Ford’s Three-Cylinder EcoBoost Wins Award

Ford’s 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine has been honored with a Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics magazine.

Each year the magazine selects the 10 technology products that matter most. In addition to the newest member of Ford’s global EcoBoost engine family, awards were also given to a new type of camera, a very affordable 3D printer and several other high-tech items.

The 1.0-liter EcoBoost is Ford’s first three-cylinder engine – and one of the smallest-displacement engines Ford has ever built.

Already on sale in Europe, this newest EcoBoost engine packs up to 125 horsepower. It delivers impressive acceleration and is one of the smoothest and quietest engines in Ford’s lineup globally.

“We placed the bar incredibly high when we set out to design this engine,” said Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president, Global Powertrain. “We wanted to deliver eye-popping fuel economy, surprising performance, quietness and refinement – and all from a very small three-cylinder engine. The team responded to this seemingly impossible challenge with some really exciting innovation,” added Bakaj. “We are thrilled Popular Mechanics has recognized the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine for a Breakthrough Award.”

Earlier this year the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine was named “International Engine of the Year” by a jury of 76 journalists from 35 countries. The 1.0-liter engine, available in Europe in the Focus, C-MAX and B-MAX models, features a split cooling system, offset crankshaft, variable oil pump and other innovations.

Ford plans to offer the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine globally, including North America.

According to Ford, the EcoBoost features turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable valve timing to enable a smaller, downsized engine to deliver the performance of a larger engine with about a 20-percent gain in fuel economy.

“We are once again excited to recognize this year’s list of incredible honorees for their role in shaping the future,” says James B. Meigs, editor-in-chief of Popular Mechanics. “From a featherweight metal to the world’s fastest and most electrically efficient supercomputer, this year’s winners embody the creative spirit that the Breakthrough Awards were founded upon.”

A full list of winners can be found here.

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  • Van

    Initially the Volt concept was supposed to sport a 1 liter 3 cylinder engine, but instead installed an off the shelf design 1.4 liter four banger.

    Imagine the Volt with 20% better range extender mileage, i.e 45 versus 37 MPG.

  • Stan Smart

    Yep … and the VOLT’s gas engine needs expensive “premium” fuel. What a waste!

    ((LOVE the technology, otherwise))