Ford has revealed its all-new EcoBlue diesel engine, claiming that it is cleaner and more efficient than its predecessor.
The new 2.0-liter EcoBlue is taking over from the 2.2-liter Duratorq powerplant, and Ford says that fuel efficiency has been improved by 13 percent thanks to a new crankshaft, camshaft and belt-in-oil system. A new turbocharger is also present, which uses Inconel, an alloy of nickel containing chromium and iron, to improve heat resistance.
Considering the current climate surrounding diesel emissions thanks to Volkswagen, it is also important that this new engine meet strict standards. Ford claims that the engine meets Euro 6 emissions standards, which will be implemented in September of 2016, requiring a 55-percent NOx emission reduction compared to the previous Euro 5 standard.
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For now, this little diesel will serve in Ford’s commercial van lineup, eventually spreading to passenger cars. Three different states of tune will be available ranging from 105 horsepower up to 170 hp for the vans. When fitted to a passenger car, the 2.0-liter will be able to produce between 200 and 240 hp. Torque is also improved on this engine, with peak output coming at 1,250 rpm.
Besides meeting Euro 6 standards, Ford says that this engine meets global emissions standards, so it is possible that it will come to the U.S. in the Transit lineup.
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