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.
quote: The future of cars is taking shape and it is very obvious (if you are an engineer)
quote: Smaller engines (consumes less gas, lower emissions and have less weight)
quote: and turbos (on demmand power, much better MPG, makes a "small" engine breathe like a "big" engine).
quote: They don't make that amount of torque at 1500 RPM, though. That's the significance of these EcoBoost engines... that kind of grunt down low has been largely unheard of outside of a diesel up until now.
quote: Definately not new technology, as the Cobalt already had comparable specs and the same engine size, at 2.0 liters. The difference is that ford is trying to get 40mpg when they put the 2.0EB in the Fusion.
quote: However, for most of us who like smaller, more efficient cars, the best is yet to come. Ford is working on 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter V4 engines with EcoBoost. The 1.6-liter will go into production later this year and start appearing in vehicles like the Focus.
quote: I wonder if they can do the same with 4 cylinder engines. I'd love to get 200+ ft-lb of torque while still getting 30+ mpg.
quote: 1) Ford needs to quit with these bullcrap names: MKX, MKT, MKS? Give me a break; it's highly annoying.
quote: And both the GNX and the Grand National/Regal T-Type severly underrated.
quote: Why is it you guys in the US insist on buying such massive heavy cars that you still get such appalling fuel economy and need a V6 or V8 to shift it!
quote: most people choose to buy larger cars.
quote: The technology combines gasoline direct injection with a turbocharger to deliver its environmentally friendly, high performance engine.
quote: 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."
quote: Whats stopping them?
quote: stick a small 1.8 4 cyl in your trucks with a small turbo and a large turbo.