I’ve long thought the Ford Fiesta is the answer to our global car crisis. It’s the anti-SUV, low in power, high on mileage, and perfect for most Americans who have a love/hate relationship with their long commutes. When they brought the car back to the States in 2011, I was excited to see it resurrected, reminding me of those long gone days learning to drive in my sister’s early 90′s model.
So, they’re making it even better with the EcoBoost hybrid engine. It’s the smallest engine yet from Ford, and measures in at 1.0 liter.
Engineers at Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre in the U.K. began designing the new EcoBoost 1.0-liter engine long before the current spike in fuel prices pushed the cost of a gallon of gas over $4. Their goal: To design a technically advanced, super-efficient three-cylinder engine that delivers the same performance as a four-cylinder, but with much higher fuel economy and lower emissions.
To do that, engineers at Dunton, Ford’s global center of excellence for small-capacity engines, focused on improving thermal efficiency and reducing friction of the engine’s internal moving parts, especially during warm-up. That’s when an engine emits higher levels of CO2 and other pollutants. The new engine introduces many new technologies that could someday be part of the DNA of future Ford engines, said Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president of Global Powertrain Engineering.
The new three-cylinder engine will be available globally in the company’s small cars. It will also play an important role in North America. [Source]
It will be interesting to see how this affects mileage and power.