I love turbochargers. While superchargers hold a special place in my heart, the efficiency and sheer amount of power a well-made turbocharger system can produce really tickles my fancy. That is one of the reasons I love Ford’s new line of EcoBoost turbocharged engines.
The Blue Oval announced on Tuesday that it would be adding the EcoBoost engine to four more vehicles in the near future, including the Edge, F-150, and yet-to-be-unveiled 2011 Explorer. It was also announced today that next generation EcoBoost engines would have an improved Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system to boost fuel efficiency.
One of the worst kept secrets as of late has been Ford’s plan to use the EcoBoost engine in the Ford F-150. Obviously, they are hoping this will give them a leg up over the competition when it comes to power and fuel economy. The engine will be the 3.5 liter V6 that makes 365 horsepower and 365 ft-lbs of torque in the Taurus SHO. It is the first factory production vehicle to put the 3.5 liter EcoBoost engine in a rear-wheel drive platform.
The other vehicles that will be getting EcoBoost engines in short order are the Ford Edge and upcoming Explorer, which has yet to make its public debut. These two vehicles will be getting a 2.0 liter, four cylinder EcoBoost engine that is expected to make about 240 horsepower while delivering fuel economy close to 30 mpg, even in the heavy SUVs. Finally there is the C-Max, a European Focus-based wagon that will get a 1.6 liter Ecoboost engine that will make around 180 horsepower. No mention yet of an EcoBoost Focus or Fiesta, though spy shots caught a turbocharged Fiesta scooting around a few weeks ago.
Additionally, Ford plans to have its next round of EcoBoost engines to use an improved EGR system. I’ve seen old-school EGR systems, and besides being power killers, they were usually leaky and smelly. The idea was to use recirculated exhaust gases to cool the combustion chamber, allowing a leaner mix of fuel thus improving fuel economy and lower emissions. Ford is borrowing technology from diesel engines that cools the exhaust gases, which improves the fuel economy benefit even more, which Ford estimates will lead to a 5% increase in efficiency. Ford is also planning to have 98% of their vehicles equipped with fuel-saving six speed transmissions by the end of 2012, and will soon introduce start-stop technology on many vehicles. Not too shabby guys!
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