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