By Nat Shirley
Thursday, Nov 1st, 2012 @ 4:30 pm
 

Ford's 1.0L EcoBoost three-cylinder was crowned the International Engine of the Year back in June, but don't expect the Blue Oval to be afraid of making changes to the diminutive mill. Larger, more powerful versions of the three-banger could come in the future, according to Ford gasoline engine development chief Andy Fraser.

At its current size, the engine is an attractive proposition for buyers in markets where vehicles are taxed on displacement. However, regulations and consumer demands differ from country to country, and Fraser says Ford is prepared to create distinct versions of the three-cylinder to suit a variety of regions.

"We have a maximum capacity per cylinder of 500cc, so a 1.5-litre engine is certainly possible," Fraser told AutoExpress. "In growing markets there are incentives for certain sizes of engines, so in Brazil they want a 1.0-litre engine, in India it's 1.2 and in China it's 1.5 - the EcoBoost engine could be all of those."

The upsized motors could potentially produce up to 200 horsepower, Fraser said. The standard 1.0L makes up to 123 horsepower in production form, and can be pushed up to 145 horsepower with an inexpensive aftermarket ECU remap.

The 1.0L will be installed under the hood of at least one U.S.-market Ford model next year, likely the refreshed 2014 Fiesta, so it isn't a stretch to imagine that 1.5L version could eventually make its way stateside, too.