FORD Phils. at the recent Auto Focus Motor Show introduced a new variant of the Ford Fiesta subcompact that’s powered by the brand’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine.
The new version, which comes in the form of the five-door Fiesta Sport+, promises to add better fuel efficiency to its list of latest technology and safety features.
“The new Ford Fiesta continues to raise the bar for small cars in the Philippines. With the introduction of our latest 1.0L EcoBoost engine, we offer customers great fuel economy without sacrificing power and torque,” said Ford Phils. Managing Director Kay Hart.
Liter of efficiency
Ford’s patented three-cylinder EcoBoost engine—the smallest fitted in a subcomapact sold locally—boasts ample power, torque and refinement, according to the carmaker. It makes 125hp and 170Nm, rivaling a traditional 1.6-liter gasoline engine, while getting better fuel economy and lower fuel emissions, thanks to 25-percent fewer moving parts.
Ford noted the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is “tiny enough to fit on a sheet of A4 paper or stow away in an airplane overhead luggage compartment.” It is the smallest in the company’s global family of EcoBoost engines, which includes the 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter four-cylinder mills, and two 3.5-liter V6 power plants. Not only is it the company’s first three-cylinder engine but it also has the highest power density of any Ford production engine.
Ford estimated that the 1.0-liter EcoBoost improves fuel economy by “more than 20 percent” and has “15-percent less carbon dioxide emissions.”
The carmaker noted that more than 200 engineers at its technical centers in Dunton, UK, and Merkenich, Germany, worked on the three-cylinder engine to make it smooth and refined. Ford explained that typical three-cylinder engines are inherently off-balance and out of sync, causing unpleasant vibrations. The traditional solution is to install a counter-rotating balance shaft that cancels out most vibrations. But this adds weight, costs and harms fuel economy.
Ford said its engineers’ solution was to deliberately unbalance the pulley and flywheel with weights, as well as add engine mounts that are designed to decouple and absorb the vibrations. The engine’s two main drive belts are immersed in oil to further cut vibrations.
To boost power, Ford installed a small and responsive turbocharger that can spin to nearly 248,000rpm, which virtually eliminates turbo lag. Another innovation of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost is an exhaust manifold that’s cast into the cylinder head, which allows exhaust gases to be water-cooled, leading to improved fuel-to-air ratio across a wider rev band. Meanwhile, the engine’s unique cast-iron block warms the engine quicker than a conventional aluminum block, cutting by half the amount of “warm-up” energy required, contributing to fuel economy.
These innovations, according to Ford, have led the 1.0-liter EcoBoost to many prestigious global awards, which count the International Engine of The Year, the Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics, the Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club in Great Britain, and the International Paul Pietsch Award 2013 for technological innovation in Germany.
“The 1.0-liter EcoBoost indeed packs a big punch, proving that size does not matter,” said Hart.
Ford Phils. said the latest Fiesta will be sold at showrooms nationwide starting next month. It costs P898,000 and is available in six colors; Arctic White, Black Mica, Highlight Silver, Chili Orange, Phantom Purple and Celestial Blue.