Ford to launch mild-hybrid Fiesta and Focus in 2020

Ford will launch mild-hybrid versions of the Fiesta and Focus in 2020, as part of the start of a “significant” electrification programme.

The two models will be launched at an event next week alongside mild-hybrid versions of its Transit van and Tourneo people mover. Ford also says it will reveal “significant electrification, commercial vehicle and SUV news” at the event, which will include a “diverse family of electrified powertrain solutions”.

Ford has previously announced that every vehicle it launches in the future, including new nameplates and new versions of existing models, will be offered with a mild-hybrid, hybrid, plug-in hybrid or battery-electric powertrain.

Named the Fiesta Ecoboost Hybrid and Focus Ecoboost Hybrid, the two models will feature Ford’s 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine mated to a 48V belt-driven starter motor. The use of that system, which can deploy extra electrically generated torque under acceleration, has allowed Ford engineers to fit a larger turbocharger.

While Ford has not yet given performance figures for the power unit, it says the Fiesta has anticipated CO2 emissions of 112g/km, with a fuel economy of 57.6mpg. It anticipates the Focus will achieve CO2 emissions of 106g/km and a fuel economy of 60.1mpg. These figures are NEDC-correlated numbers produced on the WLTP test cycle.

The two vehicles join the existing Mondeo Hybrid.

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