Fuel-efficiency is a top priority these days for all car buyers, including those considering a luxury vehicle. That’s why the EcoBoost has been so successful in Ford and Lincoln models, as it delivers power without sacrificing fuel economy.
According to Ford, a new EcoBoost unit is heading to U.S. showrooms. This new engine will be the Blue Oval’s smallest engine yet — a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that will be launched globally in the automaker’s small cars. As with other EcoBoosts, Ford also promises it will deliver the performance of a larger engine, while delivering impressive fuel-efficiency.
In addition to a new engine, Ford is also preparing to launch the automaker’s first eight-speed automatic transmission along with a new electronic continuously variable hybrid transmission. According to Los Angeles Ford, the former will help the Blue Oval compete against the latest compact cars from Hyundai and Kia, which increasingly offer advanced six-speed transmissions throughout their respective lineups. Production of the hybrid transmission will begin in early 2012, and is expected to replace the current transmission used in Ford and Lincoln hybrid vehicles.
“It’s absolutely essential for Ford to further develop its core competencies in engineering electrified powertrains,” says Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development. “With this new Ford-built hybrid transmission, and assembly of battery packs at our Rawsonville plant, Ford will be positioned well to meet the quality and performance requirements of future electric and hybrid vehicles.”