FordÕs new 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine; the fifth member of Ford

Initially thought to be a maximised version of its innovative 1.0 litre three-pot, the new Ford 1.5 litre EcoBoost engine is an all-new design with four, not three cylinders. It’s the third four-cylinder member of the EcoBoost family, completing a range of five, all turbocharged petrol engines.

The new engine debuted in the Chinese market Ford Mondeo, to be followed by the technically-similar Fusion sedan in North America and later the Mondeo in Europe. It’s expected to provide “similar horsepower and torque performance to Ford’s current 1.6 litre EcoBoost, while delivering improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.” In China’s Mondeo, it offers 177 hp and 240 Nm, while the older 1.6 EcoBoost has 180 hp and 250 Nm.

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So why bother with a new design at all, you ask? Because it will provide a strategic entry for unique markets that offer specific tax relief for vehicles with engines of 1.5 litre capacity or less such as China and Thailand. Future applications of the engine outside the Mondeo range are yet unknown, but a Fiesta, Focus or even a Kuga fitted with the smaller motor doesn’t seem so far fetched an idea, especially in tax-sensitive markets.

There isn’t a significant tax difference between a 1.5 or 1.6 litre engine in Malaysia, but as we get most of our Fords from Thailand where there is, the new powerplant may filter down to our market in the near future. We can only hope.