Small Displacement Turbo Engine for Next Generation Fusion/Mondeo
Now that the Ford Fusion/Mondeo are merging onto the same platform by 2013/2014, and with Hyundai gaining lots of enthusiast press attention for their Sonata 2.0 Turbo, I really feel that the new global Fusion/Mondeo would do well to have a small displacement turbocharged engine available. Either a 2.0 Turbo or a 2.5 Turbo. I'm sure that an EcoBoost derivative will be on offer with the new Fusion/Mondeo, but having a smaller single turbo as a base engine option would allow the Fusion to be a real performer as a mid-size sedan and have lower cost of entry for sedan buyers than the EcoBoost option.
By: Robert G.
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Robert G. Okay, I can see your concerns and point. And yes...KISS is a good principle to follow in anything. But with the ever increasing requirements for CAFE standards for automakers and the average consumers desires for fuel economy and still having a fun, spirited, and engaging car, a Turbo seems to offer that balance of power and economy with a lower cost of entry compared to larger displacement engines. And it is not like Ford hasn't already developed a type of turbo that is capable of being maintained and serviced effectively, Ford already has this experience in EcoBoost and has been utilizing turbochargers in its Dura-Torque lineup of turbo diesel engines around the globe. I feel extremely confident that Ford has and would preform lengthy, rigorous testing around any turbo application on their engines. Testing them in harsh conditions, including poorly maintained engines as you propose to ensure that the quality is there in the product. But if you want to see a manufacturer who has chosen to embrace a turbo four in the mid-size family sedan segment, look at Hyundai. They are launching the Sonata Turbo this year and it possesses the power and fun to drive factor of a Fusion Sport, with less weight and gives better fuel economy. For the buyer who needs the practicality of a family sedan but still wants the fun to drive factor and the enthusiasm of a sports car, this is a great balance of both in one package. For those who prefer economy only, there would always be a naturally aspirated engine available.
3 year(s) ago via
L.G. K.I.S.S.- Keep it simple Stupid! A Turbo repair can cost as much to fix as an engine rebuild. It is not a good choice for the average family car buyer who may delay the odd oil change, fluid top up or leak repair. The turbo should be for the enthusiast , or commercial driver, who watches maintenance more closely. The reputation of the brand would really suffer if a parent experienced that type of trouble, and after taking the kids to the game, mentioned the repair bill to other parents.
3 year(s) ago via
Robert G There wouldn't be a need for a new engine. The new 2.0L I-4 that is going to be the base engine in the new global Focus would be a perfect plant to both Turbocharge and is already going to be used in the Focus ST with EcoBoost. The 2.5 already exists in the current Fusion in the US as its base engine. The only development would be in a turbo that fits the engine chosen and that cost should be minimal given the economies of scale for global production. The DuraTorq line of Diesel engines would be welcome for US consumers, but they must be certified and tested to meet Federal Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions standards...and that is no easy task. If Ford already has a single Turbo I-4 that would fit in the new Fusion/Mondeo replacement and mate to a Six-Speed Manual or a Six-Speed Dual Clutch gearbox...then perfect. The idea here is to have a competent offering from Ford for those that want a fun to drive, sporty, engaging mid-size sedan but aren't looking for the power of EcoBoost lets say.
3 year(s) ago via
H Smith Why are new engine? Why not the current production DuraTorq diesels? Why pay the development costs to change somthing that is already in the market?
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