Ford’s diminutive 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine has been voted best in class at the 2017 International Engine of the Year Awards for sixth consecutive year since it was launch in 2012.
The American car brand continues impress judges with high score as it combined performance, fuel-efficiency and technology. The frugal three-cylinder 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine has now won 10 International Engine of the Year awards including overall winner a record three times, and “Best Newcomer”.
In a press statement, Joe Bakaj, Vice President for Product Development of Ford of Europe, said, “Our 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine has been a game-changer, setting the benchmark for compact, fuel-efficient engines with sophisticated EcoBoost turbocharging, direct fuel injection and Twin-Independent Variable Camshaft Timing technologies.”
“Even with 10 International Engine of the Year awards under our belt, we’re still finding ways to push back the boundaries of powertrain engineering, and deliver even more benefit to our customers from this acclaimed small engine,” adds Bakaj.
Power-wise, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is offered with 100 PS, 125 PS and 140 PS. Meanwhile, Ford EcoBoost petrol engines in capacities up to 3.5-liters deliver power and fuel-efficiency to Ford vehicles around the world, from the compact all-new Ford Fiesta to Transit vans, pick-up trucks, and Ford Performance models including the Focus RS and the Ford GT supercar.
The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine was named “Best Engine Under 1.0-liter” by a panel of 58 automotive journalists from 31 countries. First introduced to the Ford Focus in 2012, the innovative engine has continued to dominate its segment, faced with growing competition in a category popular with car buyers and important to car makers. This year, it finished ahead of 35 engines, 19 more than it competed against in 2012.
Dean Slavnich, Co-chairman of the 19th International Engine of the Year awards and editor-in-chief of Engine Technology International magazine, said, “The baby Ford EcoBoost engine is still the best 1.0-liter, three-cylinder design around, despite newer powertrains arriving on the scene. Even more impressive is that it is the first-ever powertrain to secure its class title every year it has been nominated.”
The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine featuring cylinder deactivation technology will be offered to customers in 2018. It will deliver reduced running costs for customers by automatically stopping one of the engine’s cylinders when full capacity is not needed, such as when coasting or cruising with light demand on the engine.
The advanced engineering enables Ford to deliver the power of choice to customers with fuel-efficient petrol, diesel and electrified powertrains. The technology can disengage or re-engage one cylinder in 14 milliseconds–20 times faster than the blink of an eye–with no compromise in performance or refinement.