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We'll see Ford's upcoming 1.6-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine show up in a number of new cars wearing the Blue Oval badge all around the world within the next few years, especially in markets that put an emphasis on fuel savings. Despite the powerplant's lilliputian size, its 180 horsepower and 170-175 lb-ft of torque will mean it's got the guts to provide more than enough power for use in small sedans and hatchbacks.

According to Barb Samardzich, Ford vice president of powertrain engineering, if you think 1.6 liters is small, you ain't seen nothing yet. Speaking to Automotive News, Samardzich suggests that two- and three-cylinder engines are a very real possibility and they may only displace one liter or less (see also: VW's 1L Concept). It doesn't seem likely that Ford would outfit cars intended for American roads with such a small powerplant any time soon, but emerging markets in Europe and Asia seem like very real possibilities.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req'd]

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