New 1.5 Ecoboost for next Mondeo
The new engine is designed to provide similar horsepower and torque to Ford’s current 1.6-litre Ecoboost. The main reason for the downsized engine is to squeeze under a tax threshold in the important Chinese market.
Production of the new 1.5 Ecoboost will start at Ford’s factory in Romania later this month, with the first model to get it being in the Chinese-spec new Mondeo. It will appear in the new Mondeo next year.
It is expected that Ford models that have the current 1.6 Ecoboost could receive the new engine once they are replaced, rather than as a mid-life upgrade. These include the Focus, C-Max, S-Max and the new Fiesta ST.
The engine will be manufactured in other Ford factories around the world, although these haven’t yet been confirmed. Given Ford’s ongoing commitment to its engine factory in Wales, we wouldn’t be surprised if Bridgend production switched to the new 1.5 in the future as the plant currently only makes the 1.6 Ecoboost variant.
By Ed Callow