Three Cylinder

  • 2015 Ford Focus SE EcoBoost, Bear Mountain State Park, NY, May 2015

    Ford tests a new cylinder-deactivation system on its 1.0-liter engine.

  • Ford Fiesta Red and Black 1.0 Ecoboost
    Ford Fiesta 3-Cyl Boosted To 140 HP: Forbidden Fruit Quick Drive

    At 123 horsepower, Ford's 1.0-liter Ecoboost Fiesta already develops an impressive output for its diminutive size. That it does so while delivering entertaining handling and perhaps most importantly, a 36 mpg combined rating (31 mpg city, 43 mpg highway) is even better. But Ford's powertrain...

  • 2015 Ford Focus, 2014 New York Auto Show
    2015 Ford Focus EcoBoost Three-Cylinder: Manual Gearbox Only

    Sales of the 1.0-liter three-cylinder version of the 2015 Ford Focus compact are likely to be dwarfed by those of the more powerful and familiar 2.0-liter 1.6-liter four. After all, in a segment that's often price-sensitive, Ford is asking buyers to pay more for a slower car--although one that's...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Volt  -  Driven, December 2012
    Chevy Volt's Next Range Extender: New Opel 1.0-Liter Three-Cylinder Engine?

    It's been rumored for a while that the next-generation Chevy Volt electric car would get a new, smaller, three-cylinder engine as a range extender. Now we've seen what that engine could be, in the guise of a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine unveiled by GM's German arm, Opel, at this...

  • 2014 Ford Fiesta: EcoBoost (European version)
    Sharing Savvy: Smart & Ford Discuss Fuel-Efficient Three-Cylinder Engines

    In spy movies, information is used as a form of currency; it's traded for hostages, treasure, and occasionally, more information. But the practice isn't just limited to films. It takes place in the business world, too, and the auto industry is no exception. According to AutoNews, Ford and Daimler...

  • BMW 1-Series (European model) fitted with prototype 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine
    BMW's Three-Cylinder Engine: Same Power, Better Gas Mileage Than Four

    How do you get better gas mileage from engines that create the same power as what you've built your brand on? If you're BMW, the answer is that you launch an entirely new family of small engines derived from the world-famous inline six-cylinders you're famous for. But if you're fitting them with...

  • 2014 Ford Fiesta

    It's been on sale in Europe for months, and now it's coming to the U.S.: the smallest engine sold by a U.S. automaker in decades. The 2014 Ford Fiesta that goes on sale next year will offer the turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine as an option in the subcompact hatchback and sedan. Ford made the announcement today, and will officially unveil the car at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens to the press in nine days. A prime example of a smaller, more powerful engine, the engine block of the 1.0-liter triple is tiny enough to fit into an airplane carry-on bag. While it will...

  • MINI Rocketman Concept MkII
    Next-Gen, 3-Cyl MINI Hatchback To Debut At 2013 Frankfurt Show?

    You only need to take a look at the current MINI range--with its hatchbacks, convertibles, coupes, roadsters, crossovers and more--to see that it's quite a challenge designing a range of cars based on a small, 1959 minicar. It's sure to make the job of updating the MINI quite a challenge--and one...

  • Chevrolet Beat Diesel (aka Chevy Spark) brochure image from India, Aug 2011
    GM Launches World's Second-Smallest Car Diesel, In Indian Beat

    It must be the Chevrolet Spark minicar's moment in the sun. Last week, GM confirmed that the smallest Chevy ever sold will come to the U.S. as a 2013 model. Then we put two and two together to wonder if Chevy's first all-electric car might be a converted Spark. What we forgot to mention--until...

  • 2009 VW Passat wagon test car w/Bosch-Mahle turbocharged 1.2-liter, 3-cyl engine, from WardsAuto.com
    Smaller, More Efficient: VW Passat With 1.2-Liter 3-Cylinder Engine

    How large an engine do you need in a mid-size car? Just a few years ago, the answer would have been a V-6 of 2.8 to 3.5 liters, perhaps with a base model offering a four of 2.4 to 2.8 liters. Then Hyundai announced in late 2009 that it would abandon V-6 engines altogether for its 2010 Sonata...

  • Ford Start Concept
    Ford's Gas Mileage Goals Spawn 3-Cylinder Engine, New Hybrids

    Smaller, more efficient engines that equal the power of larger, lazier ones are how automakers all over the world plan to raise fuel economy. Today Ford [NYSE:F] doubled down on engineering as the best way to boost gas mileage, with announcements about three separate technologies it plans to use in...

  • BMW ActiveE Concept
    BMW Looking To Boost MPGs With TwinPower Turbo Three-Cylinder Engines

    Expect to see smaller engines for BMW’s future models, as high fuel prices and greater environmental concerns push automakers towards engines with lower displacements. We’ve already seen this trend with the recent announcement of BMW’s new TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder...

  • 2009 BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept

    Expect to see smaller engines for BMW’s future models, as high fuel prices and greater environmental concerns push buyers towards engines with lower displacements. Automakers, even the luxury marques, would be foolish to ignore the trend, which is why BMW's working on a new three-cylinder engine that could appear in the next-generation 1-Series as early as the end of next year. The future of the three-cylinder engine for the 1-Series looks optimistic, with insiders revealing to Autocar that the new engine under development won’t be a low-performing fuel miser. Instead, it will be very...

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