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Ford says 66% of new cars we use four-cylinder engines by 2020

With the looming CAFE fuel economy standards, just about every automaker out there is pushing hard to migrate from larger displacement engines to engines with a smaller displacement, typically using a turbocharger to get the same sort of power output. The benefit of this is that it allows drivers to have the same performance with improved fuel economy.

One of the most successful automakers at making this transition away from higher displacement engines has been Ford with its line of EcoBoost power plants. Detroit News reports that Ford is projecting an increase in sales for vehicles using four-cylinder engines and that by 2020 66% of all new vehicles will use smaller displacement four-cylinder engines.

"I think it's maybe a stretch. But I don't find it implausible," said Bill Visnic, senior editor at the car research site, in a telephone interview. "If you look at where things have been going segment by segment, except pickups, you could say that's been the trend."

In 2008, only 40% of new vehicles sold used four-cylinder engines compared to 53% today. Currently, the majority of small and medium-size cars on the automotive market come standard with a four-cylinder engine. Most compact SUVs also come standard with four-cylinder engine. Full-size pickups and full-size SUVs currently come with six and eight-cylinder engine options. In 2012, sales of pickup trucks accounted for 13% of all new market sales.
Mike Osmotoso of LMC Automotive notes that to achieve that 66% goal, "[Ford would be] expecting pickups and full-size SUVs to virtually disappear."

Considering that the Ford F-150 is the automaker's best-selling vehicle, the more likely scenario would have entry-level trucks using EcoBoost four-cylinder engines producing the same power output as current base level V-6 engines.

Source: Detroit News

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RE: "Disappearing" Trucks
By Jeffk464 on 5/21/2013 10:23:17 AM , Rating: 2
Yikes, a turbo 4 in an F150. That doesn't sound great to me. Personally I would love to see a turbo 4 diesel in mid sized trucks aka Tacomas.

RE: "Disappearing" Trucks
By Argon18 on 5/21/2013 10:38:46 AM , Rating: 2
A turbo diesel 4 cylinder in a pickup would be a killer. Mercedes is making 369 ft/lbs from its 2.1 liter turbo diesel 4 cyl.

That's more torque than many gasoline v8 engines! It would deliver amazing power AND amazing fuel economy. Win-win.

RE: "Disappearing" Trucks
By Amiga500 on 5/21/2013 10:48:26 AM , Rating: 2
Considering peak torque only may be a bit erroneous.

You need torque across the rev range, particularly low down, otherwise you'll be doing a number on your clutch.

I would suggest to the likes of Ford/Isuzu/Toyota etc that they:
- Make a 2WD low range available for towing on the road, rather than limiting low range to 4WD only (which is currently the case).
- Make the range splitter capable of operating on the move. So your 5/6 forward gears become a real 10/12 forward gears.

That would greatly improve the performance of smaller engines when towing heavy loads.

RE: "Disappearing" Trucks
By ssobol on 5/21/2013 11:03:36 AM , Rating: 2
In the '80s I had a Dodge Colt with a 4 cyl and a range splitter gear in the transmission. There were two levers, one the regular shifter and the eco/pwr lever. Running through all the gear ratios in sequence required shifting using both levers (and took a long time).

One of the cool things was being able to upshift while going in reverse.

RE: "Disappearing" Trucks
By Amiga500 on 5/21/2013 11:22:19 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with 2 levers being 2 too many for roadwork. There are three separate gearboxes in our tractor... which makes it a complete balls for shuttle work and getting appropriate ratios quickly.

I would suggest the single gear lever for the 5/6 "normal gears", with a (guarded) powershift button on the lever for shifting the high/low box. Hand stays on the gearstick, but you've full functionality.

RE: "Disappearing" Trucks
By Jeffk464 on 5/21/2013 1:16:29 PM , Rating: 2
This is how semi transmissions are built, to switch between the high and low you just flip a little switch on the side of the shift leather. Its super easy.

RE: "Disappearing" Trucks
By Jeffk464 on 5/21/2013 1:27:43 PM , Rating: 2

RE: "Disappearing" Trucks
By BRB29 on 5/22/2013 11:18:48 AM , Rating: 2

RE: "Disappearing" Trucks
By FITCamaro on 5/21/2013 12:11:43 PM , Rating: 2
Problem is I don't see a turbo 4 cylinder diesel coming out in an F150 in the next 10 years.

RE: "Disappearing" Trucks
By BRB29 on 5/21/2013 2:38:27 PM , Rating: 2
Why not?
They already went with a V6.

RE: "Disappearing" Trucks
By Spuke on 5/21/2013 3:02:46 PM , Rating: 2
They already went with a V6.
He said turbo diesel 4 cyl.

RE: "Disappearing" Trucks
By Amiga500 on 5/21/2013 10:40:53 AM , Rating: 2
Got a 4-cyl turbo-diesel in my isuzu rodeo/dmax.

OK, its not gonna break any speed records, but if your in no rush, it'll tow ~4 tonnes with a further 2 or 3 on the back bed... [if you a policeman I mean tow 3.5 tonnes and not a gram more ;-)]

RE: "Disappearing" Trucks
By Spuke on 5/21/2013 12:02:42 PM , Rating: 2
Yikes, a turbo 4 in an F150.
It would be fine as a replacement for the base V6 IMO.

RE: "Disappearing" Trucks
By cyberguyz on 5/22/2013 12:36:49 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, why not?

A 3.0-4.0 Liter 4-cyl Turbo diesel wouldn't really be so far off the mark. It could put out way more torque than the turbo 6 it has now.

Think about Cummins is getting 850 ft/lb of torque out of a huge straight 6 (and people pushing that well over 1000 ft/lb). If a big 4-banger can half that, it would be perfectly viable in an F150.

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