Ecoboost Engines to Power 90% of Ford Vehicles
According to Barb Samardzich, company's vice president for powertrains, the American manufacturer forecasts it will produce 700,000 engines in the US every year and 1.3 million around the world.
The plan Ford has in mind is simple. The technology now allows for smaller displacement or fewer cylinder engines to boast just as much power as a bigger unit, by combining turbocharging with direct injection of gasoline.
For instance. the 3.5l EcoBoost V6 engine, the first V6 direct-injection twin-turbocharged engine produced in the US, will deliver no less than 355 horsepower and a responsive 350 lb.-ft of torque across a broad rpm range.
The Ecoboost engines will allow for up to 20 percent better fuel efficiency and up to 15 percent lower CO2 emissions, compared with larger displacement engines, without sacrificing power.
In addition to the V6, Ford plans on providing a similar system for a smaller, four cylinder powerplant. Furthermore, Samardzich says that the Ecoboost system may allow for a 1.0l three cylinder engine to replace the 2.3l on the company's small and mid-sized vehicles (to be honest, we don't believe such a move will be taken by the manufacturer).
As for the V6, it will be on the streets sooner rather than later, as the manufacturer will fit it on the 2010 Lincoln MKS, Lincoln MKT, Ford Taurus SHO and Ford Flex this summer, scheduled to enter the market this summer.