Earlier this week, reports were swirling 'round the internet about the 2014 Ford Fusion getting a new 1.5-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine. That was... half correct. Ford today confirmed that the 2014 Fusion is, in fact, getting a new 1.5-liter EcoBoost mill, but it has four cylinders, not three.

Ford 1.5-liter EcoBoost engineThe new 1.5-liter engine will be the fifth EcoBoost powerplant from Ford Motor Company. Initially to be built at the automaker's Craiova, Romania plant, it will also be offered in the Fusion's twin, the Mondeo, in other markets. This engine will debut at the Shanghai Motor Show next month, and the 1.5-liter is of particular importance in the Chinese market – there is significant tax relief in the People's Republic for vehicles powered by engines with a capacity of 1.5 liters or less.

At a media briefing Thursday, Ford declined to divulge exact power or fuel economy numbers, though Joe Bakaj, vice president of powertrain engineering, told Autoblog that power output should be similar to that of the current 1.6-liter inline-four, and that overall efficiency will be "better than the 1.6." Our earlier report stated that the 1.5-liter four will produce 177 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque – losses of 1 hp and 7 lb-ft versus the 1.6-liter engine. Ford states that the 1.5-liter four will feature many of the same technologies used on the company's 1.0-liter EcoBoost inline-three, including an integrated exhaust manifold that recaptures much of the engine's heat.

Ford will release more information regarding the 1.5-liter engine later this year, including availability in the 2014 Fusion. Earlier, we reported that the 1.5 would only be available with Ford's six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, though the 1.6 would be kept around for those preferring the company's six-speed manual setup.

Scroll down for more information about the 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine in Ford's press release.
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Ford Launches New Fuel-Efficient 1.5-Liter EcoBoost Engine; Boosts Company's Global EcoBoost Capacity

- Ford announces new fuel-efficient 1.5-liter EcoBoost® engine, extends successful EcoBoost lineup to meet global demand for four-cylinder EcoBoost engines

- Ford now has capacity to build 1.6 million EcoBoost engines annually, triples number of plants that produce EcoBoost engines in Europe, Asia and North America from 2010 to 2013

- 1.5-liter EcoBoost offers trademark EcoBoost turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable valve timing; delivers power of a larger engine with smaller unit economy

- Fifth Ford EcoBoost engine delivers new innovations, and significant consumer benefits in global markets offering tax reductions for vehicles equipped with engines of 1.5-liter capacity or less


DEARBORN, Mich., April 11, 2013 – Ford Motor Company today announces a new 1.5-liter EcoBoost® engine will join its lineup of fuel-efficient, innovative powertrains. The 1.5-liter engine is a key strategic entry for Ford, as the company works to meet strong global demand for its four-cylinder EcoBoost engines.

With the launch of this newest fuel-efficient engine, Ford now has capacity to build 1.6 million EcoBoost engines annually. By the end of 2013, six plants across Europe, Asia and North America will be producing EcoBoost engines, triple the number that were doing so in 2010.

Production of the four-cylinder 1.5-liter EcoBoost – the fifth member of the EcoBoost family – will commence initially at Ford's world-class facility in Craiova, Romania, later this month. Other manufacturing locations will be announced in the future. The new engine will be first introduced in China in the all-new Ford Mondeo, making its public debut later this month at Auto Shanghai 2013, with applications following in the Fusion sedan in North America this year, and later the new Mondeo in Europe.

As a key contributor to Ford's aggressive fuel economy and emissions strategy, EcoBoost technologies enable improvements to both fuel efficiency of 20 percent and emissions of up to 15 percent. The 1.5-liter engine benefits from signature EcoBoost turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable valve timing, and has been designed to be even more fuel efficient and offer high levels of refinement, quietness and performance.

Additionally, the newest EcoBoost engine will be a strategic entry for Ford in global markets that offer tax relief to consumers who purchase vehicles powered by engines of 1.5-liter capacity or less.

The new aluminum-block, twin-cam 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine will include some of the innovative features introduced on the award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost such as an integrated exhaust manifold. The new engine is expected to provide similar horsepower and torque performance to Ford's current 1.6-liter EcoBoost, while delivering improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.

The 1.5-liter EcoBoost is the first engine from Ford to incorporate a computer-controlled clutch on the belt-drive water pump, which further improves efficiencies by reducing warm-up time. A water-cooled charge air cooler is added to offer a more efficient feed of air into the engine.

"Ford EcoBoost technology has changed the way people look at gas engines and has enjoyed huge success with customers," said Joe Bakaj, vice president, powertrain engineering for Ford. "The new 1.5-liter unit further extends our EcoBoost promise of economical driving in terms of both fuel efficiency and – in some markets – tax savings."

Ford has sold more than 600,000 EcoBoost-equipped vehicles globally since the range was launched with the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost in 2009. Ford added the 2.0-liter EcoBoost in 2010, the 1.6-liter EcoBoost followed in 2011, and last year the 1.0-liter EcoBoost was launched, winning the 2012 "International Engine of the Year" award.

By the end of this year, nearly 80 percent of the company's global nameplates will be available with fuel-saving EcoBoost technology.


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      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      It was three quarters correct
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wtf is with the trolls?!?
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @KaiserWilhelm
        Are you new here? lol. I think fanboys make up at least 75% of the people who comment here.
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        @KaiserWilhelm
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        @KaiserWilhelm
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      That Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford is so lost with this mediocre appliance. They need to fix the styling ASAP, then it needs to go on a diet. Then, they need to get these stupid, tiny little hummingbird engines and throw them where they belong, into the garbage. Trying to move a porky appliance with a tiny, high-strung engine isn't going to work. It didn't work in the Taurus or the jacked up Taurus...I mean, "Explorer". And this is real world economy, not the "roll of the dice" economy Ford has been quoting for their failed hybrids, egoboost engines or electric appliances.
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        "Then, they need to get these stupid, tiny little hummingbird engines and throw them where they belong, into the garbage." Once an idiot, always an idiot.
          That Guy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Yeah, I wouldn't expect you to understand the truth.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        Ford doesn't build high-strung engines, you're thinking of Honda. Also, I would not be talking if I was you. The new Malibu has been savaged by critics and as a result GM is moving to refresh it.
          That Guy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          All the Egoboost engines are high strung and tuned to within an inch of their life. They are garbage.
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          @carguy1701
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        gtv4rudy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        I agree with your point about tiny engines and loosing the weight because this porker is slow compared to all the rest in it's class. Just when I thought Ford was planning in putting a small V6 into this Fusion they announce a 1.5 is a possibility. (please)
        Papi L-Gee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        So if the EB engines are a failure, why is GM following their pattern?
          DK
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Papi L-Gee
          Pretty sure the Cruze 1.4 T was out before any of Ford's 4 cyl Ecoboosts here anyway.
        Oscar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        Hey stupid, has it occurred to your tiny brain that many european countries have a registration tax based on engine displacement, and, as the article stated, "there is significant tax relief in the People's Republic for vehicles powered by engines with a capacity of 1.5 liters or less." What would you suggest, they install a honkin' V8 for the european and Chinese markets? Hell, the ways things are going, it wouldn't be surprising to see such taxation on engine displacement in this country.
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let me guess, Ford thought the overweight Fusion would be the MPG Queen. then came along the new Accord, 6, and Altima. So now Ford is trying to "game" the EPA even more with an even smaller motor.
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zoom_zoom_zoom
        Ford Fusion mpg was even lower than Chevrolet Malibu. That's sad...
      Trent
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am really glad I moved over to the Azera for my company car rather than wait for the Fusion late last year.
        bo_blutz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Trent
        Hyundai / Kia. Unless you live in a trailer park...
          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bo_blutz
          Trailer park? I don't understand this reference. I didn't see any mention of Iroc-Z Camaros in his comment.
      Sportsjunky0073
      • 1 Year Ago
      So does this mean these engines will get hot and start on fire and force owners to park them like the 1.6 did? The 1.6 is already overworked and struggling in a vehicle of this size and weight.
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sportsjunky0073
        The 1.6 "fires" were due to nothing more than a software issue which never kicked the fans on. The vehicles were then driven even after overheating and ended up throwing a rod which then splashed hot oil on a hot exhaust. The engine is nowhere near overworked and struggling and you are nowhere near correct.
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sportsjunky0073
        A modern 1.6 can handle a D-segment saloon car quite adequately. Your comments reek of lack of experience.
      campyeac
      • 1 Year Ago
      Starting one of these will be like lighting a fuse on something that going to blow up. Ford must agree, they are bailing on responsibility after 60000 miles. Gives credibility to the recently seen bumper sticker,\"98% of Fords are still on the road. The other 2% made it home.
        cpmanx
        • 1 Year Ago
        @campyeac
        Hmmm...got any facts, details, anything, or just a bumper sticker that you think you remember seeing?
          campyeac
          • 1 Year Ago
          @cpmanx
          Just some observation. I handle fleet sales for a CJD RAM dealership. 2012 sold a fleet customer 22 New RAM trucks. They had 19 trade ins. 11 Fords, 8 Dodges. All were high mileage, very heavily used on and off road Mileage on Fords 130000 to 161000. Dodges were all over 230000 miles. All the Fords had to be towed to the auction for disposal(By weight) All Dodge were running and driven to the dealership for resale.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @campyeac
        Should Ford warranty the vehicle forever? I mean a lot of the 100k warranties are bogus for most drivers since you're still constrained by generally the same year length so unless you're driving a lot and putting on 100k in 5 years or so it's meaningless and not giving average drivers anymore than the 60k warranty. Short of the couple 10/100k warranties that are out there.
          campyeac
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jtav2002
          Not forever, but simply competitive. Many drivers exceed 12000 miles per year. When your odometer reaches 60001 miles on a Ford, Honda, Toyota etc. you're on your own.
      hgeorgech
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's hope the 1.5L won't have the same cooling problems and PR issues that the 1.6L had in the '13 Fusion's launch ...
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        bo_blutz
        • 1 Year Ago
        It DOES. READ the f-ing story. Do you understand that engine size represents how a vehicle is TAXED in many countries? Ask Ford Engineers about the 2.5L DOHC V-6 for the Japan market...
      Spartan
      • 1 Year Ago
      What's with this race to the bottom with engine displacement? I don't know the costs associated with this, but why offer a 1.5L and 1.6L engine in the Fusion? This doesn't make sense to me.
      Fazzster
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why don\'t more engine designers go with top mount oil filters? Fords with ecoboost motors make for some difficult and messy oil changes. Topside oil changes are the way to go with a good oil extractor. Kudos to Subaru, VW, BMW and FIAT to name a few with topside filters.
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Fazzster
        Over time, the felt gasket oil fibers found in most of the cartridge filters have shown to become dislodged and the small fibers eventually cause pressure and scoring issues.
        bullitt2605
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Fazzster
        What??????? and loose the sensation of oil running down you arm as you contort it reaching up through suspension parts!
        Jared J.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Fazzster
        The Hyundai-Kia Lambda (3.3, 3.5, 3.8L) engine series uses top-mount oil filters. They do make for easy oil changes.
          bo_blutz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jared J.
          Top mount? Are you in a zero gravity room?
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jared J.
          @ bo_blutz There are a few manufacturers who use this design, Mercedes is another one of them. It makes servicing incredibly simple.
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