The Ford B-MAX Will Feature A New Three Cylinder Engine

New Ford B-MAX

New Ford B-MAX

Ford has announced their smallest engine ever, a 1.0 litre EcoBoost three cylinder fuel efficient engine, developed in Europe.

Ford has announced their smallest engine ever, a 1.0 litre EcoBoost three cylinder fuel efficient engine, developed in Europe. Additionally, Ford has confirmed that its next generation of hybrid vehicles, which will include the Ford C-MAX in 2013, will feature Ford designed, engineered and built transmission.

Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of Global Product Development said "In the last five years, we have made a record investment in new powertrains and fuel-saving technologies," he said. "Today we have the freshest powertrain line-up in the industry. And there is plenty more coming."

The engine has been confirmed to power the new Ford B-MAX, on sale in the UK during 2012 and will also feature in a selection of Ford's other small cars.

Ford's 1.0 Litre EcoBoost Engine Features
  • An offset crankshaft that reduces friction
  • An advanced, Ford-designed split cooling system that allows the cylinder block to warm up before the cylinder head. Faster cylinder block warm-ups save fuel, especially in cold weather
  • An exhaust manifold cast into the cylinder head. The one-piece assembly lowers the temperature of the exhaust gases which enables the engine to run in a wider rpm band with the optimum fuel-to-air ratio. The new design also saves weight and allows the engine to operate more smoothly
  • EcoBoost technologies, such as turbocharging, direct-injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT)

To put Ford's new engine into perspective, is has around the same displacement as a touring motorcycle engine. This is the first engine Ford has built with less than four cylinders.

"Drivers are going to like the new 1.0-litre EcoBoost because it delivers great low-speed responsiveness, power, torque and smoothness," said Bakaj.

Further details on the new three cylinder engine built by Ford will be released at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Published 3 June 2011 Staff

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