Updated: 2012 Ford Focus to get direct-injected 2.0by Mark Kleis
In what will be the single most ambitious year of new engines and transmission launches in Ford's history, the blue oval will be introducing nine engines and six transmissions in models for the first time in 2010. Among the new engines, Ford will introduce its first direct-injected, naturally aspirated engine in North America in the 2012 model year Focus near the end of 2010.
Ford has pushed its addition of direct-injection quite heavily alongside its new use of turbocharging for adding power and efficiency to its vehicles - but until now, Ford hasn't introduced an engine to the North American market that features direct injection without also utilizing forced induction.
Ford has now released minor details on its next Ford Focus, which is set for a truly global launch in late 2010 as a 2012 model year vehicle. Ford says this next Focus will feature a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine equipped with direct-injection for increased fuel efficiency and power - but without a turbocharger.
"Ford is delivering on our commitment to lower emissions, improve fuel economy and deliver the highest quality powertrains in the industry," said Barb Samardzich, Ford vice president, powertrain engineering.
Speaking with The Detroit News about a Congressional delegation visiting the Detroit show, Ford spokesman Mike Moran let slip that the new Focus would be in attendance. "We are delighted that Speaker Pelosi and her leadership team are coming for a firsthand look at our newest products like our global small car the Ford Focus, a view of our electrification strategies and many more advanced technologies, " he said.
Leftlane has not obtained any specific power or fuel economy numbers for the upcoming Ford Focus yet, but we will have new information early next week coming from the Detroit Auto Show live.