Ford Expands EcoBoost Applications

When Ford put a 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine under the hood of its F-150, many people were skeptical: True truckers want V8s, right?

When Ford put a 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine under the hood of its F-150, many people were skeptical: True truckers want V8s, right?

Well, that used to be true. But when the engine offers 365 hp, best-in-class 420 lb-ft of torque, and best-in-class 16/22 mpg, turns out a whole lot of true truckers want to go with the EcoBoost rather than something less efficient.

Today Ford announced that it is putting another variant of the EcoBoost—a 240-hp 2.0-liter four cylinder—into the 2012 front-wheel drive Explorer SUV and Edge crossover.

So what’s this going to do to those who are looking for fuel economy without a sacrifice in performance? Well, the three-row Explorer is getting an EPA rated 20/28 mpg. The Edge gets an impressive 21/30 mpg. (OK. It only has two rows.)

Ford plans make EcoBoost engines available in 90% of its global vehicle portfolio by 2013.

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And it has more engines in the lineup, such as a 1.6-liter four that it offers in six European models, ranging from the Focus to the Grand C-MAX people hauler. This engine went into production in the Bridgend Engine Plant, UK, in late 2010, and by the end of June this year the company had produced 50,000 of the engines.

In fact, Over There they refer to it as the “Hero Engine.”