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Ford has unveiled an all-new 1.5-litre Ti-VCT engine which will be made in India for both domestic market and exports. The new engine is a naturally aspirated petrol-powered, three-cylinder unit which Ford claims, is lighter, stronger and more efficient than similar engines from other manufacturers.
The Numbers do seem to suggest that this engine is better than the rest. The 1.5-litre engine produces a maximum power of 121.3bhp and a peak torque of 150Nm, all this with a Seven percent improvement in fuel efficiency.
The engine is an aluminium block with integrated exhaust manifold to enable quicker heating of the catalyst and reduce NVH levels. It also features a timing belt which is lubricated as it runs through the oil sump, thereby increasing its life.
Ford's factory in Sanand, Gujarat will be producing the new engine for domestic as well as export markets. This new 1,497cc petrol engine has in fact already been in production for over four months as Ford has been exporting it to Brazil where it powers the EcoSport.
While the Brazilian version of the engine is compatible with flex fuels like ethanol, the Indian variant would require petrol only. This might have to do with the fact that flex fuels are not readily available in India.
Anurag Mehrotra, President and Managing Director of Ford said, "We are proud to offersome of the most advanced powertrains, ranging from 1.0-litre EcoBoost to the 5.0-litre V8s. With India taking the lead in producing our new, highly advanced petrol engines, we remain committed to making in India."
The new engine features Ford's Ti-VCT (Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing) system, which allows each intake and exhaust cam to function independent of each other. Improving torque output. The Bore and Stroke ratios too have been optimised for production of higher torque at lower engine rpm.
Ford's Sanand factory started its operations last year, and has an annual production capacity of 2,40,000 vehicles and 2,70,000 engines. With the production of the new 1.5-litre petrol engine centralised at this factory, it is now Ford's global hub for manufacturing of compact cars and low displacement engines.
While exports of the new engine will continue to happen, Indian customers will get their first taste of this engine later this year when it makes it debut under the hood of the upcoming Ford Ecosport facelift.
Ford's approach to making cars cleaner and greener is commendable. The American auto giant had started this strategy in India with the launch of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine. That however, did not sell very well due to various reasons. With the new 1.5-litre petrol engine though, it seems like Ford will have a good run in India.