The award winning 1 liter Eco-Boost turbo petrol engine made a lasting impression on German automaker Daimler, and grabbed Daimler’s interest for a possible tie up to use Ford’s 3 cylinder turbo petrol engines. And it’s not the first time that Daimler is joining hands with US based automaker Ford. Both the companies already have a collaboration for fuel cell technology. The 1 liter Eco-boost is currently fits into Ford Focus, B-Max, Fiesta, EcoSport and the C-Max. This engine has won many awards for low emission norms and absolute performance.
According to AutoNews Europe, Damiler powertrain development engineers have taken a long hard look at the 1 liter turbo petrol Eco-boost engine as a benchmark while developing Daimler’s 3 cylinder turbo petrol engine. The new engine developed by Daimler is in association with the Renault-Nissan alliance. With stringent CAFE fuel efficiency norms all set to kick into force in the United States, the Daimler-Ford alliance could see secrets sharing burning lean mixture to satisfy Euro VI norms. The current generation of Smart for Two city car is propelled by Mitsubishi’s versions of a 3 cylinder petrol engine, one a naturally aspirated version and the other a turbo charged version.
The advantages of turbo engines over naturally aspirated engine are higher power output, lower emissions and a flatter torque curve. A better power to weight ratio is one more advantage of turbo petrol engines. Fiat’s Multi ir engine, GM’s EcoTec and VW’s TSI engines are motors which will eventually find their way into most entry level cars, the largest selling car segment across the globe.
Mercedes Benz’s Smart Car range is mainly for city transport in developed countries. Daimler and Renault Nissan partnership has long list of alliances for cars. Daimler with Renault to make Citan van, Daimler with Nissan for next generation Infiniti sports car and not to forget the recently launched A-Class diesel in Europe has heart of 1.5 K9k turbo diesel engine. So, the Ford-Daimler tie up for EcoBoost Engine supply for Mercedes Benz Smart car could be the latest tie up in industry. The benefit of Daimler-Ford partnership could also be shared to Renault Nissan and eventually the Eco-Boost technology could also see its future in next generation Renault Twingo, along with 2014 Smart for Two.
Source: AutoNews Europe