Next Ford Focus RS to Come with Diesel Engine

Ford is reportedly considering using a high performance diesel engine (although some say that performance has nothing in common with diesel units) for the next iteration of the Focus RS which will go on sale in the next few years.

Commenting on the topic, Ford of Britain sales director John Wellsman told Autoblog UK that equipping the future Focus RS with a diesel engine would be a smart choice not only for the company but also for buyers who are looking for reduced running costs.

But, as far as the American based carmaker is concerned, the upcoming RS could be very well offered with both engines, thus allowing potential customers choose between diesel and gasoline.

"A diesel version would work very well in the RS," Wellsman was quoted as saying by the aforementioned source. "Running costs were expensive on the outgoing RS – especially fuel – a diesel would change that. The RS would have to be three-door in my opinion – it needs to look different to the range. The prospect of the RS gives us a lot to look forward to."

Up until now, diesel engines managed to raise to the expectations in RS competitions, such as the ones coming from Volkswagen Group. In this regard, Ford dealers are nothing than confident that a diesel engine for the high-performance RS would be just the thing this model needs to become a market success.

"A diesel engine that offered similar performance to the petrol unit is just what the RS needs," Autoblog UK quoted a British dealer. "The diesel engines are now really drivable and other brands have done well with performance versions, like Skoda and its vRS. I think a diesel is a great idea and would sell very well."
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