|The 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 Ti-VCT. Click to enlarge.|
Ford has officially announced the second member of its turbocharged, gasoline direct-injection EcoBoost family, a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder version that will go on sale next year. The first engine in the EcoBoost line, a 3.5L, V6 engine (earlier post), is being applied in the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO and Flex and Lincoln MKS and MKT.
At the debut of the 3.5L EcoBoost engine at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, Ford had also shown a Lincoln C (C-size) concept car powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine mated to a dual-clutch Powershift Transmission. (Earlier post.) The 1.6L engine in the concept featured twin independent variable camshaft timing (TI-VCT)—a powertrain system also being used in the production 2.0L engine, the first EcoBoost production engine to include the system.
TI-VCT varies the phase of the intake and exhaust cams independently for improved airflow through the engine, which delivers more torque while reducing average fuel consumption by up to 5%.
The 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine will deliver a 10 to 20% fuel economy improvement—depending upon the application—versus larger-displacement V-6 engines without compromising performance, according to Barb Samardzich, Vice President Global Powertrain Engineering.
The 2.0L EcoBoost will be comparable in performance to a 3.0-liter V-6, with at least 230 hp (172 kW) and 240 lb-ft (325 N·m) of torque, she said.
Ford is projecting a shift in its I-4 powertrain mix from 10% in 2005 to 31% in 2010.
In addition to the new EcoBoost engine, Ford will also debut its Powershift 6-speed dual clutch gearbox next year (also applied in the Lincoln C concept). The 6-speed dry-clutch automatic transmission delivers a 7-9% fuel economy improvement vs. traditional 4-speed automatic transmissions.
The 2010 Product Plan
Ford announced the new EcoBoost at a media overview of its 2010 product lineup at which it described plans for 30 new powertrain actions globally—22 in North America alone—by the end of 2010.
New vehicle introductions for the 2010 model year include:
- 2010 Ford Taurus and Taurus SHO
- 2010 Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid
- 2010 Ford Mustang and Shelby GT500
- 2010 Ford Flex with EcoBoost
- 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
- 2010 Ford Transit Connect
- 2010 Lincoln MKT and MKT with EcoBoost
- 2010 Lincoln MKZ
- 2010 Lincoln MKS with EcoBoost
- 2010 Mercury Milan and Milan Hybrid
With investments in new engine, transmission and driveline components, Ford plans to improve its average US vehicle fuel economy by approximately 20% fleet-wide through the end of 2010 versus 200—with plans to increase car and truck fuel economy by more than 35% by 2015 via powertrain advancements.
We are absolutely committed to delivering new products with the best fuel economy in every segment in which we compete, driven in large part by substantial advancements in powertrain technology.—Barb Samardzich
By 2012, the company plans to produce 750,000 EcoBoost units annually in the US and 1.3 million globally. By 2013, Ford will offer EcoBoost engines in 90% of its product lineup.