Ford's EcoBoost engine has gained quite a bit of popularity since first being introduced. Offering performance comparable to that of a V8 while also returning fuel economy more akin to an inline four engine, what's not to love? Now, Ford has decided to expand on the EcoBoost line by including a four cylinder version that will not only provide outstanding fuel economy, but also offer a sport oriented powerplant for many small vehicles.
The current 3.5 liter EcoBoost engine is nothing short of an engineering masterpiece. Thanks to direct injection and z pair of quick spooling turbochargers, the 3.5 liter V6 is able to crank out 365 horsepower and 350lb/ft of torque. While these numbers are impressive, what makes the engine even more appealing is the latter of these two figures being available between 1500rpm and 6000rpm. All this is available while returning 25 miles per gallon on the highway and 18 in the city.
For the 2.0 liter EcoBoost inline-4 powerplant, Ford has promised at least 230 horsepower and 240lb/ft of torque. Once again, the engine will be designed to provide the maximum amount of torque over a broad range without sacrificing fuel economy. Ford engineers have also outfitted the engine with a Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing (Ti-VCT).
Unlike some current cam timing adjustment systems that will change both the intake and exhaust sides at the same time, the Ti-VCT system will allow for independent changes to occur. When combined, the EcoBoost system and Ti-VCT equate to a 10%-20% improvement in fuel economy when put side-by-side with similarly performing V6 engines. The 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine will be the first in the EcoBoost family to feature the Ti-VCT system and will likely act as a test bed for the technology.
Ford is planning on using the new 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine to replace many of their current V6 drivetrains, such as the 3.0 liter being used in several models. While there was no official word as to what would get the new EcoBoost, there are definitely many candidates for the powerful little turbo-4.
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