For 2012, Ford will bolster its EcoBoost commitment by equipping both the Explorer and the Edge with its turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This pint-sized mill boosts the Explorer's fuel economy rating to "segment-leading" status and pushes the Edge to the 30-mpg mark.

The 2012 EcoBoost-equipped Explorer arrives toting some fairly impressive fuel economy numbers – 20 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg out on the highway. Ford points out that those EPA figures mean that the 240-horsepower Explorer gets a best-in-class highway fuel economy rating. For comparison's sake, the V6 Explorer, though slightly more powerful (283 hp), gets stickered with lower fuel economy figures of 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

Similarly, the 2012 Ford Edge, equipped with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine, officially returns 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The EcoBoost engine bumps up the Edge's fuel economy by three miles per gallon on the highway compared to the 3.5-liter V6-equipped 2011 Edge. For 2012, the EcoBoost engine is available on front-wheel-drive Explorer and Edge models for an extra $995. That should be an appealing price for a lot of buyers. As Amy Marentic, Ford group marketing manager, told Automotive News, "36 percent of customers are purchasing Explorer because of fuel economy. It was only 6 percent back in 2007."

Banking on EcoBoost is Ford's commitment. Looking forward, the automaker says EcoBoost engines will be available in 90 percent of its vehicles by the end of 2013.
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Ford Bolsters EcoBoost Commitment for 2012 with Fuel-Efficient Edge, Explorer Utilities, Broadens Focus Lineup

2012 Ford Explorer with EcoBoost® delivers full-size three-row SUV segment-leading fuel economy with an EPA-rated 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway
Edge with EcoBoost for 2012 raises fuel-efficiency bar for Ford's popular crossover utility, with EPA ratings of 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway
Expanded EcoBoost product offerings reflect Ford's commitment to this fuel-saving global technology
Focus – all-new for 2012 – offers small car buyers an expanded range of model series and premium features unexpected in a small car

Fact Sheet: Ford's Fuel Champions

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 24, 2011 – Ford Motor Company is expanding its range of vehicles with the award-winning EcoBoost® engine, offering the fuel-efficient powertrain in the 2012 Ford Edge and Explorer that are arriving in dealerships now.

Edge and Explorer are the first vehicles in North America to be offered with Ford's new 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. The four-cylinder EcoBoost marks the next chapter in the company's strategy to downsize engines and use turbocharging and direct injection to deliver the power customers want from their vehicles with the fuel economy they demand.

The success of Ford's 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine in Europe – its blend of fuel economy, lower emissions and usable performance and pulling power – makes it the ideal powertrain for Edge and Explorer.

Ford has committed to offering fuel-efficient, high-technology EcoBoost engines in 90 percent of its global vehicle portfolio by 2013. Combining turbocharging with direct injection of gasoline in a smaller-displacement engine, EcoBoost delivers the power customers desire with the fuel efficiency the challenges of today's world demand.

A global Ford initiative, EcoBoost aims to provide affordable performance and efficiency for millions of drivers. Moving forward, EcoBoost engines will continue to deliver more power and fuel economy from smaller-displacement engines.

"An expanded array of customer choice marks the Ford showroom for 2012," said Ford President, The Americas, Mark Fields. "An EcoBoost powertrain puts Edge and Explorer fuel efficiency over the top, while the next-generation Ford Focus brings an extended portfolio of models with premium technology, comfort and convenience offerings."

EcoBoost ups utility vehicle fuel economy
The full-size three-row Ford Explorer SUV and popular Edge two-row crossover are now available with an advanced 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine combining smaller displacement with a turbocharger and gasoline direct injection to provide the power of a normally aspirated V6 with the uncompromised fuel economy of a four-cylinder engine.

Ideal for sport and crossover utility shoppers placing the highest priority on fuel economy, EcoBoost takes Explorer and Edge gas mileage to unprecedented levels.

In both applications, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder delivers 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque, comparable to the normally aspirated V6 output of competitive utility vehicles.

Building on the foundation of the Explorer V6's full-size, three-row SUV segment-leading fuel economy, the available EcoBoost powertrain raises the bar, delivering an EPA-rated 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. This represents a 30 percent highway fuel efficiency increase over the most economical previous-generation 2010 Explorer model, to top its category.

Explorer EcoBoost fuel economy is optimized with aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff (ADSFO), twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), an efficient six-speed gear span in its 6F35 automatic transmission and a smooth aerodynamic body.

The two-row Edge with EcoBoost delivers an EPA-rated 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. The hot-selling Edge – which set a July sales record of almost 10,000 units – maximizes fuel economy by combining the advanced EcoBoost powertrain with ADSFO and Ti-VCT and adding active grille shutters to improve aerodynamics. Active transmission warmup for the 6F35 gearbox reduces internal friction immediately following engine startup.

EcoBoost is available for 2012 in front-wheel-drive Edge and Explorer models.

Focus adds premium Titanium model
The next-generation Focus is all-new for 2012 and has expanded its brand footprint with a larger series range and comfort, convenience and technology offerings that are unprecedented. The new range-topping Titanium offers small car buyers premium-level appointments and technologies.

Focus is powered by an equally new 2.0-liter gasoline direct-injection four-cylinder engine delivering up to 40 mpg on the highway, with a class-leading 160 horsepower and 146 lb.-ft. of torque.

Bringing a fuel efficiency improvement of 10 percent and 20 percent more horsepower than the previous-model Focus engine, this advanced unit uses Ti-VCT to increase responsiveness, boost fuel economy and reduce emissions.

With striking good looks and sleek profile, Focus is offered as a practical four-door or sporty five-door hatchback. Its smooth aerodynamic shape leads to a coefficient of drag as low as 0.295, besting both Chevrolet Cruze and Volkswagen Jetta.

Focus was designed and developed to meet stringent global safety standards. Starting with a body shell 30 percent stiffer than the 2011 model, Focus features next-generation airbags to tailor deployment to individual occupants and segment-exclusive Safety Canopy® curtain airbags.

For 2012, the traditional three series levels for Focus – S, SE and SEL/SES – are supplemented by an additional three variants.

An SE sport package is now offered, adding features an enthusiast will appreciate such as 16-inch painted aluminum wheels, rear disc brakes, sport-tuned suspension, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, cloth sport seats, black-out accent trim and SelectShift functionality when equipped with the six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission.

An available Super Fuel Economy package for Focus SE adds low-rolling-resistance tires, aerodynamically optimized wheel covers and rear disc brakes.

Taking Focus into premium small car territory, the all-new Titanium series offers comfort, convenience and technology features that are unexpected for this segment.

From dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting, sporty and stylish interior trend packages featuring two-tone full leather seats, and segment-exclusive active park assist, Focus Titanium will make customers downsizing from luxury cars and SUVs feel right at home.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      200K miles Lifetime Fuel Footprint and Fuel Cost COmparison Ford Explorer V6 (FE) vs the $995 more Ecoboost Model V6 FE City 11,764gal @ $3.50/gal = $41,174 Ecoboost City 10,000gal @ $3.50/gal = $35,000 Ecoboost City Fuel Savings $6,174 V6 FE Highway 8,000gal @ $3.50/gal = $28,000 Ecoboost Highway 7,143gal @ $3.50/gal = $25,000 Ecoboost Highway Fuel Savings $3,000
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        Good comparison! This car will look even more appealing during the next gas price spike.
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 3 Years Ago
        Rave 4 EV driven for 200k miles equals $6000 in fuel. Savings of $19,000 hwy. $29,000 savings city over ecoboost. If you think gas will stay at $3.50 per gallon for 10 years but I am dubious about it staying that low for 10 years. Lets not talk about maintenance.
          miles
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          Why are residuals the most important thing? Over the life of the car isn't the residual a few hundred bucks for all cars? I'm guessing you lease. I drive 'em until the wheels fall off, and that's easily the best way to get the most out of a vehicle.
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          @2WM, Classic car appreciation is most dramatic in certain vehicles, 30-45 years old. The cars are always models that captured the buyers imagination when he was young, (and couldn't afford the car then, but can now), or older buyer's trying to buy back youthful memories. Thus a (then) $5000 Mustang, now auctions for $500,000!
          JP
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          Residual value has been pretty high for the RAV4EV's, with some of them going for MORE than sticker price. Now that there are other EV choices that won't happen, but the only long term EV we have, the RAV4EV, has held it's value quite well.
          sirvixisvexed
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          2WM, Don't forget the number one factor, RESIDUAL VALUE.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          All cars, save some odd models like the VW Buses, ferraris, lamborghinis, other rare sports cars etc etc. all drop down to about $500 not running, up to $2000 running on craigslist within about 15 years. If residual value was really something to consider, then people wouldn't be buying domestic cars. My girlfriend ate a $10,000 loss on a Dodge Charger that was 3 years old ....
          sirvixisvexed
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          Miles, driving a NEW car until the wheels fall off is still not a good idea. I know because i'm currently almost 10 years deep into a new car that i spent 22,000 on and is worth 2,000 now. Buying moderately used cars in the $5000 range and keeping for a few years, and then to have their value only decrease by about $2000 or so over maybe 3-4 years of ownership will net a pretty decent cost savings. For me, it's LIKE I buy a $2000 car every year, only to have it worth zero at then end of the year, and have to buy another one. If a 10 year old volt was worth $13,500, then operating costs aside, the car will have lost the same amount of value during it's ownership as MY car, my average joe 20k sedan. Calculate the $$ saved in operating costs and the 10 year old volt could be worth probably as low as $8000 and your total net costs for 10 years would be the same, or less, with the volt. My next car will be something roughly 5 years used and efficient. Low depreciation and low operating costs.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          Ah yes, but what does the rav4 EV cost to buy.. O_O And does it pay off? I doubt it.. electric cars like the Leaf are starting to get into pay off territory tho. None of this matters if you prefer electrons to rude 'n crude oil.. but that's another argument.
      Noz
      • 3 Years Ago
      It would have been so much easier if only Ford realized what a fat turd they have made and all it needs is a little downsizing and better quality chassis design. I simply cannot understand why people have been conned into thinking they need so much room while sitting in a freaking car. And sorry...but "I do EVERYTHING with my car or I have kids" are all truly piss poor excuses.
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Noz
        So, SUV's that get good gas mileage are still evil, simply because of their size? Funny...many people out there laugh at the smart car simply because of it's size. Glad you have such an open mind. Reminds me of Neil Cavuto and his hate of the volt...
      Jelly
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wish we had something like the Explorer from Ford in the UK to buy with maybe a diesel option l would have thought 30-45+ MPG range would be very easy to achieve with a diesel power plant fitted, you keep all the good stuff Mustang & F-150 for yourself only. Swines!!
        Snark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jelly
        45mpg+ out of a midsized crossover that's damn near the same size as a Range Rover? Maybe Imperial gallons, but nothing this size with a diesel gets much over 30-33mpg in US gallons in the real world.
      Snark
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's pretty excellent fuel economy, but I wish it were available with AWD - I'd imagine the Explorer could do at least 26mpg with AWD/Ecoboost and the Edge could probably do 27-28. That'd be just the right combo of size and fuel economy for me, with just enough ground clearance to not smack the hell out of the undercarriage on a rough Forest Service road. I'll probably have to wait for the Escape to get that, though...
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      20mpg city, 28mpg highway in a big porky SUV.. wow. My 4 cylinder sports car is starting to look dated suddenly.
        sirvixisvexed
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        That explorer gets the same mileage as a mx-5 miata!
        sirvixisvexed
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        and also, it's only a "big porky SUV" by today's watered down "crossover" SUV standard. The Expedition, Excursion, Nissan Armada, THOSE were porking SUV's.
      Andrew Richard Rose
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow ! My 1989 2.5 litre Land Cruiser can match that ! And thats with the aero-dynamics of a house brick !
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew Richard Rose
        hey! they worked long and hard to make it that bad. how dare you!
          Snark
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          What, exactly, is so bad about two large, spacious, fairly heavy SUVs that get fuel economy that's superior to many smaller, lower wagons and sedans? That's Jetta Sportwagon and Mazda3 mileage, and only a few MPG short of what most midsize four-cylinder sedans get. Of course, they could sell a 40mpg Edge, but it'd be unacceptably expensive - and the balance between affordability, equipment, and fuel economy is a consideration that rarely factors into your windy rants. I know you love to posture and bellow on this site about fuel economy and weight and other topics you imagine yourself to be expert on, but your snarky cluelessness is rapidly becoming annoying and grating.
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          @Snark, [ "your snarky cluelessness is rapidly becoming annoying and grating"]. "becoming??!!"
        Snark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew Richard Rose
        So what? It can't match the performance, safety, amenities, or features.
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