Frankfurt 2011: Ford’s 1.0-Liter EcoBoost

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Ford showed off their new small but punchy 1.0-liter EcoBoost in Frankfurt.

Ford has already had no problem getting F-150 buyers to go with a smaller, forced-induction engine, and now they're looking to extend this philosophy to cars which already have small engines. Their new 1.0-liter EcoBoost will be the engine to take on this duty, and while this is primarily aimed at Europeans, the US will be getting the engine as well. There will be two versions, one with 99hp and a five-speed transmission and one with 118hp mated to a six-speed 'box.

The 118hp version, which is the one the US is more likely to get, will also produce an impressive 125lb-ft of torque. These figures are roughly similar to the 1.6-liter unit currently in use, as is the 45mpg (on the European cycle) combined fuel economy. The advantage of the three-banger will be its reduced CO2 emissions. The engine will use a flywheel and crank pulley which are unbalanced in such a way as to counteract the imbalance of the three cylinders without needing balance shafts. US customers can expect to see the 1.0-liter plant in the Fiesta and possibly the Focus. Photos displayed are of the 2011 Ford Fiesta.

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