Automotive News claims the EcoBoost engines, which combine turbocharging and direct fuel injection to achieve power and economy, will typically cost consumers about $700.; Although the automaker plans to implement the technology on the F-150 pickup by 2010, the first implementation of the engines – a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 – will appear on the Lincoln MKS and Ford Flex in 2009.
In today’s economic climate, we’re not sneezing at $700, but it’s relatively inexpensive for such an upgrade.; Looking at the 2009 Flex build sheet, the second-row refrigerated console runs $760, while the ‘Lighting Package’ (consisting of HID headlamps, LED taillamps and interior mood lighting) costs $895.; We’d say the powertrain upgrade would be the better use of $700 – especially in light of the Flex’s portly weight (4468 lbs in front-wheel-drive form).
Ford hopes the EcoBoost range will deliver similar power figures to larger engines while returning up to twenty percent better fuel economy.; The 3.5-liter V-6 for the Flex and MKS will produce around 340 hp and 340 lb-ft of torque, figures comparable or better than a current 4.6-liter V-8.
Source: Automotive News