Rendering of 2011 Ford FocusEnlarge Photo
If you know where to look, Ford Motor Company has told the world plenty about the upcoming 2011 Ford Focus. According to Ford, the Focus we'll get is based on the model currently sold in Europe. Auto journalists over there like it plenty.
2009 Ford Focus SEnlarge Photo
The current 2009 Ford Focus — really quite a good small car — will go on mostly unchanged through the 2010 model year. Midway through next year, the new 2011 model will come on line. There will be two body styles:
Unfortunately, unlike Europe, we don't get the two-door hatch, or the hot RS version that comes as a two-door over there. Ford is taking a more conservative path with our new Focus.
Power for the 2011 Focus will include a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, likely to displace 1.6 liters. There will also be an EcoBoost version that features direct fuel injection and turbocharging. The EcoBoost 1.6-liter is expected to put out approximately 180 horsepower. In Europe, Ford does produce smaller gasoline engines that are in the same engine family as the 1.6-liter, and these displace 1.4- and 1.25-liters. It is conceivable that one of these smaller displacement in-line fours may be the 2011 Focus's standard engine.
An auto-stop feature could be introduced on this engine. When a vehicle comes to a stop, the electronic control unit immediately synchronizes the engine’s systems for restart. Once the brake pedal is released or the gas pedal is engaged, a short starter engagement triggers the direct fuel injection system to fill the cylinders with fuel, initiate combustion and start the engine, producing the no-hesitation vehicle launch. An advanced battery management system converts braking energy into electricity and stores it to keep electrical systems operating while the engine is not running.
It is unlikely that a diesel will be available at the start of production, but an all-electric version may be. Focus battery-electric vehicle, which is being developed in partnership with Magna International, features a high-voltage electric motor powered by a high capacity Lithium Ion battery pack and charged by plugging in to a 110-volt or 220-volt outlet.
Based on what we're seeing in other Ford vehicles, we'd expect gearboxes to include six-speed automatic and manual transmissions. However, there is a chance the 2011 Focus could get Ford’s dual-clutch PowerShift six-speed transmission (already fitted to some European Volvo models including the C30), which delivers the efficiency of a manual with the ease of operation of a premium automatic transmission. It's essentially a dual-clutch gearbox like those offered by Audi and Porsche. Due to cost, Ford may not use the gearbox on the Focus, but save it for more uplevel vehicles, but so far, things are looking good.
As we are able to gather together more information the 2011 Ford Focus, we'll keep you posted. Tune in to our colleagues at Motor Authority for spy shots of the 2011 Ford Focus.