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2013 Ford Mondeo to get 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine


September 12, 2012

The 2013 Ford Mondeo

The 2013 Ford Mondeo

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Until now Ford has been installing its 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine in small cars, but the company is pushing the boundaries by announcing that the EcoBoost will be available as one of the engine options for their redesigned 2013 Mondeo family car.

It’s easy to feel sorry for the Mondeo. It’s like one of those kids who keep coming home with top grades, yet their parents regard them as a great disappointment. Though the Mondeo sells well and often comes home with prizes for best car in its class, it does have something of a reputation as a boring car that’s more at home doing the supermarket run than the rally circuit. This is probably one reason why Ford has completely redesigned it five times since it was introduced in 1993.

The latest generation was introduced at the 2012 North American International Auto Show with Ford pulling out the stops to put in a bit of excitement and make people forget that at the end of the day the Mondeo is still a family car. Now Ford is going under the bonnet and replacing the line’s old V6 3.0-liter engine with three new ones led by Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine.

Voted the 2012 “International Engine of the Year,” the EcoBoost is a family of direct injection petrol engines developed by Ford to deliver the same power as larger engines, yet with 20 percent better mileage. The three-cylinder direct injection turbocharged 1.0-liter engine has independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), an offset camshaft and comes in two versions - the 99 bhp (74 kW) and the 123 bhp (92 kw).

Also available in two versions, the 2013 Mondeo comes as a four door and a five door, which has been developed for the European market. Few performance stats have been released, though Ford says that the Mondeo will have the best mileage in its class. However, such a small engine as the EcoBoost seems to us to be a bit anemic for a car that is likely to weigh in the vicinity of 3,300 pounds (1,500 kg) going by the current model specs.

Aside from the EcoBoost, there will be a petrol Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) with a 2.0-litre petrol engine backed by a 35 kW lithium-ion battery and there’s a diesel all-wheel drive that Ford says provides “superior traction, performance and handling.”

Ford puts a great deal of emphasis on styling with the new Mondeo, saying that its sports coupe profile provides “visual lightness.” The lines are more angular than previous versions with a sharper crease along the side breaking the lines and providing a bit of visual flair. Up front, there’s a trapezoidal grille like something stolen off an Aston Martin and a power-dome bonnet provides some accents. In addition, the Mondeo now has automatic LED headlamps that turn with the steering and adapt beam projection to vehicle speed. The only real sour note is that the five-door version looks overheavy and bit ungainly from certain angles.

The interior of the Mondeo is dominated by soft-touch materials and premium finishes. Gadgets include the voice-activated SYNC with with MyFord Touch and an eight-inch color touchscreen plus the ability to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to five devices. For safety, the Mondeo is the first European Ford to have inflatable rear seat belts that expand on impact.

No retail price has yet been announced.

Source: Ford

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Large Car + Small Engine = Large, high pressure turbo.

Just google "Ford 1.6TDCi turbo problem" to see why this is a bad idea.


Am I the only one that finds it strange the hybrid gets a 2.0l and the non electrically assisted version gets the 1.0l?

Having owned a 4.0l Ford Fairmont, I would have classed the engines torque as 'adequate' to propel the 1900kg car. Horsepower doesn't matter when you can't pull away uphill, I kid you not.

I can't even imagine how useless a car the size of a Mondeo would be with a 1.6l equivalent engine... has anyone driven a 1.6l car that size who actually likes driving and can tell me it wasn't the end of the world?

I can understand wanting fuel economy at the expense of performance, but surely you use an adequate engine for the weight of the car...I'm sure a Ford Ka would perform well with this engine...

Tony Smale

The Ford Hohum is going to get an engine that has to run at ridiculously high RPM to have even marginal performance.


The curves don't look at all bad for such a small engine, not nearly as peaky as you might expect, though the only clear set I've found is on this site: http://europeanmotornews.com/2012/08/01/superchips-bluefin-ecu-remap-for-1-0-litre-125-ps-ecoboost-ford-focus-models/ Here's Ford's own (vague) graph, which shows it having better torque across the rev range than their previous 1.6: http://img.motorpasion.com/2012/02/ford_focus_1ecoboost_comparacion_par.jpg There's also talk of a 177bhp version. Generally if you want low-end torque without a stupidly huge engine, you want diesel. FWIW I drive a reasonably large car with a 1.6 diesel and I live in the mountains; it's not great, but it's really not bad.


As the price of fuel increases, you might have to forego some of the high power for smarter motoring. Not too long ago 123 BHP was considered to be quitepowerful.. Open up your minds, i think this is a very good concept.

Tim Collins

While I understand Mr. Smales concerns, you do have to take into account that these cars are coming with six speed transmissions. Granted on steep hills the car will have to downshift and wind out, but for normal driving we no longer need large torque/horsepower to get between the gears smoothly. Also with such a small engine 6000 RPM will not feel like you are about the blow the thing sky high. One thing that is not talked about in the article is the new US fuel admissions standards. At 36 MPG average across all the cars made, we may be seeing this small engine/high gear combination in a lot more cars.


Yes, a Sedan Car with 1.0 litre engine 3 cylinder 3 spark plugs engine with power and torque equalvalent with 1.6 NA engine, only one more less, it using Timing Belt, 4.5 Star !!!!

Muhammad Jalil

@Tony Smale,

I have driven 1.6 Mondeos, and other similar sized cars with small 4 cylinder engines. And I like driving very much.

In the UK and much of Europe, where we don't enjoy very cheap fuel as is the case in the US, engines of this size are the norm- in fact diesels of around this size are extremely common.

Yes, of course you can't lazily charge up any mountain in top gear- but actually that doesn't grant any great pleasure- certainly not compared to a modest car with a manual gearbox and matching your driving style to the vehicle and road conditions- which is far more engaging and ultimately more rewarding. And European Fords have, since their renaissance in the 1990s when they stopped being designed by accountants but by engineers instead, are especially good, the narrower, the more twisty, and the worse the road surface gets, the more they rise to the challenge. I'd defy anyone who loves driving to take a circuitous route round the Cotswold back roads in a modern Ford not to come back with a smile on their face. And no, I don't work for Ford...

That said, I need to be convinced that the 1 litre works as well in the Mondeo as it does in the Focus, especially as the Mondeo has grown enormously since the first generation.


I think the Mondeo (latin word meaning world) is the non-US version. For 2013 the Mondeo is being sold in the US as the Fusion. From the Ford website it doesn't look like the 1.0 eco boost will be available in the US but there are 4 options for the US: A 1.6L or 2.0L EcoBoost, a 2.5L Duratec, and a 2.0L + electric hybrid.


I want to see the MPG numbers for the all wheel drive diesel. That's where I want to go.

David Armstrong

I own and drive 3 different Geo Metro cars. 2- 1991 models, and one 1994. I bought the last one In Sacramento, Calif. and drove it to San Diego, Calif. on 9.3 gallons of gas. 513 miles. 55+MPG. Town and Freeway driving I have never gotten less than 38MPG. I have written down every gallon and mile i've ever driven. In all 3 of my Geo's I have 2 hatchbacks (2 door & 4 door) and 1 convertible. I don't do anything special except drive 55mph most of the time. These cars are 19 years old. No special oil, maintenents , tire pressure, etc. I drive from San Diego to El Centro over steep mountains for 100 miles to go bird hunting and get over 47MPG. Suzuki 1ltr, 3cyl. engine, 5 speed manual. 20 plus years old.


I like the idea, that American cars are becomming fuel efficient and using hybrid technology. I would like to see auto makers like Ford, build an aesthtetically appealing car. For a sedan the Mondeo is a car design in the right direction, but they need to lose the TALL 54.9 in hieght mustang for a a lower 49.5 sleaker model. It's like ford and lincoln only want senior citizens buying their cars. You can buy a hyundai comparably priced and own a nicer ride, plus they open a factory in the midwest giving out people jobs. I might buy one of them...


I drive a pickup that was built with the small engine for efficiency in the late 70s which doesn't do to badly on the surface streets but get on the expressway to keep from blocking traffic I have to down shift to have the power to keep up and it drinks gas like it a quarter a gallon.


@ Slowburn I remember buying gas at a quarter a gallon. For that price, the station would pump the gas for you, check your oil, and clean your windshield. Plus, if you needed a road map, they would give you one at no cost. If we were to see those prices, and services again, the recession would be over within just a few months at most.



the recession would be over within just a few months at most.

The downside to cheap gas would be higher volume traffic and more drivers affording the casual, useless motoring, if you will. I see us asphyxiating in areas untouched prior to the increase of emissions that would ensue.

We need to consider the impact of the individuals (growing population) that demands the right from China-UK-US-Canada and on every road to be mobile in their own, spewing vehicle.

Tethered to this insanity we seemed determined to deprive us all of the little clean air, polluted waters and ruined landscapes for the sake of shunning alternate ways to travel.

We're not going back to the 50's eraof S&H Green Stamps, either with a smile, dip stick check and kick the tires for free, alas.


I drive a 2008 Mondeo XR5 Turbo. It's great! Cannot fault it.

Not quite a 1.6L engine though... but I ride a bicycle to work so can justify the juice.


re; relogic

Since you hate ICE powered private vehicles so much invent something better and render them obsolete.

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