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A representative from Ford in North America has just confirmed the development of a 1.0-liter, 3cyl EcoBoost engine with a new 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine is smallest engine Ford has ever built and the 8-speed transmission is Dearborn automaker’s first.

“Consumers are telling us they want to buy affordable vehicles that get many more kilometres per litre,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development. “Our new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine will give consumers looking for hybrid-like fuel economy a new, more affordable choice.”

Ford says that the new engine will deliver performance of a larger 4-cylinder unit with even higher fuel economy. How much power?  Kuzak said that final calibrations of the new EcoBoost 1.0 liter are under way but the new engine will deliver horsepower and torque outputs equivalent to or better than Ford Fiesta’s normally aspirated 1.6 liter gasoline engine, which makes 120 hp and 112 lb-ft.

Ford said that it is on track to offer EcoBoost on 90 percent of its North American lineup by 2013 and to be producing 1.5 million EcoBoost engines globally. For now, all this remains a pipe dream but that said, Ford India hasn’t ruled out EcoBoost engines coming to India in higher displacements. What we’re asking is, why not plonk a 1.2 Liter EcoBoost engine in the Figo?

Ford Adds New Fuel-Saving 1.0-Liter EcoBoost Engine and Eight-Speed Transmission to Powertrain Lineup

  • Newest EcoBoost™ engine, Ford’s first three-cylinder, to be launched globally in Ford small cars
  • New engine will deliver performance of a larger four-cylinder with even higher fuel economy
  • Ford announces first eight-speed automatic transmission for future vehicles
  • The first Ford-designed, Ford-engineered and Ford-built hybrid transmission begins production late this year; Ford expects to be largest domestic producer of hybrid transmissions by next spring

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