The Ford EcoBoost™ engines will power as much as 90 percent of the company’s North American nameplates by 2013.EcoBoost is available now in the Ford Flex and Taurus, and Lincoln MKS and MKT. EcoBoost will be expanded to 11 global nameplates with the addition of three new variants.
The next three EcoBoost engines are:
Ford engineers have upgraded the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 for rear-wheel-drive applications. In the F-150, the EcoBoost is expected to deliver best-in-class fuel economy along with the power and towing capability of a V8.
EcoBoost technology combines direct fuel injection, variable cam timing and turbocharging to reduce fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and vehicle weight, while giving drivers the performance of a bigger engine.
While Ford has rolled out the first generation of EcoBoost engines, researchers are studying ways to create smaller versions, preserving performance and improving fuel economy.
“We are trying to get in front of the pack in leveraging EcoBoost for fuel economy,” Kapp said. “It’s going to be a trend in the industry, and we can’t rest on our laurels for one minute. We are going to keep wringing more efficiency out of EcoBoost.”
EcoBoost technology will enable Ford to not only fulfill the company’s goal of being among the leaders in fuel economy in every segment, but also to meet the federal government’s new 35.5 mpg fuel economy standard, which takes effect in 2016.
In addition to high volume, affordability will be another key attribute of EcoBoost and other Ford fuel-saving powertrains. For example, the new Fiesta is available with an optional fuel-saving PowerShift six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. When equipped with PowerShift, Fiesta gets an EPA-estimated 40 mpg on the highway. The PowerShift transmission will also be available in the next-generation Ford Focus.