Ford Motor Co. will offer its new downsized 1.0-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine on the new Mondeo, the automaker's European flagship car.
The Mondeo will be the largest Ford vehicle to be fitted with such a small displacement engine, the company said in a statement today.
The 1.0-liter version of the mid-sized car will have the power and refinement of a considerably larger engine while delivering best-in-class fuel economy and CO2 emissions of less than 130 grams per km, Ford said.
The three cylinder, turbocharged engine has the same power as a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter engine. It debuted this year on the Focus in Europe and will be offered in the face-lifted Fiesta subcompact and C-Max and B-Max minivans in Europe later this year.
The engine will be made available in Ford models in the United States, Asia Pacific and Africa next year.
The engine was designed at Ford's technical centers in Dunton, England, and Merkenich, Germany. It is built in Ford's plants in Craiova, Romania, and Cologne, Germany.
Ford expects its plants in Germany and Romania to build an estimated 800,000 1.0-liter EcoBoost variants for vehicles to be sold in Europe through 2015.
Ford did not disclose fuel economy for the engine in the Mondeo. The 98-hp version on the Focus uses 4.8 liters of fuel per 100 km (49 mpg U.S; 58.9 mpg UK) and has CO2 emissions of 109 grams per kilometer.
The Mondeo is a sister model to the Fusion already on sale in the United States. It will go on sale in Europe between May and June next year.