• Jan 10th 2010 at 4:02PM
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2010 is shaping up to be an extremely busy year for Ford's powertrain engineering and manufacturing teams. By the end of this year, the folks in Dearborn will have launched nine engines and six transmissions that are all-new or substantially redesigned. Several of these combinations have already been revealed over the past month and more will be revealed at tomorrow's Detroit Auto Show.

On Friday morning, Barb Samardzich, VP of powertrain engineering, ran down the list at a pre-show preview. Three years ago, Ford set about the process of completely revamping its powertrain lineup, and between 2008 and 2013, a total of 60 powertrain combinations will have been introduced globally, with half of those coming by the end of this year. We already knew about the new 1.6-liter inline-four and the six-speed Powershift dual clutch automatic for the Fiesta. The Mustang is getting new V6 and V8 engines that crank up output significantly while reducing fuel consumption.

Samardzich confirmed on Friday that the 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 will land in the F-150 truck later this year. The list presented also includes the previously-announced 2.0-liter inline-four Ecoboost and a new six-speed automatic transmission for transverse applications.

As we reported earlier today, while no one would get specific about exactly which vehicles these would go into, there were smiles and the usual "not ready to announce anything" when we brought up the new unibody Explorer. When the Explorer America concept debuted at the 2008 Detroit show, there was discussion of 2.0-liter and 3.5-liter Ecoboost engines, and it appears that's exactly what it will get.


  • Ford will introduce nine new or upgraded engines and six new transmissions in North America this year as part of a five-year effort to overhaul its entire global powertrain portfolio, which totals 60 new powertrains
  • Ford's all-new normally aspirated 2.0-liter direct injection engine will power the 2012 Focus in North America
  • Ford will bring state-of-the-art fuel-saving technology, including twin independent variable cam timing (Ti-VCT), direct injection, six-speed and dual clutch transmissions to its smallest and most affordable cars
  • Ford improved fleet-wide fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions more than any other automaker in the last five years

DETROIT, Jan. 8, 2010 – Ford Motor Company will introduce nine new or upgraded engines and six new transmissions in North America in 2010 as part of a five-year effort to overhaul its entire global powertrain portfolio.

The push began in 2008 and continues through 2013 and includes 60 new or significantly upgraded engines, transmissions and transaxles globally over the five year period.

One of the advanced and fuel-efficient North American powertrains is the 2012 Ford Focus' all-new normally aspirated 2.0-liter direct fuel injection engine, the first of its kind in a Ford vehicle in North America.

"Ford is delivering on our commitment to lower emissions, improve fuel economy and deliver the highest quality powertrains in the industry," said Barb Samardzich, Ford vice president, Powertrain Engineering. "We are making this happen with one of the most ambitious powertrain upgrades ever undertaken by Ford. By the end of 2010, nearly all of Ford's North American engines will have been upgraded or replaced since 2008."

North American launches
In 2010, Ford will launch new engines and transmissions in Fiesta, Mustang, Super Duty and F-150. These new powertrains are expected to propel each vehicle to best-in-segment in fuel economy.

Fiesta's Ti-VCT 1.6-liter engine and PowerShift dual clutch transmission will deliver an estimated 40 mpg on the highway, topping both Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris.

Mustang's new Ti-VCT 305-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 delivers the class-leading performance and fuel economy Mustang buyers expect. The 2011 Mustang V-6 with six-speed automatic will deliver at least 30 mpg on the highway. No other V-6 powered sports coupe in the world delivers this level of performance and fuel economy, regardless of price.

Mustang GT gets a new 5.0-liter V-8 that cranks out a 412 total horsepower and 390 ft.-lb. of torque yet delivers at least 25 mpg on the highway – better than any competitor.

Both versions of the Mustang get all new fuel-saving manual and automatic six-speed transmissions.

Spring also marks the arrival of an all-new Ford-designed-and-built Super Duty diesel truck engine. The 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V-8 turbocharged diesel powerhouse is expected to lead the class in fuel economy towing, hauling, horsepower and torque.

With its advanced emissions systems, the new 6.7-liter diesel engine also will run cleaner than the outgoing model. The 2011 Super Duty also gets a new 6.2-liter gasoline engine.

Even as they concentrate on improving powertrain performance, Ford engineers continue to reduce engine and transmission weight. For example, the new Super Duty diesel and transmission together are185 pounds lighter than the outgoing powertrain.

With its novel features such as a "live drive" Power Take Off (PTO) and rugged TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission, Super Duty will remain the most capable workhorse in the segment.

Ford: Driving powertrain innovations into the market
Other new Ford powertrains coming in 2010 include an EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6 for the F-150. The EcoBoost 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged engine delivers the thrust and performance feel of a V-8, with the fuel efficiency of a V-6. Current EcoBoost-equipped models are delivering up to a 20 percent improvement in fuel economy and a 15 percent reduction in CO2 emissions versus larger-displacement engines.

By 2013, Ford plans to offer EcoBoost engines on 90 percent of its product lineup with annual volume of vehicles with EcoBoost at 1.3 million globally.

Toward the end of the year, a new 2.0-liter Ti-VCT four-cylinder for the next-generation Focus will mark the first introduction of a normally aspirated direct injection engine to the powertrain lineup. The all new engine will launch on the 2012 Focus in North America.

Ford: America's fuel economy leader
No automaker has posted a larger fleet-wide gain in fuel economy in the past five years. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Ford's combined car and truck fuel economy has improved nearly 20 percent since 2004 – almost double the next closest competitor.

Additionally, Ford's tailpipe CO2 emissions are declining. Ford's 2009 fleet-wide average is down approximately 9 percent from 2008.

"We are focused on sustainable technology solutions that can be used not for hundreds or thousands of cars, but for millions of cars, because that's how Ford will truly make a difference," said Samardzich.

Scheduled for 2010 are:


1.6-liter Fiesta I-4

6-speed automatic FWD

2.0-liter Focus DI I-4

6-speed PowerShift Fiesta

2.0-liter Ecoboost I-4

6-speed PowerShift Focus

3.5-liter F-150 EcoBoost V-6

6-speed manual Mustang

3.7-liter Mustang V-6

6-speed automatic Mustang

5.0-liter Mustang V-8

6-speed automatic TorqShift Super Duty

5.4-liter Shelby GT 500 V-8

6.2-liter Super Duty (gas)

6.7-liter Super Duty Power Stroke

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see the engines in store for the F-Series! Oh, happy day!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good luck!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think you meant goal, not goat...
      But anyway.
      I don't see how you think that. Okay, some of their stuff, sure. But for the majority of it, Ford's been doing a decent job of keeping their cars fun to drive. Especially if you compare them to Toyota. I dunno what all the criteria for being an appliance is, but I mean, the cars don't look bland. I know you think they're not prettiest things out there, but you gotta admit, mostly, they're not bland (transit and current focus are 2 exceptions i can think of, maybe F-150). They've been getting more powerful, with at least decent fuel mileage (I've read some of your fuel economy rants, I know, I know, but they're still not BAD). And they haven't been gaining significant weight compared to their competitors. I fail to see how they're appliances.

      I just don't understand how you have such a hatred for a company that, yeah, might be a bit overrated right now, but they're not nearly as terrible as you make them sound all the time.

      If you think Ford's getting it so wrong, who's getting it right and why?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The other day I test drove a manual fit, I was offended that the snickety car with its light clutch was called a manual. Then, I realized I was actually upset that my car had some heft about it. So Ford, please make sure that the Fiesta has an awesome manual powertrain or at least the ability to select gears on the powershift automatic. Also, if you put the hill holder on the manual transmission, I'd actually seriously consider buying a ford. Even though I swore not to buy one, I'd recant if the fiesta was sufficiently good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The real issue here is that what is the best strategy to make the bridge from current power train systems that are (oil) fuel based to future power train systems that are electro-chemical based (fuel cell/battery) or other (hydrogen for example). Ford decided that the interim power train bridge in the next 10 years was best acheived by a cross platform power train technology that is fuel based direct injected turbocharged engines. GM decided that it needs a win in a generator backup battery vehicle (Volt) to assert itself in the marketplace and convince customers that they are technologically relevant. One is a proven technology and the other isn't. Both produce hybrids and are rapidly gearing up for plug in hybrids. Will the Volt change the cross platform effort for GM..not likely in the immediate future. Could the Volt be a game changer..well maybe in the way the Segway is a gamechanger...for a few. But overall for the masses..not likely. Is Ford's product readily available for the masses..yes. Could 4-5$ a gallon mess Ford's strategy up..maybe, but Europe as been living off expensive fuel for decades and small cars rule. That's also part of Ford's strategy..smaller cars.

      Ford is also on a bent to improve quality and is leading GM's effort.

      But the real proof is in market share and consumer acceptance. If Ford's market continues to grow and if GM's market share is static..what does that say? If GM's market share grows and Ford's is static..that says something else. At the end of the day, we are rapidly approaching the point where cars are more appliances than status symbols and in that race..the best toaster wins because..by god..we want to eat toast, golden brown toast that performs well. Not burned toast, cold toast or toast that tastes like cardboard.

      I drive a '03 Expedition (with 130K on the odometer) that I could replace (new) for say $50K. Or I can keep it well serviced and buy a full boat Fiesta for like 1/2 that or a Transit Connect for 1/2 of that, or a V6 Flex for nearly 1/2 of that. I like choices and there are a lot of choices. That Transit Connect..now that's an interesting choice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry Matt, I didn't realize how absolutely miserable your existence is to need to prove how important you are on an internet blog.

      DO you need a tissue... or perhaps a bib?
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you don't care then why are you commenting?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am so hoping that the Focus will atleast get an Ecoboost motor that would be one sweet ride espically with the powershift dual-clutch tranny! Ford keeps on impressing me more and more it makes it really hard for me not to consider buying one when I do purchase my next car!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was kinda hoping for a 1.6 ecoboost in the fiesta, but that doesn't look like it'll happen this year. 2.0 ecoboost wouldn't be bad either though...
      • 5 Years Ago
      You want a logical retort? Here ya go:

      You are ridiculing Ford for being proud of all the hard-ass work that is being done on thier part. Correct? Answer me this; Has Chrysler or GM had such an enterprising breakthrough with product development? NO! Sure GM is making the Volt, and the Aveo RS looks pretty damn good, and you could say something about the Terrain and the 32 mpg hwy figure but it's too ugly to mention. Chrysler is doing hardly anything but seeking more help from Fiat and attempting to improve interiors.

      Ford is releasing innovative products at the point where others can only merely cough up mediocre products and kill off entire brands to save money. They took no money from our (simpathetic) government, yet look at their progress.

      In conclusion, you're still as ignorant as ever, and you can't pull your head out long enough to see the light.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Matt summed up:

      A total troll, he loves it here because everyone spoon feeds him lame replies and rebuttals everyday, look at all the people getting their nose bent off at his stuff, he doesn't even come up with new material for christs sake! I think he's also partially a GM fanboy, but this is just pure getting his rocks off while you guys send him bitchy replies.
      • 5 Years Ago
      anyone know how much a 3.5 ecoboost can haul around?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm curious to see what the tow rating is on the Ecoboost F-150, that's a first to have a factory turbocharged gasoline engine in a vehicle that is meant to have significant towing ability. I wonder if the engine will incorporate some type of exhaust gas temperature monitoring as exhaust temps tend to go sky high when under sustained load and boost. I can see problems occurring when customers have their ecus reprogrammed to raise boost and fuel, and then go out and tow a trailer up a mountain.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Depends on gearing.
        Depends on how much power the engine will have, 335hp? Remember pickup trucks need to operate on 85AKI fuel. Some of those people who live at altitude have those 50gallon+ fuel tanks in the bed, and come down from altitude.
        Will Ford utilize the ZF 8 speed autos?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey Matt, don't stop hating Ford. The one thing you do best is create a certain amount of drama whenever an article is posted regarding Ford Motor Co. because everyone waits with baited breath to see what you'll say. Be it consistently negative. You almost have a Homer Simpson persona here at Autoblog. "DOH"!

      Yes we are starting to get some training materials for the techs in the shop on many things EcoBoost and 6speed. Yeah, I'm likin' the EcoBoost for the F150. Making a great truck even better. I'm thinking 23-24 highway and 18 around town.
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