This ought to help them reach some uber high CAFE numbers...
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Derrick Kuzak, Ford
Group Vice President of Global Product Development, has confirmed that the Dearborn automaker will offer turbocharged EcoBoost
powertrains in 90 percent of its vehicles here in the United States by 2013. This journey for (nearly) full-line forced-induction started with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 found in the Taurus
, as well as the Lincoln MKS
. Next, we'll be seeing a 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-four under the hood of the Edge
, and now, Ford has confirmed development of a 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine.
This 1.0-liter, inline-three will be the smallest engine in Ford's portfolio, and it will find its way under the hood of vehicles across the globe. No specific output or fuel economy numbers have been divulged just yet, but Joe Bakaj, Ford's Vice President of Global Powertrain Engineering, says that the 1.0-liter triple will provide similar power to the automaker's 1.6-liter naturally aspirated four, while improving fuel economy. When asked, Bakaj tells us that the fuel economy improvements will be similar in percentage to those with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 compared to a naturally aspirated V8.
Ford says it plans to announce more information about the 1.0-liter engine at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show
, including exactly what vehicles will be powered by this mill. Since Ford is benchmarking its 1.6-liter engine here - the powerplant used in the Fiesta
- we'd expect that this EcoBoost three almost certainly slot into Ford's smallest offering here in the States.
The Blue Oval has also confirmed that it is working on an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission, which is being designed, engineered and built by Ford in-house. Bakaj states that the eight-speed automatic will offer "best-in-class" shift smoothness and responsiveness.
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Ford confirms 1.0L EcoBoost three-cylinder, eight-speed transmission
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