Now we all remember the story of David and Goliath, where cleverness and concentrated power won over the brawn of something much larger. Well, in this story, the 1.0T Ecoboost is David.
We now live in a world of increasingly larger cars yet powered by ever-decreasing sized engines. The rough sound of a three-cylinder engine was a rarity during the late 90’s & 2000’s but in recent years even the likes of BMW have ventured into, what was once thought to be, the unthinkable. Now with the addition of a turbo, there are very little downsides compared to their much larger naturally aspirated counterparts.
The Ford was one of the first to lead the charge, replacing the ‘go-to’ 1.6i used in the Focus & C-Max, with a frugal and low CO2 three-pot. The peppy little engine was tuned anywhere from 100hp to 125hp has been utilised throughout Fords’ range; including the slightly questionable application of the Mondeo.
It looks like 3 cylinders lumps are here to stay, which given their green credentials and versatility, we can see why. There are now hundreds of thousands of the baby Ecoboosts’ in circulation that need maintaining. Ford seems set to tweak rather than replace the 1.0T within its latest model placements, giving weight to the idea that this powerplant will be utilised for over a decade.
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