Ford Brings EcoBoost Tech to 2011 Edge SUV: Likely to Get 30 MPG Highway

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At the 2010 Chicago Auto Show today Ford revealed its 2011 Edge crossover. In addition to a facelift and some new interior technology, Ford’s next iteration of the popular Edge will get one green tweak that is beginning to spread across all of Ford’s lineup: an EcoBoost engine.

Ford only just started its rollout of EcoBoost engine technology last year on four vehicles—the Ford Taurus SHO, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS, and Lincoln MKT—but that was just the beginning. The company has set its sights on making EcoBoost available in 90% of its vehicles by 2013.

Using a combination of turbocharging and specially engineered direct injection, EcoBoost provides a base 10% increase in fuel efficiency and lowered emissions over a comparably sized conventional engined vehicle. In the case of the 2011 Edge, Ford will have 3 engine options: a 3.5 liter V-6 rated at 27 MPG highway (pretty damn good just by itself), a 3.7 liter V-6 “sport” engine, and the 2.0 liter turbocharged I-4 EcoBoost.

Although Ford hasn’t officially released fuel economy numbers for the 2011 EcoBoost Edge yet, they certainly have dropped a lot of hints in their press kit, saying, “With the introduction of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4, fuel economy on the new Edge will be 30 percent better than it was in 2006. Plus, Ford’s newest EcoBoost engine will deliver on the promise of 15 percent fuel economy improvements versus the Edge’s current 3.5-liter V-6 engine while offering the performance feel of a six-cylinder.”

Given that the current 3.5 liter V-6 in the 2010 Edge returns an EPA estimated 18 MPG city and 25 MPG highway, add 15% to that and you’ve got 21 MPG city and 30 MPG highway. I know what you’re thinking, those aren’t great numbers, but for a people-mover family SUV, 30 MPG on the highway without the added cost premium of a hybrid system is no small feat and worthy of some serious cred.

Does a 30 MPG people-mover family vehicle for around $30,000 sound good to you? It sure does to me.

Source: Ford | Image Credit: Ford

 

Nick Chambers

Not your traditional car guy.