Ford has developed a new high-volume and affordable engine technology destined to be featured in half a million Ford's, Lincoln's and Mercury's in the next five years. First car to kick off the new technology will be the Lincoln MKS sedan in 2009.
Ford's EcoBoost combines direct-injection and turbocharging, resulting in 20% better fuel economy, 15% lower CO2 emissions and better driving performance. The Ford Explorer America Concept will feature the new technology at the upcoming 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The EcoBoost technology is used on affordable 4- and 6-cylinder engines which use regular gasoline. Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president of Global Product Development, explains the how's and why's in this video. Mr Kuzak said: “EcoBoost is meaningful because it can be applied across a wide variety of engine types in a range of vehicles, from small cars to large trucks. Compared with the current cost of diesel and hybrid technologies, customers in North America can expect to recoup their initial investment in a 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine through fuel savings in approximately 30 months.”
Direct Injection technology supplies the engine with small and precise amounts of fuel, increasing fuel efficiency while the turbocharger uses waste energy from the exhaust gas to drive the turbines. All in all this means that the 3.5 liter twin-turbo V6 in the 2009 Lincoln MKS will produce 340 hp and more than 340 lb-ft of torque, the kind of performance you would normally associate with a V8.
Please read on for further details and stay tuned for live coverage (and tonnes of photos from the show floor) from Detroit next week!