Ford is poised to introduced the fifth engine in the Ecoboost family. The 1.5-litre unit will premiere in the Chinese-market Mondeo at the Shanghai motor show
12 April 2013

The next Ford Mondeo will be offered with a new four-cylinder 1.5-litre Ecoboost petrol engine. The powertrain will premiere at the Shanghai motor show later this month.

Although the final powertrain line-up in UK-specification Ford Mondeos is still to be confirmed, a spokesman said the 1.5-litre Ecoboost will be available from launch, alongside the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder Ecoboost unit and a 2.0-litre petrol hybrid.

Ford will introduce the 1.5-litre engine in the Chinese-market Mondeo this month, followed by the American-market Fusion and European  Mondeos.

The new powerplant will be the fifth Ecoboost unit and will ramp Ford's production capacity for the engine series up to 1.6 million annually. The engine will initially be built at Ford's plant in Craiova, Romania, with more locations to be announced.

Like other Ecoboost engines, the 1.5 will feature turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable valve timing. It will borrow the integrated exhaust manifold from the 1.0 and will be the first Ford engine to use a computer-controlled clutch on the belt-driven water pump, reducing warm-up time. 

Power and torque figures are claimed to be similar to the 148bhp and 177lb ft developed by the 1.6-litre Ecoboost, but with improved fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

Ford says the engine is a strategic choice for global markets offering tax incentives for buyers who choose engines of 1.5 litres or less.

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12 April 2013

..with decent rear room at last!

12 April 2013

This has got four cylinders, right? Article not specific. Also, liking Overdrive's comment about the Rapide. Funny!

12 April 2013

MikeSpencer wrote:

This has got four cylinders, right?

Yeah, I'm sure I read that in a different article.

13 April 2013



I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

12 April 2013

I like the New Ford Mondeo 1.5-litre Ecoboost engine that is going to replace the 1.6-litre engine

Jamie Pickles

12 April 2013

1.0 Ecoboost =125bhp

2.0 Ecoboost =250bhp

1.5 Ecoboost =150bhp???? surely it should be closer to 190 bhp

12 April 2013

gooday wrote:

1.5 Ecoboost =150bhp???? surely it should be closer to 190 bhp

It's mentioned in other articles that power is closer to 175/180hp. Still, a 150hp version would still be possible, like on the current 1.6.




12 April 2013

The 1.5 appears to be a four cylinder. The 1.6 is available with 197bhp, so no doubt the 1.5 could produce something similar, however, as the 1.6's little brother, it is limited to a supporting role.


12 April 2013

Expecting real world economy to be nothing special.

13 April 2013

Ok. I'm a little lost here. Ford has a 1.6L 4-cylinder Ecoboost petrol. Now its offering a 1.5L 4-cylinder Ecoboost petrol. That doesn't sound like a huge leap in any tangible direction.

Just as I have yet to grasp the reason why Ford gave us a 1.5L 4-pot diesel in the new Fiesta on top of the 1.6L 4-pot diesel. A look at the statistics leaves you scratching your head. What's so special that it does that the 1.6L could not?


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