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Engines Get Smaller: Ford's One-Liter Three-Cylinder To Debut On 2012 Focus

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On: Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 12:05PM | By: Chris Weiss

Engines Get Smaller: Ford's One-Liter Three-Cylinder To Debut On 2012 Focus

Ford has announced the availability of its next great efficient engine—the 1.0-liter Ecoboost I-3. Ford will officially drop a cylinder in the European-spec 2012 Focus, which will go on sale next year.

The I-3 engine was first seen on Ford's Start concept at the Beijing Auto Show last year. Despite losing a cylinder and dropping displacement down to a mere liter, Ford says that the turbocharged, direct injected Ecoboost I-3 will offer output comparable to a 1.6-liter I-4 while delivering the predictable bump in fuel economy. The new engine will come in 99-hp with five-speed manual and 118-hp with six-speed automatic varieties.

Ford has made some adjustments to the engine to ensure maximum fuel economy and smoothness.

The 1.0-liter I-3 will go into production next April in Cologne, Germany. Ford has confirmed that the engine will make it to other markets, including North America and China, but hasn't detailed what vehicles it will be equipped to in those markets. In addition to the 2012 Focus, the European market will get I-3 options on the C-Max and B-Max.

Last month, Ford announced that the 2012 Edge and 2012 Explorer, which are hitting dealers as we speak, will be the first North American models to offer the 2.0-liter I-4 Ecoboost engine as an option, offering 20/28 mpg in the Explorer and 21/30 mpg in the Edge. The engine offers 240-hp and 270 lb-ft in both vehicles.

Ford plans to offer Ecoboosts in 90 percent of its global fleet by 2013.


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