Ford of Europe plans to bring significant electrification, commercial vehicle and SUV news at the Go Further event that will take place on April 2 in Amsterdam.
The automaker has confirmed it will unveil 48-volt mild-hybrid Fiesta and Focus models as part of a new lineup of hybrid and all-electric cars, SUVs, and commercial vehicles.
The Fiesta EcoBoost Hybrid and Focus EcoBoost Hybrid will be introduced next year with a mild-hybrid architecture designed to enhance fuel efficiency as well as deliver “more powerful and responsive performance.”
Both models will feature a belt-driven integrated starter/generator (BISG) replacing the standard alternator. Its job is to enable recovery and storage of energy usually lost during braking and coasting to charge a 48-volt lithium-ion air-cooled battery pack.
The BISG also acts as an electric motor, using the stored energy to provide torque assistance to the three-cylinder 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine during normal driving and acceleration. The belt-driven integrated starter/generator also runs the vehicle’s electric ancillaries.
Ford says the electric torque assistance helps deliver punchier, more responsive performance, particularly at lower engine speeds that will contribute to a more flexible and connected driving experience.
Since the BISG also mitigates turbo lag, it allowed engineers to add a larger turbocharger to the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine for more power. Ford hasn’t provided specifics, only releasing projected fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
The Fiesta EcoBoost Hybrid is expected to average 4.9 lt/100 km (57.6 mpg UK) and 112 g/km of CO2, while the Focus EcoBoost Hybrid will be even more efficient, with 4.7 lt/100 km (60.1 mpg UK) and 106 g/km of CO2, respectively.
Besides the Fiesta and Focus, later this year Ford will also introduce mild-hybrid powertrains to the Transit 2-tonne and Transit Custom vans, as well as the Tourneo Custom people-mover.
Note: Regular Ford Fiesta and Focus models pictured