The 2010 Lincoln MKS is among Ford's first four vehicles to feature Ecoboost. The technology delivers comparable performance to a V8 engine with only a V6, while substantially reducing emissions.  (Source: Car and Driver)

The 2010 Ford Flex also features Ecoboost technology.  (Source: Gawker)
EcoBoost looks to be Ford's killer app in the auto market

It’s hard not to love Ford's EcoBoost initiative.  The technology is poised to deliver a healthy cut to emissions, all the while increasing performance of a number of the models.  The technology is a win-win situation style of efficient engineering, packing V8 performance into a V6 envelope.

The technology combines gasoline direct injection with a turbocharger to deliver its environmentally friendly, high performance engine.  The EcoBoost 3.5 liter twin turbocharged V6 is going to debut this year in the all-new 2010 Lincoln MKT large crossover; the 2010 MKS large sedan; the 2010 Ford Flex; and the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO.

Barb Samardzich, Ford's vice president of powertrain engineering, opened the gates allowing reporters to test drive the vehicle.  He states, "I've been talking about EcoBoost for two years.  All of the talking is over."

Scott Burgess, a writer at the Detroit News, test drove the new vehicle and adds, "When testing the MKT, I averaged 21.2 miles per gallon in a five-mile loop at 70 mph. In the MKS, on the same loop, I averaged 25.6 mpg...  When it comes to driving, talk is cheap and EcoBoost's performance speaks for itself. "

Ford expects to get 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg for the Lincoln MKT, and 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway for the lighter Lincoln MKS, when they are EPA certified.  This equates to approximately a 10 to 20 percent fuel savings over previous versions.

And the cars are packed with power.  The MKS accelerates at a peppy pace to 60 mph thanks in part to 350 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm.  The powerful engine can effortlessly take the vehicle up to 120 mph on the track, meaning it should be able to excel at even the most demanding highway situations.  The engine performs comparably to the V8-equipped Audi Q7 (Lincoln MKT competitor) and Cadillac STS (Lincoln MKS competitor).

Ford plans for an aggressive deployment of EcoBoost technology.  By 2013, it plans to offer engines with EcoBoost on 90 percent of its nameplates.  This means that ultimately the technology may have a greater impact in reducing emissions than even GM and Chrysler's prospective electric vehicle deployments, thanks to the large volume.

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