Ford has just announced the smallest engine it’s ever built: a 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine
Ford has introduced its smallest engine yet using their modern and hip EcoBoost forced-induction technology. They have been downsizing engines from V8 to turbocharged V6 and from V6 to turbo four-bangers. Continuing the trend this 1.0 L three-cylinder engine uses the EcoBoost to bring most economical and eco-friendly engine yet.
To make it much more fuel friendly Ford has implemented many technologies other than their EcoBoost turbochargers. These include:
- Split cooling system which allows cylinder block to warm faster, saving fuel during warm-up phase in cold days.
- Exhaust manifold is cast as one piece with the cylinder head, lowering exhaust gases temperature allowing the engine to run in a wider rpm band with the optimum fuel-to-air ratio.
- The 3 cylinder engine is also lighter, which should be good for efficiency & performance.
- There’s also direct injection, variable camshaft timing, an offset crankshaft.
Performance or power wise the new engine will deliver horsepower and torque outputs equivalent to or better than normal non-turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline engines. Which is great news as it will be a good choice for small cars delivering fuel efficient cars which still pack a punch. There is no announcement that in which cars this new engine will be used, but most expected is the small Ford Fiesta cars to switch to this new 1.0-L EcoBoost engine later.