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Designed and engineered at Ford’s UK R&D centre, the acclaimed three-cylinder engine combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing to lower fuel consumption, without sacrificing power.
The global automotive leader has confirmed plans to double production of the engine at its Cologne, Germany engine plant to more than 1,000 a day from mid-August in an effort to meet increased demands.
Ford Vice-President, Global Powertrain, Joe Bakaj commented:
“With a technology as mature as the internal combustion engine, it’s very rare to achieve a true breakthrough, but that is exactly what the team accomplished with this engine. You have to drive it to believe a small three-cylinder engine can deliver such performance and fuel economy.”
Small enough to fit in an aeroplanes overhead luggage compartment, the 1.0 litre EcoBoost is currently offered in Ford small and medium cars, such as the Ford Fiesta, Focus, B-MAX, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX.
In the future, the engine is intended to power larger vehicles, including the new Ford Mondeo, as well as commercial models like the Transit Connect and Transit Courier, and people movers Tourneo Connect and Tourneo Courier.
A panel of 87 automotive journalists hailing from 35 countries judged the awards on driveability, performance, economy, refinement and the successful application of advanced engine technology. Ford is just one of three auto-manufacturers to record back-to-back victories in the 15-year history of the awards.
Co-Chairman of the 15th International Engine of the Year awards and editor of Engine Technology International Magazine, Dean Slavnich said:
“Baby EcoBoost – Ford’s first-ever three-cylinder design – is still the engine to beat across the board. It’s economical in real-world conditions while the compact turbo helps ensure that the entire package can power larger vehicles like the Grand C-MAX with ease.”
Currently available for customers buying Ford’s new EcoSport in India and China, the engine is being steadily rolled out across the world, with a Fiesta offered in North America scheduled for later in the year.