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Ford has made a public commitment to industry-leading fuel economy, and the most important component of that plan comes in a small but efficient package. Product Development chief Derek Kuzak told Automotive News that the Blue Oval will sport a four-cylinder option in every car and crossover by 2013. Ford is going to lean heavily on its forthcoming Ecoboost engines to accomplish this feat, as turbocharged four-cylinder engines can provide V6 punch without the same thirst for fuel. With far stricter CO2 and fuel economy mandates on the way, Ford is going to need all the Ecoboost engines it can make.
Ford foresees the need for 750,000 Ecoboost engines per year by 2013, and two thirds of that total will be four-bangers. V8 engines will be relegated to large pickups, SUVs and the Ford Mustang, but Kuzak says the company is even looking at turbocharged four-cylinder engines for the full-size F-150 pickup. If Ford can produce enough power from an Ecoboost engine to power an F-150, we'd love to drive a Mustang with that engine. Light weight and 300+ turbocharged horsepower coming from America's original pony car sounds good to us.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      while at it make the AWD optional for any engine size

      imagine a Focus RS with a DI Turbo 4 and AWD
      or even the upcoing Fiesta - looks nice and can go anywhere

      i see no reason to want a CUV/SUV unless you have towing needs

      looks like FOrd is in the right track,
      now lets se what GM has to present to Obama's administration
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, a powerful 4 in a pony would be awesome fun.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Mustang is supposed to be a Pony Car that can be equipped as a Muscle Car. A modern 4 (with a turbo) would likely prove faster than the current truck V6 in their now, but that's not the problem.

        The problem Ford will have is that the Mustang V8 crowd is so ingrained in their hate for any other engine type. Ford would need to not only offer the smaller engine, but also offer an extremely sporty package that made the car far more athletic than a V8 in the turns to shut down the haters. They also would need to advertise it and race it. Only then could a 4-cylinder Mustang get any respect.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I said the same thing about the Challenger, but the hicks hated the comment. Personally, the idea of a musclecar is a RWD car with good power to weight, IMHO.... and it doesn't matter how many cylinders that takes. A boosted 4 banger seems like a win win.... on the highway, when you aren't really on boost, it returns decent MPG, and in town, or for passing, you still have a lot of power. Of course, I'm sure the hicks will be in here soon saying how 4 bangers are for sissies, etc. Whatever. Go flip some burgers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        so wrong. just like the mustang II and the svo.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thats what I thought. Nobody wants another pintostang.

        But at least V8 will still be an option this time around.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Rob,

        The Charger is a lot more car than the Mustang (weight wise) it may not have been a great idea.

        Dude, the Mustang with a lighter 4 cylinder and an off the shelf Ford racing suspension would easily out handle the V8 car and be a compelling argument against the V8.

        I think the reality of it is, that those who typically buy Pony or any other type of performance car for modifying, see the smaller displacement engine as a hinderance. You will always be able to make greater amounts of power for less money on a car with more displacement. I do, however, see the ecoboost engines able to get a good response in this day and age, if you're looking for a car to handle better and get better fuel economy and maximum HP/sound isn't of concern, there's no reason not to go FI 4 over NA 8.
        • 6 Years Ago
        a turbo 4 would be less expensive, significantly lighter, be more efficient.

        think of all the room you would have inside the mustang engine bay if it only had a 4cyl inside?
      • 6 Years Ago
      4 cylinder Ford Exporer?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh thats right... I failed to read the damned article first haha..
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess this is the "right" direction Ford should be going in, but I don't understand why everyone thinks this is such a new and brilliant idea. What's with all the announcements Ford is making? It's what is expected by the robotic public isn't it? It's something that the Japanese have been doing since forever. It's something that many foreign companies have been doing forever too, including Ford themselves in their Euro-branch.
      Listen if they can make a V-8 that gets the gas mileage of a 1.6 liter 4cylinder, then THAT'S something to announce and I'd be more than happy to own a car that had one. BUT, okay Ford, your "going to make" new 4 cylinder engines, fine. Make em already and STFU.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Probably just so people like you can bitch about nothing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Rob,
      You’re so dead on!! Anyone who prefers a V-8 over a 4 is SOO a hick!!! When will people realize that part of being a carguy (or car-chick, don’t want to offend anyone) is dictating to everyone what they should like about cars and calling anyone who differs grade school like names. I mean really how dare someone prefer one type of car over another, we need to limit peoples choices in cars to 4 cylinder or less engines and limit those to 100 hp or less, we are car-people so we know better.
      Rob, in reality you are a jackass sir! I own 3 cars, 2 of which have high HP V8's! I am a lifelong car guy, I respect ALL cars 4,8,10 or even 12 cyl. I respect people’s right to buy what they like and also believe that the consumers should dictate the "CAFE standards, if we want 50mpg care we'll buy them!!
      Well writing this took up so much time that I am now going to go get my hick self in my V-8 powered sportscar and get some BBQ for lunch.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So by your logic the US is the ONLY place that is doing "harm" to the earth. Funny, I work for an automotive accessory company and some of our product is chromed and you know that the crazy thing is, we MUST export the product to Japan for coating and then ship back to the US. Why you ask because the US HAS enviromental STANDARDS and Japan, China, ect do not so wheres alll your smart ass comments on them destroying the planet. Must just be that the US is big and evil right.......
        You know for as evil of a country as the rest of the world THINKS the US is you'd think that people wouldnt want to live here and yet everyday millions flock here for the oppritunity to live free.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Only problem is that the public in America doesn't believe that there is a climate problem that requires us to change our engine choices, despite what the vast majority of scientists say. So we continue to harm the environment, but hey, at least WE are dictating policy, right?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Noah: the vast majority of scientists DON'T believe there is a climate problem, at least not a man-made one. There's just a very, very vocal minority that makes it sound like they are the majority. Most scientists I know don't think there is enough data. But they are likely to remain quiet because a) helping the environment isn't a bad thing and b) all the hub-bub is bringing in lots of grant money. Scientists are human; if their livelihoods depend on grant money, they'll go with the flow.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can't wait for the 4-cylinder F-450...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmm... and people were scoffing when rumors of the Solstice GXP's 2.0L LNF Turbo were to go in the Camaro...
      • 6 Years Ago
      here come the coffee can mustang exhausts
      • 6 Years Ago
      You know what would be cooler?

      Small displacement (~2.0L) V8s. Hell yeah.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think Ford is right on the money with offeriing a 4 cylinder option across its' line. For everyday driving for the masses a 4 cyl would be fine. All the foreign competion ( Toyota, Honda, Hyundai etc.) have build a solid reputation with their 4 cyl engines and as far as Ford goes I think you would be hard pressed to find many V6's s in their Euro offerings. I for one will welcome the 4 bangers. Of course you always need to look at what you're halling around. If you got a car load of kids and adults the majority of the time then the V6 or V8 makes more sence but for one or two people a 4 cyl will do just fine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford is in a perfect position with $Billions in cash and GM considering Ch-11 bankruptcy and Chrysler ready to be broken up for parts, no wonder Ford is taking marketshare the last few months. Anyone looking to buy a new car/truck/suv must thing twice before buying GM or Chrysler with their problems and risk at going under. The Leasing Guide just cut residual values on half of GM vehicles and all of Chrysler.

      Plus, Ford has "aspirational" cars coming by this summer that will draw the emotional buyers, for example:
      - New Mustang and Shelby GT500
      - New Fusion and Hybrid (beats Camry)
      - New Taurus and SHO (EcoBoost)
      - Flex w/EcoBoost
      - New F150 - SVT Raptor and Harley-Davidson
      - New Transit Connect vans for small business
      - Plus, new Focus and Fiesta coming next year and new Explorer coming soon...

      Must admit, Ford is firing on all cyclinders, they just need a little better economy and they might overtake GM in a few years. No wonder Ford CEO Alan Mullay is all smiles, he can see it coming!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Weight is the auto industry's biggest problem in regards to fuel mileage, handling, and design. Like most Americans, Ford and the rest of the industry need to go on a diet.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Funny about Americans and weight -

        Wherever our lifestyle goes [read: fast food, long work hours, less time with family etc] up goes weight. If it were as simple as a diet, then it wouldnt be a problem.

        Weight in cars is like weight in people: there needs to be profound changes in thinking. Most auto engineers that i've met admit they learned what they know from their peers. So you build-in a culture of engineering that doesn't really know how to "think" skinny. Its like an obese family. How can kids learn proper eating skills if their own parents reinforce the wrong messages?

        Even if the fat kid learns how to diet, eat healthy etc - it might be too late. Many winners of that show "America's Biggest Loser" end up putting a lot of that hard-lost weight right back on.

        So how do you teach the auto engineers to not go back to that which they know?
        • 6 Years Ago
        They can't. The Government won't allow it. Every gain in fuel economy over the past 20 years has been met and exceeded by new safety standards that add more weight to vehicles.
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