Ford may launch a small-capacity petrol turbo engine instead of the 2.0 and 2.3-litre four-cylinder engines just launched in the new Mondeo.
“We can get similar power, torque and performance with much reduced carbon dioxide emissions,” said Jens Ludmann, Ford’s head of development.
The 128bhp 2.0-litre and the new 158bhp 2.3-litre will probable be replaced by a 1,6 turbo in the next couple of years. “We have learned from the old Mondeo that you need to keep bringing in something new every year to keep it fresh. This small capacity turbo is not too far away,” added Ludmann.
There will be some technical challenges, typical for turbo but Ludmann says that that experience gained engineering turbocharged diesel engines is helping to beat these problems in petrol turbos.
A range of 120 to 160bhp may be easily achievable, considering similar engines from other car companies.The engine could came with the new Vectra, where it could replace both 2.0 and 2.2 petrols with an output of between 120 and 170bhp.