Ford has already shown us the benefits of its new 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine in the 2012 Explorer, with the latest version of the seven-seat SUV able to return a best-in-class 20/28 mpg city/highway when equipped with the frugal four-cylinder engine.
Now the automaker has done the same with the smaller 2012 Ford Edge, which for the latest model year gets the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost option.
When equipped with the EcoBoost engine and front-wheel drive configuration, the Edge returns an EPA-rated fuel economy of 21/30 mpg city/highway--the 13th Blue Oval model to get 30 mpg or better from the EPA. Opt for the all-wheel drive model, however, and these figures should worsen by 1-2 mpg respectively.
This advanced EcoBoost four-cylinder engine provides the optimum balance between fuel efficiency and responsive power, delivering 240 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and a generous 270 pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm.
In case you’re not up to date, the key to EcoBoost engines' stellar fuel economy are the twin benefits of turbocharging and direct injection, technologies that help the engines boost power while curbing fuel consumption.
But it’s not just about the engine. The 2012 Ford Edge with the EcoBoost engine also gets a six-speed automatic transmission with an active warm-up system to reduce internal friction at start, and an active grille shutter system that closes as vehicle speed increases to improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.
Note, the Edge with the four-cylinder Ecoboost engine was originally unveiled at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show and was destined to go on sale by December that same year. However, production of the EcoBoost powered 2012 Ford Edge is now scheduled to start later this month.