Small 'EcoBoost' engines on Ford Australia's radar

Ford Australia will introduce a number of new, smaller fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines into its compact-car line-up in the near future.
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The local car maker already has 2.0-litre four-cylinder versions of the EcoBoost engines, which combine direct injection and turbocharging for good power and economy, in the Mondeo medium car and the Falcon from April.

The company is expected to follow them with a 1.6-litre EcoBoost for the Focus in mid 2013 but has confirmed it will consider a new 1.0-litre EcoBoost unit for the Focus as well as the Fiesta city car.

In the UK, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost will be offered in an entry-level 74kW tune as well as a more powerful 92kW version. It returns a combined cycle fuel consumption as low as 4.8 litres per 100km in the five-door Focus hatch.

Ford Australia’s Sinead Phipps said we would not see the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine in our market until it debuted in the all-new Ford EcoSport sub-compact SUV, which is expected to go on sale around the middle of 2013.

Phipps said Ford Australia would then consider other applications for the engine, including the Focus small car and the light-sized Fiesta.

CarAdvice understands the Focus 1.6 EcoBoost could launch at around the same time as the Fiesta-based EcoSport launches, in around 18 months’ time.

The UK-spec Focus with the 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine produces 110kW of power and 220Nm of torque, and utilises start-stop technology to return combined cycle fuel consumption of 6.0L/100km.

The Falcon will become the second model in Ford Australia’s line-up to adopt EcoBoost technology when the 179kW/353Nm 2.0-litre variant goes on sale in April. Ford first introduced EcoBoost to Australia in July 2011 with the launch of the mid-sized Mondeo EcoBoost, which uses a 149kW/300Nm tune of the same 2.0-litre engine.

The Focus ST will be the next EcoBoost model in Australia. The hot hatch will storm local showrooms in the final quarter of this year with yet another tune of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, this time producing 184kW and 360Nm.

Although Ford has not yet officially confirmed production of the smaller Fiesta ST, it is only a matter of time before the Volkswagen Polo GTI fighter is given the green light. The production version of the Fiesta ST is likely to be powered by a 132kW/240Nm tune of the 1.6-litre EcoBoost unit.

The all-new Ford Kuga compact SUV is also likely to feature at least one EcoBoost engine when it launches in Australia next year. Ford confirmed the Kuga, which was revealed at the Los Angeles motor show in November 2011, would be available with both 1.6- and 2.0-litre EcoBoost engines.