Ford has selected India as a global production hub for the Dragon series engines. The automaker is expected to make an official announcement in the coming weeks.
In India, the Dragon series will include a 1.5-litre and 1.2-litre petrol engines. The 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine will deliver a power output of 120bhp and will be launched with the facelifted EcoSport.
The 1.2-litre engine will power the next-generation Figo and Aspire likely to be launched in 2019. The smaller engine will also benefit from the small car tax in the country. The base variants of the EcoSport could also feature the 1.2-litre motor.
Ford is yet to reveal the details and specifications of the new Dragon family engines. But the reports suggest that the new engines will meet the future emission norms.
The Dragon series is expected to feature new technology such as integrated exhaust manifold, rocker shaft with hydrodynamic bearings, variable oil pump and dual-valve independent valve control.
The new engines will be manufactured at Ford India's Sanand plant. The Dragon family engines should spawn cars with good performance and fuel efficiency at a competitive price.
The new Dragon family petrol engines will be technologically advanced and will offer better performance and mileage. The EcoSport facelift will utilise this engine to compete against the likes of Maruti Brezza and the upcoming Tata Nexon.