Print 61 comment(s) - last by YashBudini.. on May 14 at 9:03 PM

Ford's Start Concept, the showcase for the company's upcoming three-cylinder EcoBoost engine
New EcoBoost engine is expected to replace Ford's naturally aspirated 1.6-liter inline-4 engine

When we've talked about Ford's EcoBoost turbocharged engines in the past, it pertained to four-cylinder and six cylinder engines. Ford claims that its four-cylinder EcoBoost engines give the power and performance of a six-cylinder, while the six-cylinder EcoBoost engines give the power and performance of an eight-cylinder engine.

So we're assuming that Ford's new three-cylinder EcoBoost will give the performance of a small four-cylinder engine. The new 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine is expected to have CO2 emissions of less than 100g/km -- it is also said to generate around 120 hp.

According to Ford, the EcoBoost three-cylinder engine would be a prime candidate to replace the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine in the upcoming Fiesta. The 1.6-liter engine in the Fiesta generates 119 hp and delivers fuel economy ratings of 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.

The numbers generated by the 1.6-liter engine are already quite good compared to its competition, but with the added cost and complexity of using turbocharging technology, we'd hope that the EcoBoost three-cylinder would be able to net at least another 5+ mpg in both the city and on highway.

“Ford engineers have experimented with the idea of a three-cylinder engine for the past twenty years, but felt the power that could be achieved from such an engine configuration couldn't be made substantial enough to offer a practical solution for smaller vehicles,” said Ford in a press release. “That's all changed with the advanced yet affordable Ford EcoBoost technology.”

While the EcoBoost three-cylinder engine is the main news here, the engine is featured with a futuristic design study from Ford: the Start Concept. The Start Concept is merely a design exercise and has no chance of seeing future production.

"As a team, we engaged in a philosophical discussion that yielded a common vision. To create a beautiful object that spoke to us emotionally as well as intellectually", explains Freeman Thomas, design director. "The exterior design is simple with purposeful proportions and refined surface language normally found on vehicles in premium segments."

The exterior of the Start Concept is definitely interesting, but hopefully this design language won't filter down to future Ford vehicles.

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: 120 HP Vehicle
By Alexvrb on 4/22/2010 9:46:40 PM , Rating: 2
The only Protege motor I have been impressed by was a DOHC 1.8L I owned a long time ago. It was a considerably more powerful engine (IIRC about 125 ponies), which was a decent amount for a small naturally aspirated 4 cyl back in the early 90s. So in the lightweight Protege, it was pretty quick. Reliable car too, well except for its tendency to break CV axles and some niggling electrical issues involving the seatbelt motors and sunroof.

RE: 120 HP Vehicle
By Samus on 4/22/2010 10:45:54 PM , Rating: 1
I was referring to my 98 Protege. The last of the Gen2 platform. Gen 3 99-03.5 brought modern 1.6 and 2.0l engines with coilpack ignition, etc.

But Gen1 had a 1.8l SOHC with decent power. Gen2, however, had the 1.8l DOHC MX-5 Miata engine which had a turbo manifold (easy bolt-on turbo) which caused a lot of Protege folks to toast their transmission syncronizers. Having boost in a Protege was a joke anyway, there was no LSD to deal with the torque.

However, 95% of Gen 2 Protege's, 95-98, had 1.5l DOHC (code Z5) motors, which were exceptionally reliably and VERY fast reving due to very short stroke. The best part is they weren't interference motors (most Mazda motors aren't) like many cheaper motors at the time, especially Korean motors.

But, as I said, it has 96hp, 92 tq. It didn't feel slow because it reved quick and redlined high, and looking back on it was probably grossly misrated. The point is, it got over 30MPG regardless of how much you beat the shit out of it, and considering the size of the car (between a civic and accord) and the safety equipment and built quality, it was an exceptional vehicle and I STILL see lots of gen2's around...mostly automatic.

RE: 120 HP Vehicle
By Alexvrb on 4/24/2010 3:40:51 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't say the gen 2 1.5L DOHC was garbage, far from it. I am saying it never impressed me in terms of performance, not like their older 1.8 DOHC did back in '92.

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen

Most Popular ArticlesAre you ready for this ? HyperDrive Aircraft
September 24, 2016, 9:29 AM
Leaked – Samsung S8 is a Dream and a Dream 2
September 25, 2016, 8:00 AM
Yahoo Hacked - Change Your Passwords and Security Info ASAP!
September 23, 2016, 5:45 AM
A is for Apples
September 23, 2016, 5:32 AM
Walmart may get "Robot Shopping Carts?"
September 17, 2016, 6:01 AM

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki