Ford India has revealed a new petrol powertrain at its Sanand Vehicle Assembly and Engine Plant in Gujarat. The company has also confirmed that the new engine will debut on the upcoming Ford EcoSport facelift later this year. Internally known as ‘Dragon’, Ford’s all-new naturally aspirated, 1.5-litre, three-cylinder Ti-VCT (Twin independent Variable Camshaft Timing) petrol motor is claimed to be 10% smaller, lighter and 7% more fuel efficient than the existing four-cylinder Sigma petrol engine. In fact, the engine friction and noise have also been reduced.
The company says that the new petrol motor has been designed to combine state-of-the-art technical solutions to improve performance and efficiency, while reducing size, weight and friction. Ford India’s Sanand, Gujarat based engine factory will serve as production hub for the new petrol engine family, both for domestic and export markets. More than 80% parts of the new engine will be sourced from India suppliers. Check Out – Upcoming Ford Cars In India
Besides this, the new 1.5L petrol Ti-VCT unit is benefited with a rocker shaft with hydrodynamic bearings, an integrated exhaust manifold, dual-valve independent valve control and a variable oil pump. There are separate ignition coils for each cylinder, hydraulic tappets with rotor arms and centralized spark plugs. Read – Tata Nexon Vs Ford EcoSport
The new EcoSport will ditch the current 1.5-litre, four-cylinder Ti-VCT unit for the new 1.5-litre, three-cylinder Ti-VCT engine. This new gasoline unit can deliver a maximum power of 121.3bhp (123PS) at 6500rpm and 150NmNm of torque at 4,500rpm. This makes it 10% more powerful and 7% torquier than the current Sigma unit. Read – New Ford EcoSport Vs Old EcoSport
Talking about the new EcoSport, the compact SUV will retain the existing 1.5 liter TDCI turbo diesel and the EcoBoost turbo petrol engines. Transmission options will also remain unchanged – i.e. a 5 speed manual and a 6-speed Powershift dual-clutch. Similar to the existing Sigma petrol units, the new engine will be offered with both manual and automatic gearbox options.