US-based giant car manufacturer Ford Motor Co. is planning to introduce one of the smallest engines ever created into the auto market. According to the company, 90 percent of its vehicles will be equipped with EcoBoost powertrains in the United States by 2013.
Ford’s EcoBoost 1.0 liter, three-cylinder engine will be the smallest model in the company’s portfolio and it will find its way under the hood of vehicles across the globe. This kind of engines will have a great impact regarding how we’ll look at the gas pump, at least from a money perspective.
“No one has ever built a three-cylinder engine quite like this. I’s one of the most technically advanced and efficient engines we’ve ever designed. The new engine introduces many new technologies that could be part of the DNA of future Ford engines,” claimed Ford’s vice president of powertrain engineering Joe Bakaj.
Ford officials claim that the EcoBoost series is capable to deliver 20-30 percent better fuel economy. Besides this, the 1.0-liter triple will be able to generate similar power to the automaker’s 1.6-liter naturally aspirated four cylinder engine, which performs from 150 to 180 bhp.
So far, the company hasn’t divulged specific power output or fuel economy numbers but it plans to announce more information about this engine at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. “Since Ford is benchmarking its 1.6-liter engine here – the powerplant used in the Fiesta – we’d expect that this EcoBoost three almost certainly slot into Ford’s smallest offering here in the States.”
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