Ford working on a 1.0-liter three-cylinder powerplant, 8-speed transmission

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 2, 2011

Ford Motor Co. revealed that work is ongoing for a 1.0-liter three-cylinder powerplant with EcoBoost technology – the smallest engine that it has ever developed. Ford didn’t provide production dates but it’s anticipated that it will be used in smaller Ford vehicles within several years. Ford explained that the engine has an output that’s comparable to a 1.6-liter four-cylinder powerplant.

In a company statement, Ford product boss Derrick Kuzak referred to this engine as a "dynamo" but its specific horsepower and torque ratings have not been announced yet.

The three-cylinder EcoBoost engine was previewed in the Start concept displayed at the 2010 Beijing auto show. Ford said that it will provide further details about this engine at the Frankfurt motor show this September.

The engine, which was developed by UK engineers, is expected to be heavily promoted in Europe where fuel costs are higher than in the U.S. This engine features EcoBoost technology bin and makes use of turbocharging, direct injection and twin-independent variable camshaft timing.

Joe Bakaj, vice president of powertrain engineering, said that consumers have stopped looking at the displacement or how many cylinders there are. Ford’s fuel economy ratings have improved by up to 20% by shrinking its engines and by utilizing direct-injection technology that puts in exact amounts of fuel to cylinders.

He said that Ford is hoping to achieve similar gains with this engine. U.S. regulators are establishing regulations that may require companies to reach an average fuel economy of up to 62 mpg by 2025, compared to only requiring 27 mpg for 2011 models.

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