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.