The Ford EcoBoost Engine
Does efficiency mean less power? Not according to Ford, who in 2012 introduced a three cylinder 1.0 litre engine to the motoring world through their Focus range. It uses less fuel where it can to make it eco, but where does the boost come from? A turbocharger, which means a 1.0 litre engine can produce the same power as an older 1.6 litre engine, this means you won’t have to choose efficiency over a fast car. The EcoBoost has been so successful it has been rolled about across the Ford range, and in the UK you can even get a new Mustang with one. Although if you prefer the simple pleasures in life such as that of a traditional V8 engine, you can get that one too – though that will almost certainly bump up the price of your insurance!
Nissan Gas Engine
With diesel engines well on their way to the chopping block, Nissan have come up with an alternative which combines the performance of a turbocharged gasoline engine and the power and fuel economy of a diesel, using variable compression technology. According to Nissan engineers, the technology in the new, and perhaps revolutionary, engine allows you to choose optimal compression ratio for combustion – which would make modern advanced diesel engines pretty much obsolete. The new engine, which is to be called a Variable Compression-Turbo, will make its debut in an Infiniti car rather than a Nissan branded model. There isn’t much talk regarding when we will be seeing this engine in Nissan cars or even on British roads yet, and because it’s still quite new technology, it may take it’s time to make it into a Nissan Micra on your street. Working on newer technology is often a first for many motor traders, so having good Mechanics insurance would be wise in case anything went wrong.
Luxury brand Jaguar are moving away from the Ford era, and parent company Jaguar Land Rover are developing their own range of engines aiming for better emissions, economy and performance in the form of four and six cylinder engines. They come with some new names too, all corresponding to the type of engine they are; the 20t is a 197bhp 2.0 litre four cylinder petrol engine, the 25t is a 247bhp 2.0 litre four cylinder petrol engine and the 25d is a 237bhp 2.0 litre four cylinder diesel engine. Accompanying them is the E-Performance 161bhp diesel engine for the new F-Pace and a powerful XE S engine in a 374bph V6 petrol, which will no doubt make the XE a fun saloon to drive of course.
BMW Efficient Dynamic
Rumours surfaced that the new BMW 5 Series would see a new BMW engine, the next-gen three and four cylinder petrol and diesel engines, however that was quickly squashed by a BMW representative. However, what we do know is that the new Efficient Dynamic engines will actually be making their debut under the bonnet of the 5 Series’ younger sibling, the 3 Series. The new engines on average will have 7bhp more power than the ones they are due to replace, in addition to a 5% drop in CO2 emissions. The three-cylinder diesel engines will produce up to 114bhp and the four-cylinder engines start at 147bhp and go up to 231bhp, and the four-cylinder engines will have twin-scroll turbocharging across the entire range. We should see the new engine eventually rolled out across the entire BMW range, from the 1 Series and upwards, we’ll probably see them under BMW’s British brand MINI too. Whether or not the new economical engines will have an effect on insurance however will remain to be seen.
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