Ford de­buts 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol engine

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Strength­en­ing In­dia’s cre­den­tials as a world-class man­u­fac­tur­ing hub, Ford In­dia has un­veiled its all-new 1.5-litre Ti-VCT, three-cylin­der petrol engine for cus­tomers in In­dia and around the world. The all-new Ti-VCT (Twin in­de­pen­dent Vari­able Camshaft Tim­ing) petrol engine will stay true to Ford’s DNA of be­ing fun-to-drive while de­liv­er­ing im­proved fuel ef­fi­ciency and a lower car­bon foot­print. The engine will be in­tro­duced on New EcoS­port later this year.

Ford In­dia’s engine fac­tory at Sanand, Gu­jarat, will take the lead in man­u­fac­tur­ing this new fam­ily of petrol en­gines, both for do­mes­tic pro­duc­tion and ex­ports. Ford’s en­gi­neer­ing team in In­dia has steered the de­vel­op­ment of the new engine with key in­sights at ev­ery stage – from de­sign, de­vel­op­ment to pro­duc­tion. The engine will also have more than 80% parts sourced from In­dian sup­pli­ers.

“Ford’s promise to give the power of choice to con­sumers in In­dia is not just lim­ited to the world-class prod­uct port­fo­lio. We are proud to of­fer some of the most ef­fi­cient, and ad­vanced pow­er­trains - rang­ing from 1.0 Litre EcoBoost to 5.0 Litre V8,” Anurag Mehro­tra, Pres­i­dent and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Ford In­dia, said. “With In­dia tak­ing the lead in pro­duc­ing our new, highly ad­vanced petrol en­gines, we re­main com­mit­ted to making in In­dia and bring­ing prod­ucts and tech­nolo­gies that In­dian cus­tomers want and value,” he added.

“Ford is proud to be a part of the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try’s move to­wards lighter, cleaner, more fuel-ef­fi­cient en­gines with un­com­pro­mised power per­for­mance. It is a trend we will con­tinue to ap­ply to fu­ture Ford prod­ucts as we look to give all Ford cus­tomers their most en­joy­able driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” Anil Pa­tel, site man­ager, Ford Sanand Engine Plant,” said.

Ford’s lat­est 1.5-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated engine is pow­ered by 3 cylin­ders, along with state-of-the-art tech­ni­cal so­lu­tions, for im­proved per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency while re­duc­ing size, weight and fric­tion.

For ur­ban drive

The tried and trusted Ti-VCT sys­tem on the new engine al­lows each in­take and ex­haust cam to func­tion in­de­pen­dently of each other as op­er­at­ing con­di­tions change. This de­liv­ers faster throt­tle re­sponse and bet­ter fuel ef­fi­ciency. Mean­while, the engine’s bore and stroke ra­tios have been op­ti­mised to pro­duce higher torque at lower engine speeds, lead­ing to a more en­joy­able and ag­ile drive in city traf­fic.

The Ti-VCT petrol engine will pro­duce an ex­cit­ing 123 PS of peak power and 150 Nm of torque, the best for any mo­tor in this class. Along with im­proved per­for­mance, the all-new engine will of­fer a 7% re­duc­tion in CO2 emis­sions and a sim­i­lar im­prove­ment in fuel ef­fi­ciency, through re­duc­tions in weight and size, as well as the ap­pli­ca­tion of in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies.

The engine down­sizes from 4 cylin­ders to a three-in-line for­ma­tion, re­sult­ing in de­creased weight, lower fric­tion and is ex­pected to de­liver an over­all 10% re­duc­tion in vol­ume. The alu­minium engine block and cylin­der head con­trib­ute to sub­stan­tial weight re­duc­tion and bet­ter fuel econ­omy. The ex­haust man­i­fold in­te­grated into the cylin­der head helps to heat up the cat­a­lyst faster, de­creas­ing emis­sions.

The vari­able oil pump can op­er­ate at a lower pres­sure at slower speeds with re­duced fric­tion loss, pro­vid­ing higher fuel econ­omy. Other op­ti­mised mea­sures for bet­ter fuel ef­fi­ciency in­clude: Crankshaft off-set from cylin­der cen­tre line im­proves both per­for­mance and fuel ef­fi­ciency; Can­tered spark plugs pro­mote more stan­dard­ised and ef­fi­cient com­bus­tion; and the Coil-on-plug sys­tem de­liv­ers bet­ter com­bus­tion and quicker engine start.

The Ti-VCT engine was de­signed and fine-tuned to de­liver a qui­eter, smoother and more re­lax­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for oc­cu­pants. The engine’s bal­ance shaft is sup­ported by hy­dro­dy­namic bear­ings and works to elim­i­nate nat­u­ral first-or­der vi­bra­tions typ­i­cal in stan­dard three­cylin­der en­gines. A belt-in oil pri­mary drive sys­tem con­trib­utes to fur­ther re­duc­tions in both noise and fric­tion.

Other NVH im­prove­ments in­clude: Valve ac­tu­a­tion sys­tem with hy­draulic lash ad­justers and roller fin­ger fol­low­ers re­duce fric­tion; Acous­tic-iso­la­tion sys­tem cuts down engine noise.

All-New Ford 1.5L TiVCT 3 cylin­der engine un­veiled by Anil Pa­tel, Ford Engine Plant Man­ager with Dhi­raj Dixit - Ford Sanand Plant Man­ager.

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