Ford to Build More Four-Cylinder Engines

With the introduction of its new EcoBoost technology, Ford plans to add more four-cylinder engines to its vehicle lineup – possibly doubling its four-cylinder engine volume by 2013.

“We’re all about the smaller displacement as a way to drive significant fuel economy without sacrificing performance,” said Ford’s vice president of global product development, Derrick Kuzak.

Ford wants to use the EcoBoost technology to boost fuel efficiency for all its cars and crossovers, while maintaining or improving performance. With EcoBoost, the automaker could replace its V-8s with V-6s, its V-6s with four-cylinders, and large-displacement four-cylinders with small-displacement four-cylinders. By 2013, Ford wants to sell 750,000 EcoBoost engines annually in North America. It projects that two-thirds of those engines will be four-cylinders.

Ford’s new engine technology will debut this year in the 2010 Lincoln MKS as the luxury sedan’s top engine choice. It will be a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 making 355 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, while achieving fuel economy of 25 mpg on the highway. The EcoBoost V-6 will make its way into the 2010 Ford Flex, the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO and the 2010 Lincoln MKT.

An EcoBoost four-cylinder is expected to appear first on the new Ford Focus, due to appear sometime in 2010. After that, Ford is likely to implement EcoBoost on several other nameplates, including the Ford Fusion. Quickly deploying the technology on a large number of nameplates is a key aspect of Ford’s strategy.

Source: Automotive News


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