THIS WEEK'S Beijing Motor Show has seen Ford unveil its first new concept in more than three years, dubbed 'Ford Start'.
Officially, the Start is little more than a design study, exploring ways to create stylish, affordable cars of the future while using fewer raw materials and achieving ultra-efficient running.
Beneath the bonnet however is a brand-new addition to Ford's EcoBoost engine line-up: a 1.0 litre, three-cylinder, turbo-charged aluminium-block petrol engine.
According to Ford, the tiny engine, already scheduled for mass production in the near future, will offer power comparable to a 1.6 litre four-cylinder, while releasing no more than 100g/km of CO2.
By comparison, the Toyota Prius lists a CO2 rating of 89g/km, through its combination 1.8 litre four-cylinder engine and electric motor hybrid system.
Ford has yet to reveal estimates for the engine's fuel consumption.
In Australia, Ford is set to launch a four-cylinder version of the Falcon next year, powered by the new 2.0 litre turbo-charged EcoBoost global engine.
With high compression and direct-injection, Ford claims the high-tech four-cylinder will deliver more low-down torque than a 3.0 litre V6 of comparable output.