Ford has been hard at work proliferating various forms of its turbocharged EcoBoost engines across its lineup. Now, after moving 127,883 of them last year and deciding to triple production efforts of EcoBoost engines, the automaker will have 11 different models offering the turbo mills across its Ford and Lincoln brands.
Joining the EcoBoost fray this year will be a new version of the Focus compact hatchback and all-new Taurus Police Interceptor sedan, Escape crossover, and Fusion sedan.
Enthusiasts will be most excited about the hot-hatch Focus ST, which will use a 247-hp, 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 paired with a six-speed manual. Exercising that power will require some restraint, as police officers around the country will now have access to the Taurus-based Police Interceptor, which is offered with the 365-plus-hp 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6.
Two of Ford's volume-leading nameplates -- the Escape and Fusion -- are all-new for the 2013 model year, and both will now pack EcoBoost power. When it goes on sale this spring, the Escape will offer the choice of two EcoBoost engines: a 1.6-liter or 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4, although power figures for either engine have yet to be announced for the Escape. The 2013 Fusion will offer the same two engines, and Ford has announced power ratings for this application. In the Fusion, the 1.6-liter will produce 179 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque, while the 2.0-liter will be good for 237 hp and 250 lb-ft. Ford will also offer hybrid and plug-in hybrid (Energi) versions of the Fusion when it goes on sale at the end of the third quarter of 2012. Both the Fusion and Escape have a non-EcoBoost 2.5-liter I-4 as their base engines.
Both the EcoBoost 2.0-liter I-4 and 3.5-liter V-6 are available across the majority of the Ford and Lincoln lineups. The 3.5-liter is available in the Ford Flex and F-150 – where it had a 42-percent take rate last year – and the Lincoln MKT and MKS. In addition to the three new models, the 2.0-liter can be had in the Ford Edge and Explorer. Starting this spring, the 2013 Ford Taurus will offer both the 2.0- and 3.5-liter engines as its only options.