“We placed the bar incredibly high when we set out to design this engine,” said Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president, Global Powertrain. “We wanted to deliver eye-popping fuel economy, surprising performance, quietness and refinement – and all from a very small three-cylinder engine. We are thrilled Popular Mechanics has recognized the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine for a Breakthrough Award.” he added. Already on sale in Europe, this newest family member of the EcoBoost line packs up to 125 bhp and is loaded with technical innovations such as turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable valve timing.
In addition to the Ford Focus, the tiny engine has found its way underneath the hood of a wide range of Ford vehicles ranging from the Fiesta to the latest Ford Mondeo. However, Ford is not alone is the quest to slash off cylinders. BMW is developing a 1.5L three-cylinder engine that generates an output of up to 201 bhp.
The future of downsizing is shining brighter than ever.