Ford has announced that it will introduce a new 1.5-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost engine for the China-bound Mondeo, which will debut at the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show. The engine will also propel the Fusion (a rebadged Mondeo) in North America and subsequently the Europe market Mondeo.
The announcement may come as a surprise as it is contrary to earlier reports which expect the 2013 Mondeo to be equipped with Ford’s 1.0-litres three-cylinder EcoBoost unit. The new 1.5-litres engine benefits from signature EcoBoost turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable valve timing, and has been designed to be even more fuel efficient and offer high levels of refinement, quietness and performance.
The output of the new engine is quite close to the slightly larger 1.6-litre lump. In the Mondeo, it generates 177bhp with 240Nm of peak torque from 1500rpm to 4500rpm. In comparison, the 1.6-litre EcoBoost produces 178bhp and 250 Nm of torque. The 1.5-litre is said to deliver improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions as compare to the larger engine.
The 1.5-litre EcoBoost is the first engine from Ford to incorporate a computer-controlled clutch on the belt-drive water pump, which enhances efficiencies by reducing warm-up time.
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