Ford Philippines no longer offers sedans or hatchbacks models in the country. While we may no longer be getting models like the Fiesta or the Focus, the Blue Oval brand continues to sell them elsewhere in the world.
In fact, the two continue to be hot-selling models in Europe, and a few weeks back, Ford even introduced the updated Fiesta featuring an electrified powertrain for the first time ever. Now, its much bigger sibling, the Focus, has also been fitted with the same mild-hybrid powertrain.
Powering the Focus is a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder EcoBoost engine and is helped along by a belt-driven integrated starter/generator (BISG), which replaces the standard alternator. The system enables energy recovery often lost from braking and coasting which then charges a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack under the front seats. It also acts as an electric motor to provide an additional torque for better fuel efficiency and improved performance.
To further improve fuel economy, the mild-hybrid 1.0-liter mill features cylinder deactivation, a bigger turbocharger, and a lower compression ratio. As a result, Ford claims the electrified Focus can do 21.8 km/l based on Europe’s new WLPT cycle.
Ford will offer the Focus EcoBoost Hybrid in two power levels – 155 PS and 125 PS. Both variants are available with either an 8-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual. It also will be available in the wagon, hatchback, and sedan body styles. The non-hybrid 1.0-liter EcoBoost and 1.5-liter EcoBoost, as well as the 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter diesel mills, have been retained.
Aside from the new powertrain, the other significant update on the Focus is the new fully-digital instrument cluster. Situated in front of the driver is a new 12.3-inch digital display that promises “detailed, high definition, more intuitive images, and icons” and is easier to read. FordPass connect now comes standard as well, which notifies drivers of hazardous situations beyond their field of vision.
It is unlikely the Focus or the Fiesta will be offered in the Philippines again any time soon. So for now, all we can do is look at what Ford Europe is getting that the Asia Pacific market is not receiving.