DEARBORN - In today’s market, customers have fuel-efficiency top of mind in their quest to purchase a new vehicle, which is what makes Ford Motor Company such a strong contender in their decision making.
Not only has Ford continuously placed a strong emphasis on improved fuel efficiency across the board, but the company’s EcoBoost brand has effectively delivered the fuel economy customers demand along with the outstanding performance customers expect.
Ford announced today that a new 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine – the fifth member of the EcoBoost family – is joining its lineup of fuel-efficient, innovative powertrains. This new engine is a key strategic entry for Ford, as the company works to meet strong global demand for its four-cylinder EcoBoost engines.
With the launch of this newest fuel-efficient engine, Ford now has capacity to build 1.6 million EcoBoost engines annually. By the end of 2013, six plants across Europe, Asia and North America will be producing EcoBoost engines, triple the number that were doing so in 2010.
As a key contributor to Ford’s aggressive fuel economy and emissions strategy, EcoBoost technologies enable improvements to both fuel efficiency of 20 percent and emissions of up to 15 percent. While the 1.5-liter engine still benefits from signature EcoBoost turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable valve timing, it also is designed to be even more fuel efficient and offer high levels of refinement, quietness and performance.
Additionally, 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-liter capacity or less.
“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.”
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.
The 1.5-liter EcoBoost is the first engine from Ford to incorporate a computer-controlled clutch on the belt-drive water pump, which further improves efficiencies by reducing warm-up time. A water-cooled charge air cooler is added to offer a more efficient feed of air into the engine.
Ford has sold more than 600,000 EcoBoost-equipped vehicles globally since the range was launched with the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost in 2009. Ford added the 2.0-liter EcoBoost in 2010, the 1.6-liter EcoBoost followed in 2011 and last year the 1.0-liter EcoBoost was launched, winning the 2012 “International Engine of the Year” award.
By the end of this year, nearly 80 percent of the company’s global nameplates will be available with fuel-saving EcoBoost technology.
Production of the four-cylinder 1.5-liter EcoBoost will commence initially at Ford’s world-class facility in Craiova, Romania, later this month. Other manufacturing locations will be announced in the future. 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.