The automotive giant Ford has announced a historical moment at its Koln plant with the production starting on its smallest engine ever, the 1.0 liter EcoBoos unit, after the “Blue Oval” has invested 134 million USD into the German assembly line.
According to the Detroit based automaker, the small 1.0 liter, three-cylinder turbocharged and direct injected engine will try to revolutionize fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in its segment and the unit is ready to replace the old 1.6 liter naturally aspirated, offering, along the 100 and 125 horsepower, a generous peak torque of 170 and even 200 Nm.
Ford says that the new 1.0 liter engine will make its way onto the C-max and onto the upcoming B-Max, after the unit will debut on the current Focus generation where it will generate 125 horsepower while burning an average of just 5 liters every 100 km, with CO2 emissions of 114 g/km, an unseen performance in the compact segment. Besides the 125 horsepower version, Ford will also offer a 100 HP variant with CO emissions of just 109 g/km.
The new EcoBoost 1.0 liter engine has been developed by European Ford experts and it will be produced at the Koln, Germany plant in 350.000 units annually, but this number will grow significantly because the automaker is planning to produce it in Craiova, Romania too, starting from early 2012.