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Ford to Launch 3 More EcoBoost Engines by End of 2010; Expects to Deliver 1.5M Annually by 2013

Ford Motor Company has scheduled three more EcoBoost engines to be launched by the end of the year. By 2013 Ford expects to be producing approximately 1.5 million EcoBoost engines globally, about 200,000 more than originally expected. EcoBoost technology combines direct fuel injection, variable cam timing and turbocharging to reduce fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and cut vehicle weight, while giving drivers the performance of a bigger engine.

Plans call for an EcoBoost engine to be available in 80% of the company’s global nameplates and 90% of North American nameplates. About half of the 1.5 million EcoBoost engines are expected to be sold in North America, while the rest are to be sold in Europe, South America and Asia Pacific regions.

We are focused on sustainable technology solutions that can be used not for hundreds or thousands of cars, but for millions of cars, because that’s how Ford will truly make a difference.

—Barb Samardzich, Ford’s vice president of powertrain engineering

Samardzich is expected to detail EcoBoost production plans as well as the next three EcoBoost engines scheduled for launch by the end of the year during remarks Tuesday at the SAE World Congress in Detroit.

The next three EcoBoost engines include:

  • 1.6-liter four-cylinder that will be offered in the European C-Max people mover
  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder for the next-generation Ford Explorer SUV and Edge CUV
  • 3.5-liter V-6 for the F-150. Ford engineers have upgraded the 3.5-liter V-6 for rear-wheel-drive applications. The EcoBoost F-150 is expected to deliver best-in-class fuel economy along with the power and towing capability of a V-8.

The three new engines will increase the number of global nameplates available with EcoBoost to 11. EcoBoost is available now in the Ford Flex and Taurus and Lincoln MKS and MKT.

While Ford is rolling out the first generation of EcoBoost engines, researchers are studying ways to further downsize future EcoBoost engines, while preserving performance and raising fuel economy. More efficient turbochargers, super-precise control of the direct-injection fuel system, optimum gearing of the transmission and final drive will enable a smaller engine to run in what engineers call its “sweet spot” more often, said Dan Kapp, Ford’s director of powertrain research and advanced engineering.

Samardzich said Ford could develop EcoBoost engines smaller than 1.6-liter.

Comments

mahonj

They say they can do smaller than 1.6 L - so obviously we would like 1, 1.2 and 1.4 L versions for smaller cars.

The problem will be cost - it probably costs almost as much to make a 1.0 L engine as a 1.6, but you can't charge as much for the finished car - unless you get the marketing right.

So it becomes as much a marketing problem as an engineering one - how to charge a bit more for a better engine in a smaller car.

Maybe $100 oil would do it.
(or the threat of $100 oil).

Will S

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HarveyD

mahonj:

Three or two cylinder ICE could reduce the number of parts and price of smaller engines for smaller cars and PHEV gensets.

Allch Chcar

The 1.6L EcoBoost was announced to be a future option for the new Focus which will have a 2.0L base engine. So it's only natural that the Fiesta will get a 1.3L EcoBoost to complement it's 1.6L base engine. The 1.3L meets the 25% smaller displacement goals. The 1.6L EcoBoost is 25% smaller than the 2.0L and a 1.3L EcoBoost is just a hair shy of 25% smaller than the 1.6L. And if the 1.3L EcoBoost can spit out 145BHP then that would be plenty of power for the Fiesta over the base 100BHP engine.

The EcoBoost power numbers are peak power numbers with the Turbo at Full Boost. You can't compare them 1:1 with NA engines because if you did the EcoBoost would be sluggards when off Turbo Boost. Ford doesn't build tiny, lightweight cars. The smallest Engine that Ford America has used in a badged vehicle was a 1.3L in the Festiva/Aspire and that was a rebadged model. The EcoBoost is really the first in house designed 4 cylinder since the Ironclad Pinto/Lima and those started at 2.3L/2.0L and grew with time. I doubt Ford would undersize the engine as much to go below 1.3L at least here in the US and especially at this time. They are Ford, it's not really inline with their goals to put tiny engines in practical cars. Practical Engines in Practical cars.

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