While most of our readers will be waiting for the high-performance ST version of the new Ford Focus, most of America will be buying up the base versions and today, Ford has just made them happy people.
The base 2012 Ford Focus will get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that will put out 160 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. On top of that, the new motor will be able to muster 40 miles per gallon. Take that Chevrolet.
The new motor will feature direct-injection, twin independent variable camshaft timing and E85 flex-fuel capabilities and will be produced at Ford’s Dearborn plant.
“By combining direct injection and Ti-VCT, we’ve been able to make a quantum leap in fuel economy and performance,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development in a statement. “We’re meeting the goals of our global powertrain strategy, and we now have another key engine in our lineup.”