Ford Brazil has chopped the turbocharger off the 1 liter-3 cylinder EcoBoost turbo petrol motor to spawn the new ECOnetic engine, a non-turbo version of the EcoBoost motor. This engine, which will be flex fuel compliant for the Brazilian market, has just gone into production at Ford Brazil’s Camacari factory.
The first car to be the recipient of the ECOnetic motor will be the 2015 Figo, a replacement to the Ford Ka globally. The 2015 Figo based compact sedan is also likely to receive the three cylinder, ECOnetic petrol motor. The ECOnetic motor comes with all the interesting features seen on the EcoBoost motor, barring the turbo of course.
Features such as an exhaust manifold integrated into the engine head, dual stage engine cooling, innovative engine mounts, flywheel and pulley designed to do away with the power and fuel efficiency sapping counter-rotating balancer shaft, toothed timing belts immersed in oil and isolated fuel injectors have been carried over to the ECOnetic motor from the EcoBoost 1 liter engine.
The 1 liter ECOnetic petrol engine outputs 85 Bhp at 6,500 rpm and 105 Nm at 4,500 rpm. The motor weighs a light 85 kilograms. Transmission options for this engine are yet to be revealed. A five speed manual could be standard fare though.
The ECOnetic engine is naturally aspirated, and featured Ti-VCT (Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Technology) technology that India first saw in the new Fiesta’s 1.5 liter petrol engine. This technology involves variable camshaft timing to maximize power under acceleration and to boost fuel efficiency under low load running/cruising.
While the 2015 Figo hatchback and sedan will be launched in Brazil this year, the cars which will come with different features for India, will arrive here next year and will be produced at Ford’s spanking new manufacturing facility that is coming up at Sanand, off Gujarat.
Apart from the ECOnetic naturally aspirated petrol motor, the 2015 Ford Figo hatchback and compact sedan siblings sold in India are likely to get a 1.5 liter TDCI turbo diesel motor. In India, the cars will replace the Figo B+ segment hatchback and the Classic entry-level sedan.