DEARBORN, Mich.—Ford is launching the fifth installment of its popular EcoBoost engine, with a new 1.5L four-cylinder making its way into the automaker’s lineup.
The new engine will be first introduced in China in the all-new Ford Mondeo sedan, before making its North American debut in the Fusion sedan.
According to the automaker, the new engine is expected to provide similar horsepower and torque to Ford’s current 1.6L EcoBoost, while delivering improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.
The 1.6L engine has a listed 178-horspower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque.
Ford says it has sold more than 600,000 EcoBoost-equipped vehicles globally since the range was launched with the 3.5L V6 EcoBoost in 2009.
Ford added the 2.0L EcoBoost in 2010, with the 1.6L and 1.0L engines following in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
By the end of this year, the automaker says nearly 80 per cent of its global nameplates will be available with EcoBoost technology.
With the launch of the 1.5L 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 1.5L EcoBoost will begin at Ford’s facility in Craiova, Romania, later this month, with other manufacturing locations to be announced in the future.