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Ford Unveils 1.6L EcoBoost in Frankfurt
Ford is revealing further details of its new generation of Ford EcoBoost high-efficiency low-CO2 four-cylinder petrol engines at the Frankfurt Motor Show, prior to their first production applications in 2010.The engines feature direct petrol injection, turbocharging and twin independent variable valve timing to maximise combustion efficiency, resulting in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reduced by up to 20 per cent compared to conventional petrol engines with a similar power output.
The initial range of four cylinder Ford EcoBoost engines for the company's European product range will launch in 2010. The line-up will comprise 1.6-litre units for the all-new Ford C-MAX and 2.0-litre units for the company's large car range.
An additional advanced, small-capacity Ford EcoBoost engine will be introduced later to expand the range of applications within Ford’s small and medium car line-up.
In addition, Ford has confirmed that its new 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine will be available globally, launching in North America in 2010 and, for its first rear-wheel drive application, in the Ford Falcon in Australia from 2011.
Powertrain engineers have maximised the economy and emissions improvements delivered in Ford EcoBoost engines by creating a new combustion system which combines the benefits of three critical elements: high-pressure direct fuel injection, advanced turbocharging and twin independent variable valve timing.
While each of these features has potential technical advantages on its own, deploying all three together brings significantly enhanced performance and results in a much more efficient combustion process across the full engine operating range.
This enables Ford EcoBoost technology to provide customers with many of the benefits offered by the latest diesel engines, while retaining the driving character and cost advantages of a petrol unit.
The primary benefits delivered by the Ford EcoBoost design approach include:
- optimised engine efficiency – fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reduced by up to 20 percent
- greater driving enjoyment – strong low-end torque and responsive performance across the full rev range
- opportunity to downsize – large-engine performance, but with the size, weight and fuel economy of a much smaller unit
The technology featured in Ford EcoBoost engines builds on existing petrol engine knowledge, and offers customers a more affordable alternative to reduce carbon emissions than equivalent hybrid or diesel engine designs.
Advanced engine designs
The 1.6- and 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost units are advanced lightweight, high efficiency engine designs which have been specially developed from Ford’s latest four-cylinder engine families.
Both units have an all-aluminium construction, with 16-valve DOHC cylinder heads featuring twin independent variable cam timing. The engines have been refined for maximum operating efficiency with optimised lubrication system design and application of low-friction coatings.
The advanced combustion system design allows both engines to meet the most stringent global emissions requirements including the PZEV (partial zero emission vehicles) standard in California and the European Stage V regulations.
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