Ford has unveiled a 1.5-litre Ecoboost engine, the latest in its family of efficiency-focused turbocharged petrol powertrains.
The 1.5-litre engine is a key strategic entry for Ford, as the company works to meet the strong global demand for its four-cylinder EcoBoost engines with reduced CO2 emissions and improved fuel efficiency.
Ford says Ecoboost technologies can improve engine efficiency by up to 20%.
The new engine is expected to provide similar horsepower and torque performance to Ford’s current 1.6-litre EcoBoost, while delivering improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.
Ford now has capacity to build 1.6 million EcoBoost engines annually.
Production of the four-cylinder 1.5-litre EcoBoost – the fifth member of the EcoBoost family – will commence initially at Ford’s world-class facility in Craiova, Romania, later this month, with other manufacturing locations to follow.
The engine will be first introduced in the all-new Ford Mondeo, which is expected to launch in Europe during 2014.
The newest EcoBoost engine will be a strategic entry for Ford in global markets that offer tax relief to consumers who purchase vehicles powered by engines of 1.5-litre capacity or less.
Ford has sold more than 600,000 EcoBoost-equipped vehicles globally since the range was launched with the 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost in 2009. Ford added the 2.0-litre EcoBoost in 2010; the 1.6-litre EcoBoost followed in 2011; and last year the 1.0-litre EcoBoost was launched, winning the 2012 “International Engine of the Year” award.