Ford Motor Co. said
it will bring its EcoBoost engine technology to mid-level vehicles as a way of
boosting fuel efficiency in a wider variety of its products.
Consumer Reports' "Future of the Car" event here in East Haddam, CT Ford
engineers said the new technology will eventually trickle down to the Ford Flex crossover, Ford Taurus and Ford F-150 truck. The
technology is also scheduled to hit the streets in the spring of 2009 in the
Lincoln MKS luxury car.
EcoBoost family of 4- and 6-cylinder engines is said to deliver 20-percent better fuel
efficiency and 15-percent fewer CO2 emissions by combining direct injection
technology with turbocharging to produce better performance in a smaller block.
application, the idea isn't to give consumers a bunch of performance from the
turbocharger, but to give parity in performance and give superior fuel
economy," said Brett Hinds, advanced engine design manager for Ford.
the Lincoln MKS at Consumer Reports' Auto Test Facility, Hinds said
EcoBoost could save about $400 per year for a consumer who drives 15,000 miles
per year and pays $3.75/gal. Doing so, he said, it would take several
years for a car owner to recoup the extra cost of the engine, but the
payback would occur faster than if the consumer had purchased a hybrid vehicle instead.
offering an environmental choice and an improvement in fuel economy, and we're
not compromising the vehicle's performance," Hinds said.
Hinds said by adding EcoBoost to a 3.5-liter engine, Ford produced a six-cylinder
engine that peaks at 340 ft-lb of torque and 340 HP.
much power, we can replace V8 engines in many applications," Hinds said.