New Ford Focus RS needs a greener engineFebruary 11, 2020
Due to the stricter environmental standards that apply in Europe, the American automaker will have to look for a replacement for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine.
Back in December 2019, the specialized media started talking about the new generation of the Ford Focus RS, which will receive an electrified power plant with a return of over 400 hp. Now, according to the foreign portal motor1.com, a new job could be found for brand engineers. Due to environmental standards that regularly change in European countries, the brand will have to rethink its new product strategy. Initially, the Americans planned to equip their “charged” Focus with the so-called “soft” hybrid, consisting of a 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbo engine and an electric engine.
From the latest Autocar report, we learn that a “soft” hybrid is not enough to fit the model with the new EU CO2 regulations. According to media reports, in the end, the brand can make a choice in favor of a complete hybrid.
Adjustment of plans means that the chances of getting to know the new Focus RS this year are extremely small. The new dates that can be found in specialized publications are 2022 or 2023. In addition, it is reported that the brand is moving from the 2.3-liter EcoBoost of the previous Focus RS to a modified version of the new 2.5-liter Atkinson engine, working in conjunction with a CVT and four-wheel drive. This is a fully hybrid engine, which today is put on the new Ford Kuga for Europe.
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