2013 Focus w/1.6 EcoBoost

Offer the 2013 Focus with the 1.6 EcoBoost so all models(5-door/sedan) achieve 40+ mpg, but with the power of the current 2.0L engine and Auto Start-Stop technology that's currently being offered in Europe.
Tom McAllister 07/30/2013
I found this thread because this combination is exactly what i would like to buy in a 5 door focus.  I recently rented the 5 door SE 2.5 and really liked the car.  I am adult enough that i really don't want to pay for the ST, but a SE with leather, a 6 speed manual and the 1.6 turbo would be a kick to drive.  Do it FORD!!!
Vincent C 01/03/2013
I like the idea, just make sure it doesn't catch fire like the Fusion and Escape 1.6.
Frank B 06/26/2012
Ecoboost 1.6 with 6-speed manual...ideal. So much positive press for the EB1.6 in the Escape....seems like a no-brainer. I am most interested in the torque benefits.
Paul M 06/21/2012
Ben, the HP isn't why the EcoBoost is wanted - it's the excellent torque curve. Having peak torque available for a large part of the RPM range means hill climbs and passing takes less effort and often no downshifting. And while changing a timing belt can be an annoyance, at 12k miles a year most people won't need to change it until the 8th year of ownership - possibly later depending service life of the belt. I wouldn't worry about it too much.
Tim G. 05/31/2012
Agree with Ben S. Especially about the belts. You are already paying a premium for Ecoboost in hopes of saving some money, but will the belt replacement turn around and eat that savings?
If you are paying extra for the premium engine why not do it right and have a chain for a few bucks more? I would like to see Ford change that. Timing belts are one of my dealbreakers.
Well V 05/24/2012
Focus is a great car. Kudos to Ford for doing a splendid job. Just signed up for this sight and again pretty forward thinking. Focus needs stop\start and a 6 – Speed manual
Ben S. 05/02/2012
Bad idea, since the 1.6L EcoBoost won't get any better mileage when you push it than the 2.0L GDI, and the fact that it requires an expensive cam belt service every 60-100k miles vs a chain which never needs to be replaced is reason enough for me to prefer the naturally aspirated 2.0L engine over the 150 hp 1.6L EcoBoost engine which is closest to the power level of the 2.0L.

I wouldn't mind seeing it as an available choice for people who want to feel that they are getting better mpg than they really are, but personally in this size car a naturally aspirated engine is the correct choice. All 2012 Job 2 built Focus models already feature the active grille shutters and flex fuel compatibility, but a 6 speed manual and the 1.0L i3 EcoBoost would be the more efficient choice for the fiesta and focus.
Michael Bashta 01/29/2012
We definitely need this! Start/stop and active grill shutters should also be standard on all models!
Oscar Garcia 11/25/2011
I think this is a perfect idea. The 1.6L ecoboost engine would be much more fuel efficient and provide a better driving experience than the 2.0 currently offered in the U.S. It probably cost a bit more to produce, but I think Ford would find a large market for it. I myself considered buying a focus, but wanted a manual and walked away because the current 5 speed S model was a disappointment.
Robert B. 09/14/2011
The 1.6 ecoboost IS the logical choice for the Focus. The HP may be at 150, 160, and 180 (three different versions of the same engine), but TORQUE is what matters - and that engine has lots of it, as low as at 1750 RPM!!! Now, that's VW TDI territory and that's VERY interesting!!! But if Ford is to stick with the 2.0, at least offer a decent 6-speed manual, like the one currently in the Fusion... Thank you.
Luc M. 08/24/2011
The 1.6 Ecoboost comes in three versions: 150 HP, 160 HP, and 180 HP. The 150 runs on regular gas while the 180 runs on super. Don't knock out the 150 version: although it seems less powerful that the 160 of the 2.0, its torque is at 240 ft-lbs at 1600 RPM, and that, my friend, is in the VW TDI territory. It is better in fuel (than the 2.0) and provides a lot, a lot more torque at much lower RPM. The 1.6 Ecoboost (150) is indeed a beauty of an engine. To top it off, it is mated to a 6-speed manual, the 6th gear being rated at .687 to keep the revs low and for better mileage on the highway. I'm in love - if it comes here, that is...
Luc M. 08/20/2011
Yes, of course, since that only makes sense. The new focus comes from Europe, so should the engine. The 1.6 Ecoboost with the 6-speed manual being a sporty engine in comparison to the regular and actual 2.0, it should therefore be an option on the SE Sport and above (SEL and Titanium). How about that to clarify your idea - if common sense comes to Ford...
Michael Bradley 08/19/2011
Which Current 1.6 Ecoboost are you asking for? One has power that exceeds the 2.0L engine currently offered in the US.
Brad Krekelberg 08/19/2011
I believe the 1.6 Ecoboost has 180hp vs. the 2.0L at 160. Why would you want less power? Other than that, I agree. I would buy a Focus with this engine if it came here. With a 6-speed MANUAL, please.