Ford debuts 92kW triple with bite

2012-01-31 12:16

Ford’s state-of-the-art, turbocharged, direct injection 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine goes on sale in the UK in February, 2012, and should eventually be sold in South Africa, too. The engine was recently previewed, along with the attractive EcoSport, at New Delhi's Auto Expo.

According to Ford, this three-cylinder engine delivers performance on par with that seen in a traditional 1.6-litre petrol engine.

Available in two power levels – 74 or 92kW – the engine delivers up to 170Nm (200Nm with overboost) between 1400 and 4500rpm. Extremely compact – the cylinder block can apparently fit onto a sheet of A4 paper – the engine is efficient, too, and is said to deliver winning fuel economy and best-in-class CO2 emissions of 109 and 114g/km, respectively.


Graham Hoare, Ford Europe's executive powertrain director, said: "This is the third addition to our acclaimed EcoBoost engine family. Joining the 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre EcoBoost engines, this 1.0-litre EcoBoost signals a new era of downsized, super frugal engines.

“During development our UK engineers focused on improving thermal efficiency and reducing friction of the engine's internal moving parts, especially during warm-up."

Mark Ovenden, Ford Britain managing director, said: “Gone are the days when the number of cylinders dictates performance. This highly efficient, technically advanced powertrain is not only great fun to drive, but it delivers fuel economy improvements and ultra-low CO2 emissions which lead to real world cost savings for our customers.”

According to Ford South Africa, the 2.0-litre will be the first EcoBoost engine launched in South Africa. It will make its debut in the all-new Focus ST that will be launched here "towards the end of the year".

The 1.0-litre EcoBoost will be introduced in South Africa when the EcoSport is launched here, although Ford could not confirm a date.

  • christo.stone - 2012-01-31 12:43

    Wow...that is seriously impressive! Now if we could see some economy figures, we'll be all set :)

      Steenbra - 2012-01-31 16:58

      And price must be right!

  • ofentse.ramorula - 2012-01-31 13:24

    I think this engine will be an award winner. 2012 Engine of the year.

  • Gary - 2012-01-31 13:34

    I wonder how these small displacement motors will do in the long run?

      Trevor - 2012-01-31 13:42

      These motros go through the SAME aggressive testing as any of it's bigger cousins so I'd not worry about that.

      pvuuren - 2012-01-31 14:16

      Gary, DO you remember the old Charade Models from Daihatsu, they where 3-Cylinder 1000cc engines, one model also had a turbo, built 30 years ago, you can still find them on the roads, but then again, those where toyota 3-cylinders, and not Found On the Rubbish Dump...

      Gerrit - 2012-01-31 14:24

      I think if you drive these smaller engines normally they should last the same as the bigger ones. But if you want to keep dicing the larger engined cars, especially with the 1.4 and 1.6 turbo engines that produce the same power as a normally aspirated 2L engine, I don't think they will last 100 000km's

      Gary - 2012-01-31 15:29

      If you have a 92kw engine, I highly doubt that you're buying it to potter around to the shops everyday and keep it under 3000rpm...I remember the old Charade motors, but stuff back then was WAY overbuilt, nowadays the tolerances are damn fine. Gerrit I think that you nailed it with that last comment.

      Thando - 2012-01-31 16:09

      Depends on who makes the engine. I know of Honda engines that have been revved every day to red line and still give you 300 000km of service easily

      pvuuren - 2012-01-31 20:47

      @ thando: Motorcyle engines don't count... although Honda does make good engines, in any case, these "For-Only-Race-Drivers" guys don't seem to appreciate Japanese Quality if you look at all the "thumbs-downs"...

      Cyrus - 2012-01-31 21:18

      At pvuuren. I think Thando is referring to TypeR's, S2000 and the old 1.6 vtec motors

      pvuuren - 2012-02-01 09:06

      Type R and S2000 engines has 4 cylinders, i'm refering to 3s

  • Leon - 2012-01-31 13:42

    gone are the days of high mileage motors. like high reving motorcycles, youll throw it away after 200 000km

  • Trevor - 2012-01-31 13:45

    Just think, engine gives probems, like a PC, plug out, plug in and go...it's coming...even carry a spare in the boot for those longer trips...LMAO...I would for sure buy one in a Fiesta body. Add lighter body panels like VW is doing with the Golf7, kncok off 100kg, these vehicles will haul ass and be very light on juice...just forget about towing...there we'll have to re-evaluate the rules with these new light weight cars.

  • James - 2012-01-31 16:17

    REVS kill an Engine 1400 to 4500rpm is very low. My Honda 1100 Blacbird cuts out at 11,000 rpm. My Suzuki 600 gsxr goes to 15,000 rpm.

      Nick - 2012-01-31 20:28

      dude you can't compare a bike with a car scooters rev higher than most cars f1 cars rev 18000 most turbo engines are designed for lower wider power band imagine if that turbo only kicks in at 5000 rpm the engine will last 3months

  • James - 2012-01-31 16:22

    BS Thando, NO production Engine will stand up to Redlining past 30,000 Miles. A $300,000 F1 Engine 18,000 Rpm will run for 41/2hours Max.

      Gary - 2012-02-01 07:49

      Really?......Honda did it....D15b, B16a, B18c, H22a, K20, F20/22c, K20a, the list goes on........Comparing a production engine to an F1 engine is like comparing oranges to paperclips. Thando said 300 000kms, he wasn't talking about RPM.

      Ebon - 2012-02-01 09:29

      My last 2 cars have been regular Civics with vtec engines. Not the type R engines, just regular vtec engines. Those things love to rev, and I regularly bounce them off the rev limiter at 7000rpm. My last Civic I drove to 200 000km. No engine problems at all, not even a sign of smoke and I almost never had to top up the oil. Sadly the car was written off in an accident 2 years after I sold it (to someone I know) so I don't know how long the engine would have lasted, but to all appearances it would have gone on for another 250 000 kms. My current Civic is at 160 000 kms. I still drive it hard and have not had a day's trouble with the engine (touch wood). I have never owned one, but the S2000 revs to 9000 rpm, and I believe they also have a stellar record for not breaking no matter how often you push them to their red line. So yes, some production engines can be revved happily, but it really does depend on the engine. Honda vtec engines can do it because they switch their cam profiles at high revs, meaning their engines are designed to run optimally (and therefore with minimal mechanical stress) at high rpms, but for an engine without some sort of similar variable timing mechanism I would not be too eager to try it out.

      Thando - 2012-02-01 10:06

      @Ebon - thanks for the info. I recently bought my wife a new Jazz and I'm hoping to get a similar experience !

  • adrian.bruwer - 2012-01-31 19:29

    I hope the turbos last and that it's affordable.. Some of the little turbo cars like the SEAT just don't last!

      lumifi - 2012-01-31 20:29

      Yes! But Seat pulled out of some car markets due to its poor reliability reputation. the body and engines were bad.

      Ebon - 2012-02-01 12:00

      Seat pulled out because their business failed and very few people bought the cars. VWSA decided to bring the brand to SA as an alternative VW choice. Seats are very similar to VW's mechanically, but focus more on being a bit more sporty/flashy, but have less focus on class and refinement. As such, in overseas markets, VW market Seats as cheaper alternatives to VWs. In SA they tried to sell the Seats at a higher price than the VWs, hoping to fool the public by pushing the whole style/exclusivity aspect. Unsurprisingly it failed. No one (well almost no one) wanted to buy a Seat when the already overpriced VW competitor was better and cheaper.

  • lumifi - 2012-01-31 20:28

    Fabulous engine that joins small cilinder capacity, superb economy, excelent torque and smooth turbo system with Ford typical reliability last forever. Bravo again Ford for such a good innovation!!

      Ebon - 2012-02-01 09:36

      I hope this engine achieves better than "typical" Ford reliability, because that is probably Ford's biggest weakness. Let's just put it this way: I would agree with the rest of your comment. I think this engine will be really fantastic, but if I owned one, I would put some of that money saved on petrol bills away to pay for an engine overhaul at 150 000km, just in case.

      Ebon - 2012-02-01 10:11

      For those thumbing me down, please point me to a single reliability survey in the last ten years that ranked Ford, as a brand, even above average, let alone as a top contender. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying Ford makes bad cars. I think they make great cars - safe, good looking, economical, well-priced, excellent comfort, features, performance and handling: In all of these aspects Ford are among, if not the best, in class. But, if one has to take a good, hard, honest look at it, the chink in their armour is their reliability record.

  • Graeme - 2012-02-01 06:48

    74 or 92kW - exactly the same engine - exactly the same costs to produce - how much more can we squeeze from Jan Burger for a differently tuned micro chip? Ask VW they have mastered the art.

      ofentse.ramorula - 2012-02-01 08:03

      U r wrong Graeme. The main difference is the turbo size which happens to be one of the most expensive components in an engine. The turbo size directly dictates the power output. The smaller the turbo, the cheaper the manufacturing costs.

      Gerrit - 2012-02-01 15:50

      Makaveli, while your comment might be true for this type of engine, what about the thousands of little 1.4 and 1.6 normally aspirated engines running around (VW Polo, Fiesta etc) where the only difference between the engine sizes are the bore on the cylinders? Why is there such a big price difference between them? Slightly bigger pistons can't make up the differnce you are charged for buying the larger capacity engine

  • Kwashic - 2012-03-01 11:52

    It would great to check if the mjority of Fords sold are on bricks in the back yard. Hardly the case. I agree they are not the most reliable (Corollas are) but there is hardly a problem that will scrap the Ford. If you maintain it well and dont stupid things like red lining the revs (as for any other car) i trust you will only have to deal with minor problems. Which is more than can be said for the German cars!

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