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The Vuhl 05 has been officially unveiled packing a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine with 285 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, making it good for a 3.7-second 0-60 mph
With the oil crisis of the ‘70s many predicted the death of the V8 engine, but it has continued to solider on. With Chrysler and Infiniti execs recently commenting that there’s no place for eight-cylinder cars in the future of their respective brands, this time, are the V8 engine’s days finally numbered?
AutoGuide Five-Point Inspection
This week’s subject for AutoGuide’s Five-Point Inspection is the Lincoln MKT. It comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6, but our tester came equipped with Ford’s EcoBoost twin-turbo V6, which is EPA rated at 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. The base price is $45,285, while a fully loaded version can reach up to $50,780.
Read on to find out what is good and bad about the Lincoln MKT.
In an effort to squeeze as much power from every car, while making them more fuel-friendly, automakers are increasingly switching their engines to use a technology that’s not exactly new and which isn’t typically associated with fuel economy – turbocharging.
It’s been a long time since Budweiser first debuted its infamous commercial starring our favorite amphibians. But this time around, Ford of Australia has turned to the assistance of toads to show off its EcoBoost engines.
If this is already sounding strange, it gets stranger. In fact, the majority of the ad is just a toad discussion about secretions and the like. Somehow it manages to segue into the toads talking about a vehicle that’s coming down the road. But these aren’t ordinary toads; in the lovable Australian accent, one of them believes they should get off the road at which time the other responds with, “It’s only a four cylinder…four cylinder, not powerful!”
And with that, those become famous last words for one of the toads. Ford’s point? Its EcoBoost engines offer six-cylinder performance from a four-cylinder engine.
Check out the ad below.
Ford has just announced the 2013 Escape will get an official tow rating of 3,500 lbs., which makes it best-in-class out of all small turbocharged SUVs – an rather obscure statistic.
The Escape used to be powered by a 3.0L V6, and carried a 3,500 lbs. tow rating, same as the new Escape. Now with Ford’s 2.0L Ecoboost, the engine is downsized to provide better fuel economy and still give Escape owners 3,500lbs. of towing capability. The 2.0L Ecoboost makes 237 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque, and is mated to a six speed automatic transmission.
“Smaller-displacement engines have a fundamental efficiency advantage,” said Roger Maynard, Powertrain supervisor for the 2013 Ford Escape.
The Volkswagen Tiguan, Kia Sportage and Acura RDX are the closest competitors to the Escape (all being either turbocharged or offering turbo versions), but all fall short by at least 1,300 lbs. worth of towing capability.
It almost sounds strange to hear Ford is working on a 1.0L, three-cylinder engine – especially one that could potentially make 177-hp. Gone are the days of having to rely on large V8 engines for performance, as technology pushes the envelope on smaller and more efficient powerplants with turbochargers.
Possibly next on the EcoBoost line of engines is a high-performance variant of the 1.0L EcoBoost engine says vehicle line director Gunnar Herrmann, delivering as much as 177-hp. Currently the regular 1.0L produces 123-hp, but by mating it with an efficient turbocharger the American automaker could be pumping out 54-hp more. The rumor currently has the EcoBoost engine featuring an electric supercharger that will feed the turbocharger found in the current 1.6L EcoBoost engine.
No torque figures were estimated, but it is feasible that Ford could produce anywhere from 175 to 200 lb-ft of torque. And while 177-hp won’t exactly blow the doors off of many cars these days, it would be a formidable engine under the hood of a Fiesta or even a Focus.
There are also rumors that Ford is working on a 2.3L EcoBoost with a possible 320-hp.
At 20/28 MPG city and highway, Ford‘s Ecoboosted Explorer is the most efficient seven-passenger SUV on the market.
With 28 MPG on the highway that’s 3 more than a Highlander, 4 more than a Traverse, and 5 more than both the Highlander and Grand Cherokee. Not bad for a four-cylinder. Four pistons in an SUV, of course, still get the stigma of slowness, but the Explorer delivers 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the miracle of turbocharging, this is more torque than the 250 lb-ft found in the 3.5-liter V6.
And all on regular gas, too!
There are some drawbacks, however. Ford is saving the 2.0-liter Ecoboost for just the front-wheel-drive model. With that combination, towing capacity drops from 1979 Continental to Miata levels, or 5,000 to 2,000 lbs. And above all, the Boosted Explorer will feature a price premium of $995 over the V6, in a reversal of cylinder count posturing.
Will consumers accept the higher price and lower towing for better mileage? Either way, it’s nice to have the option.
Click here to read AutoGuide’s 2011 Ford Explorer Review or hit the jump to watch our video review:
Ford‘s F-150 pickup will officially get the long awaited 3.5L Ecoboost V6, as well as two new V8s and a 3.7L V6. The 3.7L V6 and 5.0L V8 are similar to the units used in the Ford Mustang but have been revised to better suit the needs of a pickup truck, with re-enforced internals and E85 capability. The 6.2L V8 from the Ford SVT Raptor pickup will also be standard on 2011 Super Duty trucks.
Ford’s Ecoboost will be available across the range and match the 6.2L’s tow rating of 11, 300 pounds while getting 20% better mileage than the outgoing 5.4L engine. All four engines will be backed by a new 6-speed automatic with a manual override function as well.
Hit the jump to read the official press release