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The Ford 1.6L EcoBoost is a turbocharged four-cylinder engine from Ford Motor used to power subcompact, compact and midsize cars and utility vehicles, or more commonly known as CUVs. Featuring a dual overhead cam (DOHC) design, in an inline configuration, the Ford 1.6L EcoBoost engine is heavily related to the Ford 1.5L EcoBoost I4 engine architecture, but features a larger displacement and its own bespoke exhaust system. It has been part of the Ford EcoBoost family of turbocharged engines since 2014.

Ford’s EcoBoost I4 engines, which also include the Ford EcoBoost 2.0L, and Ford EcoBoost 2.3L, were designed to replace small-displacement, naturally aspirated V6 engines. Their technology allows them to offer comparable performance but with far greater fuel efficiency.

For instance, the 1.6L EcoBoost engine’s cylinder block has an open-deck design. It’s made from high-strength aluminum alloy, leading to a lower overall weight and improved cooling balance. Other key features include very thin cast iron sleeves (liners) that are cast directly into aluminum cylinder walls, a cast iron crankshaft,  forged connecting rods, aluminum pistons and a diamond-like-coating (DLC) for piston pins. The oil pan is also made from aluminum.

Like many modern Ford engines, the EcoBoost 1.6L features double overhead belt-driven camshafts and variable intake and exhaust valve timing, or what Ford calls Twin Independent Variable-Cam Timing (Ti-VCT). Finally, the 1.6L engine gets a high-response Borg Warner KP39 low-inertia, water-cooled turbocharger attached to a separate cast iron exhaust manifold (a non-turbo-fold turbocharger system). These technologies help the engine meet Euro-5 European emissions standards. This engine powers the following vehicles:

Ford 1.6L EcoBoost Overview

MetricValue
Engine familyEcoBoost
Displacement1.6 liters
AspirationTurbo
Configuration & cylindersInline, four cylinders
Vehicle engine orientationTransverse
Valve configurationDual overhead cam (DOHC) with variable camshaft timing (VCT)
Assembly sitesBridgend, Wales, United Kingdom
PredecessorFord Sigma engine
SuccessorCurrently none

Ford 1.6 EcoBoost Specifications

MetricValue
Bore79 mm
Stroke81.4 mm
Compression ratio10.0:1
Max power @ RPM197 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Max torque @ RPM199 lb-ft @ 1,600-5,000 rpm
Cylinder HeadAluminum
Cylinder BlockAluminum
Camshaft DriveBelt

Ford 1.6L EcoBoost Vehicle Applications

VehicleTransmissionDrive WheelsHorsepower @ RPMTorque (lb-ft) @ RPM
Ford C-Max (2010 - 2019)Six-speed manual / Six-speed automaticFWD150 @ 5,700 / 182 @ 5,700 / 199 @ 1,600-4,000 / 199 @ 1,600 - 5,000
Ford Escape (2013 - 2016)Six-speed manual / Six-speed automaticFWD / AWD173 @ 5,700184 @ 2,500
Ford Fiesta ST (2013 - 2019)Six-speed manualFWD197 @ 6,000 214 @ 1,600
Ford Fusion (2013 - 2014)Six-speed manual / Six-speed automaticFWD179 @ 5,700184 @ 2,500
Ford Focus (2010 - 2015)Six-speed manual / Six-speed automaticFWD178 @ 6,000184 @ 2,500
Ford S-Max (2012 - 2015)Six-speed manualFWD158 @ 5,700177 @ 1,600 - 4,000
Ford Transit Connect (2014 - 2016)Six-speed manual / Six-speed automaticFWD178 @ 6,000184 @ 2,500

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