The C-Max will be the first Ford to get the firm’s new small EcoBoost engine, which offers the performance and power of a 2.2-litre petrol with the economy and emissions of a 1.6. It was launched today at the Frankfurt motor show.
The technology is not new – direct injection, a turbo and reduced friction all contribute to the unit’s efficiency – but Ford has added two variable camshafts. Most other manufacturers use one variable cam, normally on the inlet side.
According to Andrew Fraser, Ford’s petrol powertrain development manager, this was one of the hardest parts to get right, along with dealing with the airflow into the engine.
The 1.6 produces from 150 to 180bhp, while the 2.0-litre delivers over 200bhp and will better the output of Ford’s old 3.0-litre V6. Along with the C-Max, they will be used in the S-Max, Mondeo and Galaxy – and expect the next Focus to have them from launch. And there will be what Ford calls an “advanced, small-capacity” engine coming later, likely to be a 1.2 producing around 120bhp.