The turbocharged 3.5-liter “EcoBoost” V-6s may just now be hitting the market, but Ford’s gaining speed in applying the technology across its lineup. At an event yesterday, officials confirmed a four-cylinder EcoBoost engine would be launched during the 2010 model year.
Like its larger six-cylinder siblings, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 will gain power with the use of turbocharging and direct fuel injection. Ford touts the combination as a way to offer the power of larger engines in smaller, more efficient forms. Initial power estimates peg the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine at “at least” 230 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. If true, that puts the turbo-four near the power levels of Ford’s existing 3.0-liter V-6, which is used in the Escape and Fusion. Ford officials say the EcoBoost I-4 will reach the market by the end of 2010, and reportedly hint that its first application won’t necessarily be in a car… Source: Edmunds, Ford