Ford’s new EcoBoost engine technology is heralded by the company as the key to finding a balance between power and economy. By combining the effects of direct-injection, variable valve timing, and turbocharging technologies, Ford is both increasing the power of its engines and reducing fuel consumption--a win-win situation for both consumers and the environment.
Until now, Ford has only applied its EcoBoost technology to six-cylinder powerplants. Today, at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, the company has unveiled its next-generation high-efficiency low-CO2 four-cylinder EcoBoost gasoline engine family.
Available initially in 1.6- and 2.0-liter capacities (an advanced small capacity engine is due later), the new engines will be introduced in Europe from 2010 but are scheduled to reach North America soon after. The first model available with the engines will be the new C-MAX, which is headed to the U.S. in 2011.
According to Ford, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced by up to 20% compared with conventional gasoline engines of similar output and size. The 1.6-liter unit will span the 150-180 horsepower range, while the 2.0-liter mill will cater for applications of 200 horsepower and above.
By 2012, Ford plans globally to produce 1.3 million EcoBoost engines annually--750,000 of these in the U.S. Just one year later, Ford expects to offer EcoBoost engines in 90% of its global product lineup.