Ford 1.0L ECOnetic engine for emerging markets
Ford Ka for Brazil will go on sale in July with the new engine under its hood. This all-new 1.0-litre ECOnetic flex-fuel engine is being produced from the new engine plant in Camaçari, Brazil into which Ford has invested an amount of $400 million Brazilian Real (Rs 1,090 crores).
This facility will have the capacity to produce 210,000 units annually and the new three cylinder engine will compete with those of other manufacturers such as Hyundai and VW who also have a 1.0 liter flex fuel engine doing duty on the Hyundai HB20 hatchback and VW Fox BlueMotion and Up!.
The new 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder, flex-fuel ECOnetic engine provides best in class power and torque and imitates the highly complimented 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine. The new ECOnetic generates 85 hp power at 6500 rpm and 105 Nm torque at 4500 rpm. The engine is lightweight and efficient and weighs a total of 85 kgs. It receives TiVCT technology due to which fluctuation of intake and exhaust valve timings occur separately. Reduction of vibrations and integration of cooling system and exhaust manifold are the highlights of this engine.
We are not sure whether this engine will make its way to India as EcoBoost is already here, which is far more advance than the ECOnetic. Financially, it will not be possible for Ford to manufacture both the engines here in India. Instead, they can operate the manufacturing and export of ECOnetic engine from Brazil plant, while that of EcoBoost engine will be operated from their India plant.