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Ford Adds 3-cylinder 1.0L EcoBoost to Lineup - A 1st on Many Fronts for Ford
In brief: Ford is adding its first 3-cylinder engine to a production car with the new 1.0L EcoBoost for small (compact) vehicles.
The tiny engine will be coupled with Ford's new 8-speed transmission, which will be produced in Michigan. Ford plans to put the transmission and engine in the upcoming generation of plug-in hybrids and compact vehicles.
The 1.0L 3-cylinder EcoBoost was first introduced as a production-ready engine in Auto China 2010. Engineers focused on improvements to thermal efficiency and friction reduction during warm-up, greatly improving the engine's exhaust output.
Several new additions include an offset crankshaft, a split cooling system that allows the cylinder block to warm up faster, a one-piece exhaust manifold and cylinder head (saving weight), and other EcoBoost technologies - all designed to save fuel, weight, and power.
Ford will debut the engine globally in its compact vehicles starting later this year for 2012 models. It will also feature in some plug-in hybrids as the generator unit.
And so ...
The first likely contender for it is the B-MAX, which had the engine in it when it was showed in Geneva earlier this year.
Photo credits: Ford
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