Ford has announced a new four-cylinder, 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine which will be available at first for the redesigned Mondeo/Fusion, contradicting this week's rumors which suggested a three-cylinder power unit.

This is Ford's fifth EcoBoost engine and promises to bring fuel economy gains and lower emissions. The twin-cam, aluminum block engine benefits from direct fuel injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing.

It will be first available on the China-spec Mondeo which will be showcased next week at Auto Shanghai. The Chinese Mondeo will offer 177 bhp (132 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) between 1,500 rpm and 4,500 rpm. The Blue Oval company says its latest mill is expected to provide similar horsepower and torque performance as the current 1.6-liter EcoBoost but with lower CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.

Later this year it will equip the U.S.-bound 2014 Fusion and the Euro-spec Mondeo.

Gallery: Ford launches 4-cylinder 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine for 2014 Mondeo/Fusion

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