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Since the engine is Euro6 compliant, it will only need minor modifications to make the engine US-legal; imagine a US-market BMW 5-Series sedan with this engine! :-)
I think it's obvious where that 1.0-liter Ecoboost engine will show up first: the Ford Fiesta. I think it could be a winning combination with this new engine and the Powershift six-speed DCT--excellent fuel economy without loss of power.
I wonder is this the same 2.0-liter I-4 Ecoboost engine rated at 200 bhp that was recently introduced on the European Ford S-Max and Galaxy minivans?
I do applaud the fact Ford will phase in over the next few years automobiles with direct fuel injection, which allows for extremely precise fuel metering for vastly improved fuel economy compared to today's engines, along with more power. I wouldn't be surprised that we see new Fiesta's Ti-VCT 1.6 engine bumped up from 115 to 127 bhp by switching to direct fuel injection, along with maybe 5-6% fuel economy improvements from more precise combustion.
I would not be surprised that Mercedes-Benz shows the GLK 250 CDI BlueFFICIENCY at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2009, previewing a 2011 model that will arrive late spring 2010. And this same engine may show up on a "C250 CDI BlueFFICIENCY" version of the C-Class sedan almost the same time.
I think there's a chance that the Golf BlueMotion could make it to the USA. Because of the relatively small size of the engine, making it meet EPA Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions shouldn't be that hard, and the US version will likely use the 7-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox as its only transmission choice.
If the Obama Administration supports selling turbodiesel vehicles that meet the CARB Super Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (essentially EPA Tier 2 Bin 3) standard, we could see by 2011 a LOT of new cars with these new ultra-clean diesel engines installed. And it's not an impossible goal, either--Ricardo UK recently demonstrated a turbodiesel engine that already meets the EPA Tier 2 Bin 5 standard with only just a standard diesel exhaust catalytic converter. Improvements in converter technology--especially with the use of nanotechnology--could make this engine easily meet SULEV standards, essentially making diesel engines just as clean as a conventional hybrid electric vehicle! :-) Ford should license this technology right now and put it in their Duratorq line of automotive turbodiesel engines. Imagine a Ford Fiesta with the 1.6-liter Duratorq TDCi engine with the Powershift dual-clutch transmission getting over 50 mpg according to the EPA 2008 fuel economy test.
If they can make the much bigger 2.0 TDI engine meet EPA Tier 2 Bin 5 standard, Volkswagen could make the 1.6 TDI engine meet the same standard with no problems. Since VW has confirmed they are bringing the Polo to the USA market, the 1.6 TDI rated at around 89 bhp plus the new 7-speed DSG could get around 50 mpg in EPA 2008 testing! :-)
I'm guessing right now the first true Fiat model that will be built in the USA is the Nuova 500 three-door hatchback. Which ironically could actually make it possible for Ford to sell the Ka subcompact in the USA. Why? The Nuova 500 and Ka are built off the same platform, and as such if Fiat wants to justify the expense of converting a Chrysler factory to build the Nuova 500 they may have to also build the Ka for Ford to sell in North America to help pay for the retooling costs.