Ford's EcoBoost offerings may have started off big and powerful, but the Blue Oval is quickly moving towards small and thrifty. Ford will soon offer its smallest turbocharged offering yet, as a new 1.0-liter, three-cylinder has been announced in advance of the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The new EcoBoost engine will be available in the Ford Focus, C-Max and B-Max, and it will be available in 99 horsepower and 118 hp variants. A respectable 125 pound-feet of torque is available from a scant 1,300 rpm thanks to a turbocharger that can spool up to 250,000 revolutions per minute. Ford was able to extract so much power out of such a small, boosted engine thanks to improved twin variable camshaft design and an exhaust manifold cast that is cast into the cylinder head. And get this: While other EcoBoost offerings start with an aluminum block, the 1.0-liter includes an iron engine block, which isn't only cheaper, it reduces engine warmup time by 50 percent.

The key benefits sought from engine downsizing, of course, are improved fuel economy and lowered emissions. In this scenario, Ford promises 120 g/km C02, which works out to right around 45.5 miles per gallon (U.S.) on the European cycle. That 120 g/km figure, in case you're wondering, is identical to the much smaller Scion iQ, which gets a 36 city / 37 highway EPA rating. The diminutive engine will be fitted with five-speed and six-speed manual transmissions.

The three-liter EcoBoost will start off as a Europe-only affair, arriving early in 2012. Ford hasn't announced any availability of this engine in the U.S., though presumably consistently high fuel prices could change that over time. Hit the jump to read over the Ford press release.
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All-New, Fuel-Efficient 1.0-litre Ford EcoBoost
Engine to debut in European Focus range

All-new engine will debut in the European Ford Focus early in 2012 – offering the performance of a conventional 1.6-litre engine with less than 120g/km CO2 emissions

Smallest EcoBoost engine features advanced turbo-charging technology, improved twin variable camshaft design and intelligent ancillaries to deliver performance that belies its small size

Other European Fords to benefit from this new 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine include the C-MAX in 2012, followed later by the highly acclaimed all-new Ford B-MAX

COLOGNE, Germany, Sep. 12, 2011 – Ford has confirmed the first production applications for
its smallest-ever EcoBoost engine at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. With only 3 cylinders and
1.0 litre of displacement, the new EcoBoost engine will provide fuel-efficient power for three
models in the European product range – first the Focus, followed by C-MAX and the all-new
Ford B-MAX.

The new 1.0-litre engine is the latest addition to Ford's global family of EcoBoost engines, which currently range in capacity from 1.6 to 3.5 litres globally. Downsized EcoBoost engines feature turbocharging, direct injection and other technologies and replace larger engines with no loss of performance and with lower consumption.

Ford will introduce two versions of the 1.0-litre engine in the Focus in Europe in early 2012 with 100PS and 120PS and 5-speed and 6-speed manual transmissions respectively. Ultimately, this all-new engine will be made available in Ford models in North America, China and in other regions.

"By offering the Focus with an advanced small-displacement petrol engine Ford is not only
making a major statement on how serious we are about engine downsizing – it also shows the
strength of our development and engineering capabilities. To produce a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine with such impressive performance and fuel economy is a clear example of our
commitment to be class-leading in fuel economy," said Graham Hoare, Executive Director, Powertrain, Ford of Europe.

With its 1.0-litre capacity, the 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine will be the smallest engine currently
produced by Ford. Yet, despite its small capacity and proportions, the forward-thinking design
delivers power and performance to rival a traditional 1.6-litre petrol engine while emitting less
than 120g/km CO2 in the Focus.

Compact and Responsive
Developed at Ford's Dunton Technical Centre in the UK, this direct-injected EcoBoost engine
features a new compact, high performance turbocharger design. The extremely fast response of the turbocharger and its ability to reach nearly 250,000rpm results in virtually no turbo lag and peak torque of 170Nm from 1,300-4,500rpm in the 120PS variant.

The all-new EcoBoost engine also features an exhaust manifold cast into the cylinder head,
which lowers the temperature of the exhaust gases and in turn enables the engine to run with
the optimum fuel-to-air ratio across a wider rev band.

An advanced "split cooling" system reduces fuel consumption by warming the engine more
quickly and – unlike the larger EcoBoost engines – cast iron has been selected for the block,
reducing the amount of energy needed for warm-up by up to 50 per cent compared with
aluminium.

Intelligent ancillaries such as a variable air-conditioning compressor and oil pump also reduce
demand on the engine – improving economy and emissions – while special coatings for engine
components and intricate development of engine geometry result in minimal frictional losses.

Ford Auto-Start-Stop, Active Grille Shutter and Ford Smart Regenerative Charging will also be
available as part of the Focus and C-MAX 1.0-litre EcoBoost package.

Like its larger capacity siblings, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine will use Ti-VCT twin variable
camshaft timing to further improve performance and economy. Ford has also employed an all-
new camshaft actuator to speed up response times without sacrificing durability.

Smooth and Refined
In the all-new 1.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine, the emphasis in development has been on delivering both smooth and refined performance.

Engine refinement is improved thanks to an innovative design that immerses the two main
engine drive belts in oil – resulting in quieter and more efficient running but with the durability of a chain. Careful attention has also been paid to mitigating the natural vibrations of the 3-cylinder design.

Rather than employ the traditional method of adding energy-draining balancer shafts, Ford
engineers have deliberately "unbalanced" the flywheel and pulley to offset the engine
configuration. Ford believes these innovations combined with optimised engine mounts will
deliver a truly refined performance feel perfected during 720,000km of tests – including
360,000km of durability trials and 10,000km of environmental testing.

"The 1.0-litre EcoBoost is one of the most advanced engines Ford has ever produced and
makes use of so many innovative techniques and technologies that it's difficult to keep count"
said Hoare. "It has always been Ford's strategy with EcoBoost technology to look at every
single detail in our relentless pursuit of improving fuel economy without compromising
performance, and this new engine demonstrates that philosophy perfectly. The net result is an
engine that we're sure will surprise and delight our customers."

Further technical details of the new Ford EcoBoost 1.0-litre engine will be provided closer to
market launch across Europe in early 2012.


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      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Remember when 3-cyl meant Geo Metro? Technology engineering and advancement is a wonderful thing.
      RidinLow
      • 3 Years Ago
      It would be cool if they put "1.0" badges on the back of the front fenders. Just sayin'.
      VROOOM!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Put this in the fiesta! Give me 40MPG city, and 50 MPG hwy ill go buy immediately!!!
        Greg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @VROOOM!
        It's unlikely that the Fiesta would get 50 mpg hwy even with this engine. Hwy numbers for low-power engines are dominated by aerodynamics, and given how short and bubble-like sub-compacts are, they typically don't have better hwy mpg than compacts. I could see 42 or 43 mpg for this engine+Fiesta, but that's it. OTOH, it should do well to raise the city mpg.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        I wouldn't go so far as to call them "sh__y". They are still bulletproof reliable and have great resale value and low TCO. They just now are as vanilla and boring as they can possibly be.
      StreetsideStig
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's really impressive. Drop it in a Fiesta! 118 hp from a 3-liter is pretty awesome.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        KaiserWilhelm
        • 3 Years Ago
        First on Race Day...I prefer that one.
        onewayroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        Dude...just go away. I don't think anyone on here care's to hear useless, childish rants.
        Quen47
        • 3 Years Ago
        When Honda and Toyota step into the 90's and get direct injection and transmissions with 6 gears, call me.
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      As they say, you cannot replace displacement...
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Myself
        Yes you can, its called forced induction.
          Myself
          • 3 Years Ago
          @KaiserWilhelm
          I'd take a 2.0 liter normally aspirated engine over a 1.2 liter turbo any time.... for reliability, smoothness and, in the long run, COSTs.
      bryantest
      • 3 Years Ago
      Underpowered engine for a heavy compact?
        A.J.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bryantest
        Oh come on! I understand some people want power, but 118 hp and 125 lb-ft at 1300 rpm!!! that's more than enough for the average buyer. We have to stop telling people they need a 270hp midsize sedan to go the grocery store!
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      How much better would the mileage be with an 8 or 9 speed transmission? Anywho, this needs to come to the US!
      Justin Chavarria
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't get the point. If it only gets ~40mpg why not just keep the 4 cylinder that gets the same mileage? Seems like a waste of time/money.
        ReTired
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Chavarria
        Current Focus specs ~35 mpg-hwy...Ford estimates 45+ mpg, 20+% better mileage for a more compact less mechanically complex power plant...where's the waste? ...and it is a ONE-litre (last para.,Chris) with 118 hp...not shabby, considering.
      tipdrip215
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well now nobody can trash GM for still having an iron block on the Cruze/Sonic engines.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      As much as I am a big fan of great fuel economy, a 1.0L engine is a hard sell here in the U.S. That said, I would definitely prefer this to any hybrid
        Tim UF
        • 3 Years Ago
        @CarCrazy24
        the geo metro was sold here in the early 90's with a 3cyl engine. and got over 40mpg. granted, it was one of those cars that might hit 60 on a good day with a tailwind going downhill kind of cars, but it still sold moderately well. Would have been a better seller if gas wasn't so cheap back then.
          Tim UF
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tim UF
          a 3cyl, 993cc engine, i should include, for clarity's sake.
          phlavor
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tim UF
          And, shockingly, I still see them on the road.
        AldenBiesen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @CarCrazy24
        "a 1.0L engine is a hard sell here in the U.S." I don't think any sane Euroman would buy a 1L, either... The only people who buy such light engines here are old people and first-time drivers.
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