Turbos and lighter cars could be both efficient and fun
Ford Motor Company has announced that they will sell three new versions of their fuel-saving EcoBoost engines by the end of this year. The company hopes to produce 1.5 million EcoBoost engines by 2013. Ford is placing so much faith in its turbocharged engines that the company plans on using the engine in 90 percent of cars built in the U.S.
If you are not up to date on FoMoCo’s marketing language, an EcoBoost engine is essentially a turbocharged direct-injected engine with variable valve timing. Ford designed the engine with the hope that it will produce the power of a larger displacement engine, but with the fuel efficiency of a smaller one. Ford claims the current 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine produces V-8 horsepower and V-6 fuel economy.
The three new EcoBoost engines are a 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 3.5-liter V-6 designed for rear-wheel-drive applications. The 2.0-liter has been confirmed to be in the next-generation Ford Explorer and Edge. The V-6 will be used in the F-150. The new EcoBoost engine could potentially give the F-150 the best fuel efficiency in its class.
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