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Ford unveils 'radical' new 1.0-litre engine

Ford unveils 'radical' new 1.0-litre engine

The small car market looks set to be shaken up by a new 1.0-litre engine, which promises to deliver all-new levels of fuel efficiency.

Ford says that their new powertrain, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost, will offer a efficient alternative to their next-generation C-MAX hybrid vehicles, which are due to be released in 2013.

The new three-cylinder engine is the smallest Ford has ever built and although it only produces 120 bhp, the manufacturer claims it will still be as powerful as a four-cylinder motor.

What Car? Magazine has already described the new engine as "radical", pointing out that it will be first used in the B-MAX, the replacement to the Fusion, which is due out in spring 2012.

Joe Bakaj, vice president of global powertrain engineering at Ford, said: "No one has ever built a three-cylinder engine quite like this. It's one of the most technically advanced and efficient engines we've ever designed."

More details of the new engine and the B-MAX are due to be released at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Written by Craig SalterADNFCR-3205-ID-800569110-ADNFCR