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Ford's 1.6L EcoBoost I-4 debuting Focus Zetec in UK - Fiesta ST fever?

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This is very good, and interesting news. Ford UK announced that they will producing a Focus with their 1.6L Ecoboost I-4. The same engine that will be available on the 2013 Escape next year. And even better news, the same engine that Fiesta ST concept has. Therefore a even better chance that Ford will produce a ST brand for the U.S. Fiesta. Just my thoughts.

Here is the original press release from ford:
FORD ADDS SPORTIEST MODEL YET TO ALL-NEW FOCUS LINE-UP

* New Ford Focus Zetec S developed for the UK market
* Sportiest series ahead of 2012 Focus ST with 250PS
* Standard features include full body styling kit, 17in alloy wheels, sports suspension, rear LED tail lamps and sports pedals
* Priced from £18,745 on the road, equivalent to a Focus Titanium
* Choice of four engines including the 1.6-litre 180PS EcoBoost petrol which debuts in the UK and features fuel-saving ECOnetic technologies
* On sale now

Brentwood, Essex, 29 November 2011– Ford introduces the sporty Zetec S to its acclaimed all-new Focus line up. Developed specifically for UK customers, Zetec S combines sporty styling with the debut of the 1.6-litre 180PS EcoBoost petrol engine.

Based on the existing Zetec model, it adds a full sports styling kit including unique front and rear spoilers with lower sill extensions and 17in alloy wheels together with sports suspension featuring stiffened springs and dampers, aluminium-style sports pedals, rear LED tail lamps and Ford Power starter button.

Anthony Ireson, Ford Britain marketing director, said: "Zetec S models have always been popular with UK customers and so we are delighted to welcome our new Focus Zetec S to the range. With sporty exterior body styling and impressive performance and economy, this latest addition is set to be another showroom hit."

The Ford Focus Zetec S is available now in five-door bodystyle with estate to follow in February 2012, and is offered with a choice of four engines including the 1.6-litre 180PS EcoBoost turbo-charged petrol engine which has a top speed of 138mph, reaches 0-62mph in just 7.9sec and emits only 139g/km CO2. Any Focus Zetec S chosen with this engine or the 1.6-litre 115PS TDCi will carry the ECOnetic Technology badge, as they benefit from auto start-stop, Ford ECO mode, gear shift indicator, active grille shutter and smart regenerative charging.

The 1.6-litre 125PS Ti-VCT petrol and the 2.0-litre 163PS TDCi are also available and can be specified with either manual or PowerShift automatic transmission.

At £18,745 on the road the Focus Zetec S is priced just £1,250 above the equivalent Zetec derivative, which represents outstanding value, as if purchased separately, the additional features would add over £1,700. The Zetec S and Titanium are identically priced so customers can choose either sport or luxury at the same price point.

Options include the technology-laden Driver Assistance Pack which has received several awards, cruise control with Active Speed Limiter and a Zetec S interior pack featuring Inferno Red partial leather, heated front seats, power driver seat, power rear windows and global closing for £800.00.
 

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