MG Working to Three-Cylinder Turbo to Rival Ford's EcoBoost
But it can't take on the all-powerful Ford Fiesta or the equally successful VW Polo without an efficient engine. According to an Autocar report, MG's parent Chinse company has already started work on a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine that will rival Ford's EcoBoost.
The unit will have gasoline direct injection and will be available in China starting in late 2014, followed by Europe in 2015. 1.4- and 1.5-liter units will be developed using the same technology and fitted to the MG3, MG5, MG6 and the compact SUV previewed by the MG CS concept in Shanghai.
The news comes from MG's head of powerrtain development Paul McNamara, who also said they are working on a dual-clutch gearbox with a wet clutch setup for higher outputs, ready this year for China, and a dry clutch for lower output cars that will be ready by 2015.