European engine launches don’t generally make a lot of noise in the United States, and so it is not really much of a surprise that Ford’s latest motor, an innovative 1.5-liter three-cylinder, pretty much went unnoticed here a month ago when Ford unveiled it.
Except for filling in some blanks late last year on several new hybrids and electric vehicles in the works, Ford has been quiet lately on powertrain development. But don’t mistake that for inactivity.
Ford has led the industry in downsizing and boosting engines with its successful EcoBoost line of direct-injected, turbocharged small-displacement engines. And, even though there hasn’t been much news out of Dearborn as of late, Ford engine designers here and in Europe have been steadily cranking out cool stuff.
This new three-cylinder engine, which will first see action in the European Fiesta ST, shows Ford engineers are nowhere near done innovating. And they, as well as engineers at other automakers, can’t stop now. While the Trump administration has agreed to open a review of Obama-era 2022-25 emissions standards, the law remains on the books and will likely be difficult to change or remove.