Ford’s EcoBoost promises savings where customers feel
it most — at the pump
As America watches gasoline prices creeping toward the
$4 per gallon mark, Ford Motor Company is offering a new family of engines
that promise real-world savings at the pump.
The EcoBoost family of 4- and 6-cylinder engines uses turbocharging and
direct injection technology to deliver better fuel economy and fewer
emissions. More importantly, EcoBoost builds on todays affordable gasoline
engines, allowing the technology to be applied across a wide range of
In 2009, Ford first will introduce EcoBoost on the Lincoln MKS featuring
the power and torque of a V-8 engine with the fuel efficiency of a V-6.
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EcoBoost’s combination of direct injection and turbocharging mitigates
the traditional disadvantages of downsizing and boosting 4- and 6-cylinder
engines, giving customers both superior performance as well as fuel economy.
With direct injection, fuel is injected into each cylinder of an engine
in small, precise amounts. Compared to conventional port injection, direct
injection produces a cooler, denser charge, delivering higher fuel economy
Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 gives customers a fuel economy improvement
of approximately 15 percent and emits up to 15 percent fewer CO2 emissions
to the environment.
To help explain its vehicle sustainability strategy, Ford created the
Explorer America concept that debuted at the 2008 North American International
The Explorer America concept aims to highlight a number of innovations
tied to Ford’s systems approach, including:
- A powertrain lineup that includes a 4-cylinder 2-liter engine
with EcoBoost technology. Depending on engine selection, fuel-efficiency
will improve by 20 to 30 percent versus today’s V-6 or V-8 Explorer.
- A fuel-efficient 6-speed transmission with auto shift control,
allowing the driver to select and hold a lower gear when conditions
- A weight reduction of 150 pounds for the V-6 version thanks to
its downsized engine, as well as more lightweight materials, suspension
and chassis components.
- Fuel-saving electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) and other
engine actions that deliver a fuel savings benefit of about 5 percent.
Between 80 to 90 percent of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles will
have EPAS by 2012.
- Aerodynamic and other parasitic improvements that add up to a
5 percent fuel economy gain.