Ford fits 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine to the next Mondeo
Maker breaks new ground in engine downsizing
Thursday 06 September 2012
Ford will break new ground in engine downsizing when it offers its tiny 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine in the next version of its big Mondeo saloon.
The 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost has already impressed professional testers and mainstream car buyers alike in the Focus and the B-Max and will shortly turn up in the Fiesta too. Turbocharging and other tricks have given the 1.0 EcoBoost the power and refinement of a normally aspirated engine almost twice its size but it will be interesting to see how mainstream car buyers, accustomed to using engine size as a proxy for performance, will take to such a small power unit in a car as big as the Mondeo. Ford hasn't yet revealed full details but is promising “best in class” fuel economy and CO2 emissions of less than 130g/km.
The innovative 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine reflects a broader shift in Ford's market positioning. For the best part of a century it built its reputation as a pioneer of mass production techniques and sometimes stylish but always basic and affordable cars. First it worked on the sophistication of its products, becoming a leader in chassis development, and now it is increasingly becoming an aggressive technical innovator, both in drivetrains with the 1.0 EcoBoost- so far unmatched by any other manufacturer – and in-car technology such as the voice-driven SYNC system.
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