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Ford shows off EcoBosst against rivals…

April 4, 2009

Source: Autoblog

Last year at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford announced its intention to introduce a lineup of EcoBoost engines as a cost-effective means of getting a significant improvement in fuel efficiency.

The first of those EcoBoost engines is a turbocharged and direct-injected version of the 3.5-liter V6 used in many of Ford’s larger cars. Those engines will launch into production in just a few weeks and should start appearing in first in the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKS well before summer solstice arrives. Later this summer, the same engine will also provide power to the new Taurus SHO and Lincoln MKT. While we’re not yet allowed discuss what it’s like to drive cars and trucks, you can draw your conclusions from the Ford-provided torque graph (at right) that compares its output against the output of the 4.6 litre Cadillac V8 in the STS.

While 3.5 litre EcoBoost has impressive power production, it also substantially reduces the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to competitive V8 engines. Relative to the 4.2-4.8 litre V8 motors used in other luxury sedans, Ford’s V6 is near the top of the segment in terms of power and torque, yet CO2 emissions are only 218 grams-per-kilometre. The V8s range from 227 g/km for the Lexus GS450 to 272 g/km for the Infiniti M45.

The 3.5-litre V6 is just the first step. When Ford first announced EcoBoost last year, the plan was offer up to 500,000 such engines annually within five years. That plan has now been significantly accelerated. The V6 will be targeted as a premium engine option in the larger vehicles this year. In 2010, the same engine will be available in the F-150 pickup as lower consumption alternative to the 5.4-litre V8 while offering comparable or better performance and an 11,000 pound towing capacity. Ford says the V6 should be able to achieve up 20 percent better fuel efficiency than the larger V8.

Late this year, Ford will also start production of a 1.6 litre EcoBoost four-cylinder in the UK for vehicles like the Focus. In the next couple of years, Ford will also launch a mid-level four-cylinder, likely a 2.0 litre to supplant the current 3.0 litre V6, as well as smaller 1.2 litre EcoBoost engines. By 2013, 90% of all vehicles that Ford builds will be available with EcoBoost power. The company plans to sell 1.3 million such powerplants globally, with 700,000 of those coming to the U.S.

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2 comments

  1. I think Ford is definitely on the right track. While they are dabbling successfully with hybrids, I believe more people, like myself, prefer real all fuel powertrains (gas, diesel, hydrogen…). The torque curve shown for the I4 looks impressive too; coupled with a few more gears or a two-speed final drive I suspect they could develop some serious improvements in highway economy.
    The biggest challenge I think manufactures are going to face though, is conditioning consumers to the operation of turbocharged vehicles and allowing them proper warming up and cooling down times before operation. Even with turbo diesels having been in use here in the states for many years now, I still come across owners who have replaced turbos several times and still know nothing about allowing them to cool down before shutting them down. If they achieve the needed education goals with consumers, they will stand a good chance of saving themselves some warranty cost, and further boosting customer satisfaction with these new powerplant options.


  2. I agree, I had a 1979 Buick Turbo, they were famous for eating Turbos, but my best buddy had a 79 Ford Mustang Turbo and put 400,000 kms on it and never touched any part of the engine including the Turbo. The ECOBOOST turbos are attached directly to the engine block so when you shut off the engine the excessive heat from the Turbo is absorded in to the enging block, thus eliminating the oil cooking on the turbo bearing problem. Ford knows what they’re doing, while the others have been sitting on old technology and just re-packing it (GM), Ford has been progressing steadily behind closed doors since the 70’s.



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