Ford Motor Company announces a new 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine will join its lineup of powertrains. The 1.5-liter engine is a key strategic entry for Ford as it offers significant consumer benefits, aside from its fuel efficiency, the tax reductions offered by various global markets to vehicles with engines powered by 1.5-liter engine or less.
The new engine will be first introduced in China in the all-new Ford Mondeo, making its public debut later this month at Auto Shanghai 2013, with applications following in the Fusion sedan in North America this year, and later the new Mondeo in Europe.
The new aluminum-block, twin-cam 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine will include some of the innovative features introduced on the award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost such as an integrated exhaust manifold. The new engine is expected to provide similar horsepower and torque performance to Ford’s current 1.6-liter EcoBoost, while delivering improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.
Production of the four-cylinder 1.5-liter EcoBoost will initially be produced at Ford’s facility in Craiova, Romania, later this month. Ford will have the capacity to build 1.6 million EcoBoost engines annually once the other six plants across Europe, Asia and North America is completed by the end of the year.
“Ford EcoBoost technology has changed the way people look at gas engines and has enjoyed huge success with customers,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, powertrain engineering for Ford. “The new 1.5-liter unit further extends our EcoBoost promise of economical driving in terms of both fuel efficiency and – in some markets – tax savings.”
By the end of this year, Ford aims to equip nearly 80 percent of the company’s global nameplates with the EcoBoost technology.