Ford's 1.6L EcoBoost Already Fitted to 50,000 Cars
The unit has been fitted to the new Focus, Mondeo, C-MAX, Grand C-MAX, S-MAX and Galaxy, improving performance and efficiency over the 2.0-liter it replaced As a result, Ford has already built the 50,000 unit at its facilities in Bridgend, South Wales.
“Demand for the EcoBoost engine is at record levels and the plant is fully focused on increasing capacity to ensure we can support the ever-growing customer demand,” says Kieran Cahill, Bridgend Plant Manager.
With CO2 levels from 139g/km in the new Focus and 149g/km in the Mondeo, the 1.6-liter EcoBoost proves to be very clean to run while still delivering a great drive. Even in the larger Ford Galaxy, the 160 horsepower engine still reaches 62mph in less than 10 seconds.
Meanwhile, the Focus can reach 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in 7.9 seconds, achieve a top speed of 138 mph (222 km/h) and return an excellent combined fuel consumption, helped by Auto-Start-Stop, which is standard fit on all Focus, C-MAX and Grand C-MAX 1.6-liter EcoBoost models.
“Ford EcoBoost engines actually provide customers with many of the benefits offered by the latest diesels, including impressive torque at low engine speeds and reduced CO2 emissions,” says Graham Hoare, executive director Powertrain Development, Ford of Europe. “At the same time, these engines retain the free-revving driving character and cost advantage of a petrol unit – effectively giving customers the best of both worlds.”