Ford's first gasoline direct-injected engine to come to the U.S. is confirmed as having 160 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque, when the 2.0-liter unit arrives in the 2012 Focus. Both of these figures come alongside a fuel economy estimate of 40 mpg in highway driving when matched to Ford's upcoming six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Ford's new 2.0-liter engine is rife with technology that makes such impressive figures possible. Not only does the engine feature direct-injection, but it also offers twin independent variable camshaft timing (what Ford refers to as Ti-VCT) and is E85 flex fuel capable. E85 represents a fuel blend of 85 percent gasoline and 15 percent corn-based ethanol.
The result is an engine that produces a full 20 horsepower and 10 pound-feet more than the current 2011 Ford Focus' 2.0-liter I4. That horsepower figure also appears to put the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze's base engine to shame. The Cruze's 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4 is said to produce 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, while achieving similar highway fuel economy.
Would the 2012 Ford Focus' extra 22 horsepower over the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze influence your preference over the two cars? Or do the similar torque and highway fuel economy figures level the playing field? Let us know in the comments section below.