Ford today announced that its 1.0 l EcoBoost engine has been voted as 2017’s International Engine of the Year under the category of “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre,” for the sixth consecutive year. The engine was praised by judges for its combination of performance, fuel-efficiency and technology, the company noted. This fuel-efficient, compact and powerful three-cylinder petrol engine is available in the Ford EcoSport in India.
The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine was named “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” by a panel of 58 automotive journalists, from 31 countries. The engine was first introduced in the Ford Focus in 2012. Globally, the Ford EcoBoost petrol engines are available in capacities up to 3.5-litres, and power vehicle models from the compact Ford Fiesta to Transit vans and pick-up trucks. These engine also power Ford Performance models including the Focus RS and the Ford GT supercar.
Additionally, the company said it will offer the 1.0-litre EcoBoost with innovative cylinder deactivation technology for further reduced CO2 emissions and improved fuel-efficiency from early 2018. This technology will reduce running costs by automatically stopping one of the engine’s cylinders when full capacity is not needed, such as when coasting or cruising with light demand on the engine. The cylinder deactivation technology can disengage or re-engage one cylinder in 14 milliseconds, with no compromise in performance or refinement, noted Ford.
Joe Bakaj, Vice President, Product Development, Ford Europe, said the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has been a game-changer. He added that it has set the benchmark for compact, fuel-efficient engines with sophisticated EcoBoost turbocharging, direct fuel injection and Twin-Independent Variable Camshaft Timing technologies. Even with 10 International Engine of the Year awards, Ford is still finding ways to deliver even more benefit from this acclaimed small engine, noted Bakaj.
The baby Ford EcoBoost engine is still the best 1.0-litre, three-cylinder design around, despite newer powertrains arriving on the scene, noted Dean Slavnich, Co-Chairman, 19th International Engine of the Year awards. Slavnich, who is also Editor-In-Chief, Engine Technology International magazine, said it is even more impressive that it is the first-ever powertrain to secure its class title every year it has been nominated.