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Ford's EcoBoost offensive is continuing at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week with the official launch of the third member of the family, the 1.6-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine. The new engine joins the 3.5-liter V6 currently in production and the already announced 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Like the rest of the family, this one features direct gasoline injection, a turbocharger and dual independent variable valve timing.

Output numbers aren't yet final, but the 1.6-liter should produce about 180 horsepower and 170-175 lb-ft of torque. Ford's plan is to use these EcoBoost engines to replace larger normally aspirated engines in various applications. For example, the 1.6-liter will replace 2.0-2.5-liter engines in many C-segment vehicles like the Focus and C-Max. The 2.0-liter will replace 2.5-3.0-liter units starting in 2010 CUVs and SUVs. That likely means we will see this as the base engine in the new unibody Explorer and possibly as a replacement for the V6 in the Escape.

Ford plans to have 1.3 million of these engines on the road over the next four years with availability in 80 percent of its product lines.

Check out the latest edition of the Autoblog Podcast as Ford's Mark Schirmer and Mark Kaufman join us to discuss the new C-Max, EcoBoost and the rest of the C-Segment vehicles.

[Source: Ford]


  • Ford's current 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine will be complemented with new 1.6-, 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injected I-4 engines for Europe, North America and Australia
  • The new high-volume four-cylinder EcoBoost engines will be offered across most of Ford's global product lineup, including midsize and large vehicles
  • The new engines will deliver up to a 20 percent improvement in fuel economy on up to 1.3 million vehicles globally by 2013, retaining fun-to-drive characteristics of Ford products

DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 15, 2009 – Ford's high-performance, fuel-saving four-cylinder EcoBoost engine family is making its global debut early in 2010, marking a major milestone in the company's strategy to deliver greater fuel economy for millions.

The all-new EcoBoost 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter I-4 engines combine turbocharging and direct-injection technology to deliver fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reduced by up to
20 percent versus conventional, larger-displacement gasoline engines with similar power output. At the same time, EcoBoost engines will deliver the off-the-line power and performance characteristics familiar to diesel enthusiasts.

The fun-to-drive nature of EcoBoost engines is leading Ford to introduce these fuel-saving powertrains in large volumes virtually across its lineup. For example, by 2013 more than 90 percent of Ford's North American lineup will be available with EcoBoost technology, and nearly 80 percent of Ford's global nameplates will have an available EcoBoost option.

"Ford engineers looked at every available engine configuration, comparing power, price, economy and emissions, determining the best way to power Ford vehicles in the future," said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Ford Global Product Development.

"EcoBoost technology gives us everything: a combination of the performance buyers expect and fuel economy improvements they demand that, until now, only has been achievable with the latest-generation turbo-diesel powertrains," he added.

Going forward, Ford will shift its powertrain allocations. Under the new system:

  • A 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 would replace naturally aspirated V-8 engines
  • A 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 would replace naturally aspirated V-6 engines
  • A 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4 would replace naturally aspirated large I-4 engines

"With this next phase of our plan, we will expand our EcoBoost engine offerings, adding higher-volume, fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines to the premium V-6 engine we currently offer in North America," said Kuzak.

For European markets, the first available I-4 EcoBoost engines will be 1.6-liter units that launch on the all-new Ford C-MAX in late 2010. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine will arrive on larger European Ford products and will be launched in North America in 2010. Australia will see the Ford Falcon arrive with an available 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 in 2011.

By 2013, global EcoBoost volume throughout the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicle family is expected to be 1.3 million units, with up to 750,000 sales coming from North America alone.

Why EcoBoost?

EcoBoost engines combine direct gasoline injection with turbocharging to lower emissions, improve performance and reduce fuel use. Technological advancements provide driving fun with high power ratings from lower-capacity engines and torque performance similar to that found on turbocharged diesels.

"EcoBoost is an integrated part of Ford's global mid- and long-term sustainability strategy," said Kuzak. "Combined with advanced multi-speed transmissions, electric power steering, weight reductions and aerodynamic improvements, EcoBoost will help Ford address the world's global warming and energy challenges without sacrificing the joy of driving."

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Please ford.. put this engine in a Fiesta RS type package or use it all around in all the Fiesta lineup as it comes to the US.
      This engine would make the new fiesta an absolute insane pleasure to drive, yet get great mileage.
      C segment. Hmmm. will have to see how that goes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ditto, ecoboosted fiesta 3 door would rock

      • 5 Years Ago
      I love these clever solution to emissions and economy. According to this - www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle.ASpx?AR=243240 - Ford are also looking at a three-cylinder version. I'm waiting for the two...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry Ford but you screwed up. I was going to get a Fiesta, but now that I know this is coming I'll be waiting until the car is available with this engine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      eeewww, a timing belt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 2.0 needs to go in a Focus ST.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a good thing. Ford NA is almost giving me that same good feeling when I finally started to see Hyundai turn themselves around, now it is Ford's turn. Great job Ford. I knew you guys would finally see the light.

      Alright GM and Chrysler I am still waiting........ I have yet to see some signs of innovation from either of you guys that is not just vapor.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nah, there was nothing innovative this when GM did it 3 years ago. The 2.0DI turbo Ecotec in the Sky/Solstice/Cobalt SS have already been down that road. Nothing innovative about the 1.4L DI Turbo in the upcoming Cruze that gets the same power as this 1.6 Ecoboost mill, nothing innovative at all.

        Nothing innovative about the Volt, which will send everyone back to the rethink hybrids. Heck, Lotus is already working on a similar powertrain. You know it won't take very long for the bandwagon jumpers to get onboard.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There are some folks here that are worried about turbocharger longevity.
      As long as the bearings are of high quality, its liquid and oil cooled, and has the recommended oil changes, things should be peachy.
      Like anything else, poor maintenance kills even the best cars, turbo or normally aspirated.
      Still, with good maintenance 150-200K shouldnt be a big deal.
      Turbos arent that spendy and could be kitted pretty ez as they arent very complicated to repair.
      If ford used a small variable vane turbo, the engine, driven leisurely,will get normally aspirated fuel economy numbers.
      Varible porting has been around in 2 stroke motocross engines since the early 1980s.
      I always wondered when someone would get the idea to have a variable vane, centrifical force design that would make the turbo work in more situations with no lag, less blow off, and more efficiency.
      I lived the 80s,turbos today would be a great fit in todays market and if Ford pushes the ecoboost engines, they will only make more sales.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love my 08 Sport Trac Adrenalin 4.6L V8. I'm a sucker for the sound of a good V8. However, I'd drop my 292hp (stock lol) V8 in a heart for the 3.5L EcoBoost. My Fiance' has a 06 WRX and I just love the sound of that turbo. The acceleration is just insane. I'm extremely happy that we are seeing Ford go the way of the turbo. As a Lincoln Mercury sales rep I'm excited for the additional fuel economy and power. I'm really excited to have the "turbo" tag on some new products. Things that say "turbo" sell.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not even that shocking, Fiat, GM and VAG already do 1.4's with more HP's than that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't exactly know, but probably flat enough for the kinds of cars they're built into. 1.4's are used from Fiat 500's to Bravo's. Say up to the C-segment.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Jim - in the Abarth the 1.4 turbo puts out 135hp, and in the SS version it's 160 (165?). The performance version (Ferrari) of that puts out 180hp. The 1.4 that you're referring to is the NON turbo version.


        • 5 Years Ago
        "Don't exactly know, but probably flat enough for the kinds of cars they're built into. 1.4's are used from Fiat 500's to Bravo's. Say up to the C-segment."

        Umm, Robert, according to fiat.co.uk, the 1.4 liter in the 500 is only 100 hp.
        • 5 Years Ago
        GM's 1.4L Turbo is said to make 140hp. Last time I checked, 180 is more than 140.

        Fiat's 1.4L Turbo makes 135hp in the 500 Abarth, 160 in the Abarth SS, and 180 in the Ferrari edition model. While 180hp from a 1.4L is more impressive than 180hp from a 1.6L, keep in mind the Fiat version is a special edition model tuned for max power while the Ford engine is going to be mainstream and tuned for maximum FE/Power ratio.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Although higher than GM's deployment of DI turbo Ecotecs, 1.3M engines worldwide of this sort isn't exactly "to the masses". It'll still be in high-perf, more expensive special edition models.

        I do agree getting the price of DI turbo 4s (and 3s?) down will be a wonderful advance and deploying them like this will be a good first step. The more that are made, the more rapidly the cost will come down.

        I don't think GM makes a 1.4L turbo with more HP than this. I don't think they have a 1.4L DI turbo at all. If they made a 1.4L version of the LNF it would do about this well, and on regular gas, too. So I guess they could do it, but as mentioned, it would still probably cost too much.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How's their torque curve?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The EcoBoost is getting closer to being actually Eco. 180HP in a Focus is only greatly excessive instead of stupidly excessive like the current uses for the 3.5L.

      Ford, how about putting this is something where it would be actually ecological? Like a Fusion or as mentioned above, a Ranger?

      As a GM guy (in general) I do have to say now that Ford is noticeably closer to using their EcoBoost in an ecological situation than GM is with their use of the turbocharged Ecotecs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I say put it in an escape and run it against the 182 2.4 equinox that gets 32 hwy,if it gets 40,great if it gets 33 why bother?
        • 5 Years Ago
        turbos are not magic?


        yeah, turbos and superchargers allow for more air to be pumped into the engine, which then takes advantage of additional fuel to combust. this means that the forced induction system allows for smaller engines to make more power without spinning 14k rpm. however, FI cars are typically setup to run richer which decreases efficiency of the combustion since not all the fuel is used, or at least at the expected 14.7:1 ratio.
        TCs are better than SCs for power loss since there is no direct drag on the crank, but the turbo does still slow exhaust gasses and reduces efficiency when not in 'boost'

        i say scrap them all for a hybrid electric supercharger, positive displacement type.

        the best way to improve fuel economy starts with the driver, even more so with turbo applications.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's not going to get 40 in an Equinox-sized vehicle. Turbos are not magic. The only way to make power is to burn fuel, turbos just let you burn more fuel.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought the whole point of the EcoBoost engine line was to increase fuel efficiency. Decreasing displacement doesn't mean much when the 3.5 is rated for the same fuel mileage as my 4.6L V8. Seems like the EcoBoost actually means boosting Ford's PR. Granted, it does have more horsepower than my engine, but it just doesn't sound the same. If Ford produced a V8 version of EcoBoost, there is a good chance it would be more fuel efficient than the current 3.5L EcoBoost engine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 4.6L V8 in my car is NOT a pushrod/cam in block engine; and it is by no means lazy. My 4.6 is a SOHC 24V (3 Valves per cylinder). Advancing the timing to take advantage of 93 Octane (which the EcoBoost engines use as far as I know) on this "lazy" engine easily adds at least 20HP more to the already 300HP at the flywheel. Just wondering...since when is a 4.7/4.8 0-60 considered lazy and slow? The new 5.0 DOHC V8 is expected to produce around 400HP without the addition of a turbocharger.
        You must have not actually driven a V8 that is built to perform.
        Here is some trivia:
        What kind of motor is in the SSC Ultimate Aero TT?
        A "slow lazy pushrod V8"

        • 5 Years Ago
        lol, no

        can anyone tell how much the dropout is on american schools?

        the v6 ecoboost is a dohc engine with the power of a v8 or more.
        the v8 pushrod is a slow lazy engine.
        the v8 has early power and launches the car pretty fast.
        but it wil never have a nice GT charracter/feeling, never.
        it takes ages to get high rpm's in order to shift to the next gear.
        that what makes the pushrod a pretty boring engine.

        while the ecoboost 3.5 is a engine that likes the higher rpm range.

        would you make a v8 dohc ecoboost, it would have a simular charracter as the v6 engine.
        if your car revs very quickly to 6000 or more, you're going to use it.
        because in the end, whenever it's possible, you wanna play around with the stick and get adixctd to it.
        6000+ == guzle.

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