Ford confirms 1.0-litre engine for North American market

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Ford`s EcoBoost range of engines focus on delivering improved fuel economy with comparable power output to larger displacement engines. In 2006, Ford Motor Company promised to offer EcoBoost engines on 90 percent of its North American lineup by the year 2013. Now, the American automaker takes another step towards this goal by confirming that it will bring a new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine to the North American and global automotive markets.

The new EcoBoost 1.0-litre engine has just three cylinders and will be the smallest engine in Ford`s lineup. It was designed at Ford`s Dunton Technical Centre in the United Kingdom. Despite its diminutive size, the three-cylinder engine was designed to offer the same performance as a four-cylinder unit and also improved fuel economy and reduced emissions.

"The new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine will come in at the lower end of the global range and will take the place of a four-cylinder engine, again with no loss of performance or refinement," said Ford Vice President of Global Powertrain Engineering, Joe Bakaj. "Above all, drivers win because this new engine is specifically designed and engineered for terrific fuel economy."

Ford says the new engine will deliver the kind of horsepower and torque that are characteristic of larger 1.6-litre gasoline engines. It makes use of an offset crankshaft which is claimed to improve fuel economy. There's also a split cooling feature, which makes the cylinder block warm up faster than the cylinder head, as well as a one-piece exhaust manifold and cylinder head. The one-piece design improves weight savings, allows for a wider rpm range, and an optimum fuel-to-air ratio.

"No one's ever built a three-cylinder engine quite like this," added Bakaj. "Not only is it one of the most technically advanced and efficient engines we've ever designed, but it will introduce a number of new technologies to the Ford engine lineup."  

Seeing as Ford wants to add EcoBoost engines to 90 percent of its vehicle lineup by 2013, expect the new three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine to debut in just a few years time if not before.
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Ford, Engine,

Organizations: North American

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