What size engine is in the 2012 Ford Focus that was recently shown at the Detroit Auto Show?”
The 2012 Ford Focus, which Ford is unveiling in five-door hatchback and four-door sedan versions at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, isn’t the first time that the company has tried to design one “world car” for all its major markets. The “world car” has been to international automakers what low-fat donuts are to lovers of regular donuts — the impossible dream. So we’ve been down this road with Ford before with cars like the Contour and the old Fiesta. Hell, even the Model T was something of a world car. But as Ford Motor Company tries to reconcile its bread-and-butter offerings under the One Ford banner, the Focus represents the purest example of the world car ethos yet. It will be the first offering to be designed from the outset with all markets in mind. (The North American Fiesta has had to be reworked from its Euro origins to work here and the Transit Connect van is just an imported oddity). You might have noticed by now that the Focus is listed as a 2012 model. The thing goes into prod
The only thing I don’t like about the 2012 Ford Focus is that it’s still a year away from arriving in dealerships. In the sedan and the five-door, you can finally see that Ford’s kinetic design captured lightning in a bottle. On paper, the design is supposed to convey motion. But in person, it says “smoking hot.” The multifaceted sides with strong character lines give the Focus a distinctive and modern appeal. The elongated headlights — that stretch up to the hood and cut into the fenders — say high tech and elegant. It’s friendly but aggressive. It might coddle you or smack you in the mouth. Or both. Advertisement Then there’s the roofline — clean and elegant, and so sexy Robert Mapplethorpe should have had the chance to photograph it — with a leather interior, of course. The Focus takes advantage of as many high-tech features as possible to enhance the car’s ride and performance, as well as the driver’s comfort. Ford will give the Focus an all-new 2-liter direct injection four-cy
Ford will give the Focus an all-new 2-liter direct injection four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission that should push its highway mileage close to 40 miles per gallon (final figures are not available). There is even electric-power steering, which Ford uses to lighten engine load and dial in precise steering. For engine geeks and mechanics (everyone else can nod their heads knowingly), the new inline four uses two camshafts, one for the intake valves and the other for the exhaust. It goes a step further and uses a solenoid to move each shaft to retard or advance the intake or exhaust valves and provide better timing.