Ford debuts 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol engine
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.