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2016 Ford Explorer SUV replaces 2.0L EcoBoost with new 2.3L EcoBoost unit; more power and torque, same fuel economy expected

19 November 2014

The new 2016 Ford Explorer SUV is making its global debut today at Los Angeles Auto Show with a new available 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that delivers more horsepower and torque than the 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder it replaces, with no compromise in fuel economy anticipated.

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New 2.3-liter EcoBoost delivers more power and torque than the outgoing 2.0L EcoBoost but with expected same fuel consumption. Click to enlarge.

The 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine will deliver at least 270 hp (201 kW) and at least 300 lb-ft (407 N·m) of torque. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost replaces the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder available for the current model.

The new powerplant, available on the base, XLT and Limited series, is expected to give customers 12.5% more horsepower and 11% more torque over the current 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. It improves highway passing times 10% at speeds between 55 mph and 75 mph (89 and 121 km/h).

While EPA results are not yet certified, Ford anticipates no sacrifice in overall fuel efficiency.

The 2.3-liter EcoBoost employs an active oil control system to optimize pressure when less fluid is needed. An active wastegate controls boost more precisely during light load operation to help save fuel. A higher compression ratio results in more efficient fuel combustion.

Ford Explorer is built in North America at Chicago Assembly Plant, as well as in Venezuela and now, Russia. It is sold in more than 100 markets across the globe. Ford expects to export 56,000 Explorers from the United States this year alone. More than 7 million Explorers have been sold in the United States since its launch in 1991, which makes it America’s best-selling SUV for 25 years.

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