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Ford Previews Production-Intent 3-Cylinder 1.0L EcoBoost in Ford Start Concept

Ford is previewing its smallest-yet EcoBoost turbocharged gasoline direct injection engine—and confirming it for production—at Auto China 2010 in Beijing. The 3-cylinder, 1.0L engine is applied in the Ford Start Concept, an exploration into a small, sporty car for first-time buyers and urban drivers in future growth markets.

At the show in Beijing, Ford is also showcasing the next-generation Ford Focus, debuting the Ford Edge for the China market with MyFord and SYNC technologies, and announcing that Mondeo in China will get a 2.0L EcoBoost engine and PowerShift transmission this year.

The Ford Start Concept is a bespoke concept car from Ford Motor Company making its global debut in China. The Ford Start Concept was inspired by the world’s fast-growing mega cities and the unique needs and mindset of their inhabitants. With heavy traffic, limited parking and fuel efficiency being key concerns among urban drivers, the Ford Start concept provides a vision into a future sporty, small-car package that meets a multitude of primary driving objectives, particularly among first-time buyers.

1.0L, 3-cylinder EcoBoost. The new Ford EcoBoost 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine is engineered to bring the EcoBoost promise for fuel efficiency to small cars with compact engine compartments.

The new engine is designed to use a cast iron block, cast aluminium cylinder head and cast aluminium sump. Its compression ratio will be 10:1. Its compact architecture makes it ideal for packaging in smaller vehicles—as the Start Concept demonstrates.

Extensive development shows power and torque levels comparable to a normally aspirated, 1.6-liter I4 powerplant and carbon dioxide emissions are expected to be under the 100 g/km threshold. Further technical and timing details of the new 1.0-liter engine and the vehicles it will power will be provided closer to its production launch.

A study by Delphi Powertrain presented at the recent SAE 2010 World Congress in Detroit concluded that a 3-cylinder turbocharged gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine—such as the 1.0L EcoBoost—offers an optimal combination of cost, lower emissions and reductions in fuel consumption for the most cost-sensitive vehicle segments. (Earlier post.)

Focus. The new Focus hatchback will be one of up to 10 unique models to be built from Ford’s new C-car platform. When it goes into production in China in 2012, Ford expects global volumes of its new C-car family to reach 2 million units annually. It will be sold in more than 120 markets worldwide. It will be nearly identical in all markets, with 80% parts commonality around the world.

Edge. The Beijing Auto Show also marks the debut of the popular mid-size SUV, Ford Edge, which will join the Ford product lineup in China. The new all-wheel-drive Edge will deliver segment-leading fuel economy, increased levels of quietness, a strong new design with quality materials and MyFord Touch driver connect technology. The voice-activated technology also will be offered in Mandarin— first for Ford Motor Company in the China market.

More than 330,000 have been sold since it was introduced four years ago. The debut in China follows the unveiling of the newest iteration of the model just weeks ago in North America. Ford Edge will be launched in China by the end of 2010.

Mondeo EcoBoost. Ford has announced that its EcoBoost engine technology, featured at the Beijing Auto Show, will be introduced for the first time in China in the Ford Mondeo range. Starting later this year, the Mondeo will be offered with a 2.0-liter I4 Ford EcoBoost engine.

The 2.0-liter Ford Ecoboost I4 is the first engine in the EcoBoost line-up to go truly global. In Europe, Ford has announced its application on Ford S-Max, Galaxy and Mondeo models. Ford Edge models in North America are slated to receive the engine later this year. In Australia, Ford Falcon also will be offered with four-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engines in 2011.



How and why would one post an article about auto engines without any horsepower or torque numbers?


The article was driven by a press release that didn't contain that info. This is all the info that Ford has yet released.


They say that the new 1.0 litre engine should have equivalent power and torque to their current 1.6 litre engine, which is rated at 98 - 113 hp, and 150 - 155 Nm.


The story here is the alleged horsepower. About 20 years ago, GM came out with the Metro, which had a 1.0 Liter engine with about 55 HP that got 40-50 MPG. My family actually had one for a while. I remember growing up that it had horrible, horrible acceleration, even with a manual transmission. Cars would have to pass you as they zipped along because 0-60 was like 30 seconds or more. If MPG is the same with double the power, that will be quite an achievement.




More specs on the 1.0 Liter, 3-Cylinder Geo Metro Engine from ~20 years ago...(the one we had looks just like the red one in the photo).. http://gtkgeo.50megs.com/custom.html

Will S

This 1.0 liter EcoBoost is long overdue, though it's not even clear when (or if) it will be launched in an actual vehicle, or where the vehicle will be offered. All that's mentioned is a 'concept' vehicle, which tends to means it is years off or is just a greenwash to obtain favorable publicity on Earth Day.


GM & Ford seem to know where future markets will be.


I ask of all reading this and all posters to go over to "Jalopnik" and take a look the pictures of the show car, It is gorgeous.

Note, Car manufacturers are not making show cars for grins and giggles anymore, they do not have the capital to do a two seat Indy-type-Car for the show circuit that will end up in a museum as a design exercise (Ford did such a car in the 90's if my memory is correct). With that said, is this a show car with design intent? My guess? Following the Ford mantra of global platforms is this trial balloon for the next generation "Ka" or "Puma" (a guess on my part via it's size) to be sold worldwide?

Time will tell. But the 3 Cyl, Eco-Boost maybe further evidence that Ford's commitment to this technology denotes they are talking the talk and walking the walk.


The Ford Start looks to me like a fastback coupe; http://www.4wheelsnews.com/beijing-preview-ford-start-concept/ Such a car will have to have "sporty" performance if its to sell to the 'no kids' crowd.


Finally making cars with plastic panels. Go for some hybridisation and get all the people upgrading from the original Insight



A Japanese University group has made an ultra strong 100% recyclable, very resilient, transparent poly-plastic with 2 to 5 times the resistance of steel and 7 times that of aluminium. It could be ideal for car windows, body panels and many other parts. Who knows, an EV made of this material may weight halt as much as current steel cars and last 20+ years. Future BEVs may be very different from current vehicles.

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