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Ford Start Concept Gets 3-Cylinder EcoBoost
The Ford Start Concept, which will be unveiled at the Beijing motor show tomorrow, showcases Fordâ€™s possible future direction of urban transportation in a way that is accessible to a larger audience of car buyers.The four-passenger Ford Start Concept a fuel-efficient three-cylinder EcoBoost engine with 1.0 liter of displacement and the power of a larger I-4 engine, while delivering a CO2 rating under 100 g/km.
Designed at Ford’s California studio in Irvine, the Start Concept was created under the direction of Freeman Thomas, responsible for the recent Lincolns that have clearly influenced the new concept.
An additional feature of the interior is "MyFord Mobile Concept," a conceptual look into how to leverage smart phone interface with the popularity of personalized "apps".
The new 1.0-liter Ford EcoBoost engine is designed to use a cast iron block, cast aluminum cylinder head and cast aluminum sump. Its compression ratio will be 10:1. Its compact architecture makes it ideal for packaging in smaller vehicles – as the Start Concept demonstrates.
Further technical and timing details of the new 1.0-liter engine and the vehicles it will power will be provided closer to its production launch.
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