The new hot-hatch Ford Focus RS will keep the current motor, but it will become more powerful and will receive support in the form of a starter-generator.
The production of the current Ford Focus RS will be completed on April 6, but the next generation of the charged hatchback will not have to wait for a long time. According to the British edition of Autocar, the release of the new RS is scheduled for 2020, and also confirms information about the transition to a hybrid power plant.
Under the hood of the Focus RS hatchback of 2020 there will be a current 4-cylinder turbo engine with a capacity of 2.3 liters, although its power will be increased. The key gain will be a “soft” hybrid system in combination with a 48-volt electrical system and an integrated starter-generator. It is assumed that the total return of such a kit will be 400 hp. and 576 Nm of torque. The only available gearbox will be an automatic with a dual clutch, rather than a six-speed manual like the current model.
The hybrid system will also be able to compensate for the lack of traction at the time of the change of gear, and the built-in starter-generator will provide additional acceleration during acceleration from the place. In addition, the new Focus will be lighter than its predecessor by about 50 kg (the actual hatch weighs 1 322 kg), which is quite good considering the increase due to the hybrid power plant.
If the information about the power of 400 hp. confirmed, the Ford Focus RS will compete with the new Mercedes-AMG A45, under the hood of which will be located 400-strong two-liter 4-cylinder turbo in conjunction with the all-wheel drive.
Recall, the standard Ford Focus new, the fourth generation will debut on April 10. European sales of the model will begin before the end of this year.