Engine Ford M9MA

The 1.5-liter Ford M9MA or Kuga 1.5 EcoBoost turbo engine was assembled from 2014 to 2019 and was installed on Kuga instead of its 1.6-liter unit. This motor was developed after the introduction in a number of countries of tax incentives for internal combustion engines less than 1500 cm³.

The 1.5 EcoBoost line also includes engines: M8DA, M8MA and M9DA.


Production years 2014-2019
Displacement, cc 1498
Fuel system direct injection
Power output, hp 182
Torque output, Nm 240
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 79
Piston stroke, mm 76.4
Compression ratio 10.3
Features intercooler
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator Ti-VCT
Turbocharging yes
Recommended engine oil 5W-20
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.8
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 5/6
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Ford Kuga 2017)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~220 000

The engine was installed on:

  • Ford Kuga Mk2 in 2014 – 2019.

Disadvantages of the M9MA engine

  • The engines of this line are afraid of overheating, immediately pierces the gasket, drives the cylinder head;
  • Failure of the electrocoupling of the cooling system leads to cracks in the block head;
  • The piston group of the internal combustion engine suffers from detonation, the so-called LSPI problem;
  • Exhaust valves quickly overgrow with soot, and decarbonization is difficult and expensive;
  • Approximately once every 100 thousand kilometers of escape, it is necessary to adjust the valve clearances.

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