• Feb 2, 2010
2011 Ford Edge spy shots – Click above for high-res image galleries

Here's some very exciting news, especially if you're into that whole forced-induction cult thing: Ford is reportedly set to show off its new four-cylinder EcoBoost engine under the hood of the overhauled-for-2011 Edge. To refresh you memory, EcoBoost is Ford speak for turbocharging plus direct injection. In the case of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost found in cars like the Ford Flex EcoBoost, the forced induction, direct injected motor makes much more power than the naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 (355 horsepower compared to 262 hp), yet gets identical fuel economy (16 city/22 highway).

The 2.0-liter EcoBoost that The Detroit News promises is coming in the substantially refreshed Edge is said to be as powerful as a 3.0-liter V6. We'll take that to mean about 240 or so horsepower. Sure, that's not a very exciting power figure in the Edge, but it will probably make for some sexy fuel economy figures. And just image how thrilling this news will be when the 2.0-liter EcoBoost Focus comes out? Or, Mulally willing, an EcoBoosted Fiesta! Even a Fusion with this new motor (and a manual transmission) would be very, very welcome. We should know much more next week in Chicago.



[Source: The Detroit News | Images: KGP Photography]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      16/22 is for the 3.5L V6, NOT this engine!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This almost looks like a new paint option instead of camouflage
      • 4 Years Ago
      I personally wish they'd redesign the motor for rear-wheel-drive and make an Ecoboost Ranger. 2.0 could make a 4wd Ranger get 24 mpg easy, and it could get up to speed without a sweat.

      This 2.0 Edge is pretty cool too, though, can't wait to see mileage numbers. A good solid 23/24 mpg combined showing out of the Edge and Explorer would be awesome.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1

        They need to put this engine in just about all their cars, but most importantly the Ranger. And while they're at it, redesign the Ranger completely, but DON'T make it bigger like the Tacoma, add a 4 door crew cab version, and put the exhaust powered 4 banger in there along with the new 3.7 liter V6. Boom, you got yourself a winner. I know plenty of loyal Ranger owners out there that are itching for a new one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ford needs to replace the Ranger, not put more money into the existing platform.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ford Australia have been doing the development of the new Ranger (T6 I believe its called?), in final stages of development over here.

        Ford Australia are also doing work to use the EcoBoost 4 in the Falcon, so I daresay it will be able to put into the Ranger as well
        • 4 Years Ago
        I, too, am interested to see the Focus' performance potential come out. The current (refreshed version) Focus was never very good, with Ford's new reliability the Focus would be to Ford's compact division what the Taurus was for midsize cars back in the eighties.

        Regarding the Ranger, I don't even think they'd necessarily need to do a full update, it could exist as a fleet vehicle and do duty for some as a cheap off-road capable vehicle for those customers that want (need?) off road capability. They just need to offer it with a 4wd option with a more modern and refined motor than the current 4.0 V6.

        'Course, if Ford keeps even a modicum of off-road capability in the next-gen Explorer, I would be pleased. I just wish the major automakers wouldn't make it so hard on the guys that really, truly want a fishing/hunting vehicle. You have to upgrade to an F-150 or bigger to get any off-road ability out of a Ford anymore. 79 inches of truck width on a narrow mountain road? No thanks!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would love to see a re-engineered version of the Ranger not a complete overhaul or just a mild redesign, I agree the 2.0 ecoboost would be a sweet motor for said Ranger, think about it update the suspension tweak the frame enlarge the cabin just a smidge and put a chioce of a 6spd manual tranny and have a DCT tranny as another option then for a more rugged version I would love to see the new 3.7 stuffed under the hood with an updated 4WD system.
        Back to the article at hand having driven quite a few Edge's worked (key word is worked) in the Oakville plant where they are produced. I would love to see the 2.0 in there aswell the 3.5/ whatever it is coming with now SUCKS. But hasnt the CX-5 or whatever the Mazada is called the same vehicle already been running with the 2.3 DI turbo motor?
      • 4 Years Ago
      My girlfriend had a 2010 Edge as a rental while her vehicle was in the body shop for three weeks.

      It got us through the huge dump of snow we got in NOVA mid December with aplomb, the AWD system is very good. It drove incredibly well and handled well for its size. It got decent mileage (averaging ~19-20mpg). It was outrageously comfortable for long trips.

      The only sore spot was the interior, with cheap hard plastics and the seat fabric was TERRIBLE. All of this will be fixed with the update though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Your source link goes to a Freep page about Toyota, BTW.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the edge and cx9 share platforms yes, but mazda did put the 2.5 into the cx7 for a non-turbo variant. of course it's performance suffered and it still doesn't have great mileage... but it does show part of the trend to step down engine size for better economy and reduced cost.
      • 4 Years Ago

      With the refreshed exterior, the all new interior and a turbo four that should turn in mid-high 20's hwy mpg...I think they'll have a winner. If this new engine get's city mpg in the 19-21 range...watch out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sooo... the 2.0 Liter Direct Injected, Turbocharged Ford EcoBoost Engine MIGHT be around 240HP? The 2.0 Liter Direct Injected, Turbocharged GM EcoTec is already being sold with up to 260HP.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The GM 2.0L Turbo in the Cobalt SS is tuned for peak performance, whereas the Ford 2.0L Turbo will be tuned for maximum FE/power ratio. I have little doubt that Ford could tune the 2.0L Turbo to as high as 300hp, but at that point it won't get anywhere near the fuel economy Ford is aiming for. When Ford builds a hot Focus with the 2.0L Turbo under the hood, then we will have a direct comparison. The GM 2.0L Turbo gets 22/30mpg in a light weight and slick Cobalt SS, Ford is trying to get close to 30mpg highway in a 4000lb Edge.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 2 liter can be boosted up to and over 300 hp. But 300hp CUVs don't get close to 30mpg highway. Not dissing the GM mill either. It's sweet. I'm sure it could probably be boosted the same way, but even performance cars look for the sweet spot in terms of power, fuel economy, and packaging.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I never liked the "big boxy" headlights on the current Edge. These, which like they came straight from the Kuga, give the frontend a much cleaner, up to date look. It'll be interesting if the three bar grille is just camo or it stays. From these photos, i'm thinking it's just camo.

      If Ford can get 245 to 260 HP out of this engine with highway MPG of 30, it'll be a huge winner.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ngiotta: yeah, it has 32 highway. try getting anywhere near that in the city or in more than just overdrive, flat-land, new pavement, barren stretch of highway. EPA estimates are still not real world numbers. Thats like when your car that is rated for 22 mpg city only makes 16 in the real world. i'd rather have the extra 24% power and suffer the minor loss in mpg.

        mileage is not everything, when you have to drive a hybrid 4-8 years just to recoup the loss from the extra cost, in fuel savings.

        wait, the edge and the equinox aren't even in the same class...
        • 4 Years Ago
        GM's essentially identical EcoTec already does get highway 30 mpg (on the Cobalt SS) with 260 HP... hopefully Ford's EcoBoost will also.

        I'm personally hoping they'll move the EcoTec to the new Cruze at some point.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So if this gets 30MPG, it'll get 2mpg less than a Chevy Equinox with a 2.4l EcoTec that has 182hp... I'll give up 2mpg for 58hp any day of the week.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Equinox is actually larger than the Edge in every dimension except width, and only about 200 pounds lighter.

        They're very cross shoppable to people knowledgeable enough to look past the treadmill mpg fiction on the window sticker.

        • 4 Years Ago
        > headlights on the current Edge. These, which like they came straight from the Kuga...
        Err, what?
        http://images.google.com/images?q=ford kuga
      • 4 Years Ago
      "16 city/22 highway"

      SERIOUSLY? I tought the tiguan was pathetic. Come on ford!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Okay, the ford flex is actually about 4500lbs. and AWD. It seats up to 7 people.

        It does get 22mpg hwy. But that MPG is absolutely stellar if you consider that this has the power of a v8, and all wheel drive!

        Only a few years ago, such vehicles did not crack the 20mpg mark at all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Read the post again: That's a 355 hp turbocharged V6 in a heavy Ford Flex (big, heavy AWD wagon), not the Edge. A 2.0T should get solid mid-20's. May not win drag races but let's be honest, for most people this will be the Goldilocks motor. Just right.

        With all the disappointment with the Japanese manufacturers lately (Honda is just lost, Toyota is...evil), I think Ford is about to kill it. I'm happy for them, genuinely.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is actually very impressive considering the size, weight, and anti-aerodynamic nature of the vehicle!

        The big story is that it produces much more power than the old NA v6.
        For some reason i thought the Flex was rated at 24mpg hwy though...
        • 4 Years Ago
        2010 Flex FWD (3.5L) - 17/24mpg
        2010 Flex AWD (3.5L) - 16/22mpg
        2010 Flex AWD (3.5L TT) - 16/22mpg

        2010 Edge FWD (3.5L) - 18/25mpg
        2010 Edge AWD (3.5L) - 17/23mpg

        Assuming a 10% increase in FE for the 2.0L EB
        2011 Edge FWD (2.0L EB) - 20/28mpg
        2011 Edge AWD (2.0L EB) - 19/25mpg

        If it manages to achieve those numbers with a decent 240hp/240lb-ft, then I think it will be a popular engine option.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wake me up when they start using the Ecoboost for performance instead of frugality. I don't want a 2.0t in a Ford Edge, I want it in the Focus / Fiesta. I'm more interested in when they keep the engine the same size and add a turbo as opposed to putting turbo'd 4's into big, heavy CUVs. But that's just me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Um, Taurus SHO, Flex w/ Ecoboost are definitely performance applications. In fact, they haven't used it for fuel efficiency yet...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think he's talking about the 2.0 specifically. Big cars already get big V-6's with plenty of horsepower. What we want is a small car with lots of motor! Not a big car with the "right amount" of motor.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm right there with you.

        I'm sad at how dead the sport compact market is these days. Unless you can afford a luxury car or want something bigger, it's hard to find something decent with power and economy.
        The current offerings are allright, but nothing to go stark raving mad over.

        The good news is that turbo cars are way more tunable, so the turbo compacts coming out soon should have some potential!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I read the article's header as "Report: Four-cylinder EcoBoost Ford Focus coming to Chicago".

      I'm disappointed. An EcoBoost (new) Focus would be nice!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, ford has talked about a turbo 1.4 in the 2012 focus, so all hope is not lost! :)
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