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Rumour: Mahindra's 1.2L TGDI to replace Ford's 1.0L EcoBoost

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According to a media report, Ford is likely to discontinue the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine in India after the BS-VI emission regulations kick-in from April 2020. Ford is expected to replace it with Mahindra's 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine (TGDI).

Ford's 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is imported into India and accounts for a small portion of the total EcoSport sales. Upgrading it to meet the BS-VI norms could prove to be financially unfeasible. Besides, Mahindra's 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder, direct-injection, turbo petrol engine is reported to produce more power and more torque than the EcoBoost engine. It is said to put out 128 BHP and 230 Nm of torque, while the EcoBoost engine puts out 121 BHP and 150 Nm of torque.

In addition to the EcoSport, Mahindra's 1.2-litre TGDI unit could also power the upcoming compact SUV (codename: BX744). It is expected to compete with the likes of the Maruti Vitara Brezza and Hyundai Venue. The 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre Dragon series engines are expected to be upgraded to meet BS-VI norms.

Reports suggest that Mahindra might also offer the 1.2-litre TGDI engine on the XUV300 and it could be paired with a dual-clutch automatic transmission.

As part of the Mahindra-Ford partnership, both companies have agreed to share powertrains and co-develop future products.

Source: Autocar India

 
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