Report: Ford Confirms EcoBoost 4-Cylinder With At Least 230 Horsepower

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Ford has just confirmed that it will bring an EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine to marker starting next year. The new engine will be a 2.0-liter gasoline four-cylinder and use a turbocharger to deliver at least 230hp and 240 ft-lbs of torque.

Much in the way that the 365-hp EcoBoost V6 delivers V8 power with V6 duel-economy, the EcoBoost four is designed to deliver V6 power with four-cylinder fuel-economy. Ford says it should deliver a 10 to 20 percent fuel-economy improvement over a similarly powerful V6 engine.

Ford will no doubt begin to use this new EcoBoost four as a replacement for many of its V6 engines in models like the Fusion, Edge and Escape/Mariner. There is the possibility that we could see the turbo-four replace the base V6 powerplants in models like the Mustang and F-150. Some rumors, however, have indicated that the Mustang could use the 3.7-liter V6 from the Lincoln MKS.

As with the current EcoBoost V6, Ford seems dedicated to using the new engines in higher-end trim levels of cars, such as with the SHO or the EcoBoost version of the Flex. That being said, there is potential that this new EcoBoost four could see its way in to a sporty version of the Focus.

Even smaller displacement (1.0- to 1.6-liter) EcoBoost engines are expected to follow for use in the Focus and the upcoming Fiesta, as Ford has its eye on becoming a bigger player in the high-volume sub-compact segment.

By 2010 Ford says it will have improve the fuel-economy of its vehicles by 20 percent as compared to 2005, with a goal of a 35 percent improvement by 2015.

[Source: Car & Driver]

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  • Mike Mike on Nov 21, 2009

    The Ecoboost V6 produces 365hp not 260.

    • Colum Wood Colum Wood on Nov 21, 2009

      Absolutely right! It has been corrected. Thanks for keeping us on our toes.

  • Wymbrley Wymbrley on Jan 26, 2010

    The Ecoboost 4 would seem to be a good option for the 2011 MKZ; the mileage figures for the current V6 are not much better than my Lincoln LS, and the next oil crunch is just around the corner.

    • Colum Wood Colum Wood on Jan 26, 2010

      That's a good idea. I'm betting the MKZ, Fusion, Edge and MKX will all get it eventually.