Once upon a time, most Americans drove cars with big honkin’ V8 engines. Slowly but surely, there has been a move towards smaller, but no less powerful, four-cylinder engines in everything from compacts to crossovers. If this report is to be believed, the 2.0 liter EcoBoost Ford Edge may get up to 30 mpg highway.
In a stunning turnaround from an industry standard, Ford is putting a premium price on their smaller engines. The Ford Explorer with the2.0 liter EcoBoost engine is rated at 20/28, not bad at all for a seven-passenger SUV, and a 3 MPG improvement over the base V6. It’s smaller cousin, the Ford edge, has seating for five, but with the 2.0 literEcoBoost it will see up to 30 mpg highway and 21 mpg city, which should work out to about 25 combined. I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for the Ford Edge (not so much the Flex) and it will be interesting to see if buyers opt for the pricier four-cylinder fuel saving engines.
Consumers won’t sacrifice much in the way of power though, that is for sure. The standard 3.5 literV6 engine offers about 280 horsepower and 253 ft-lbs of torque, and has a rating of 19/26. The2.0 literEcoBoost engine is expected to deliver around 240 horsepower and 285 ft-lbs of torque, and will deliver substantially better fuel economy. And remember, its torque you feel, not horsepower.
Source: Ford Inside News
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.