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Frankfurt 2009: Ford unveils 1.6-liter EcoBoost - GreenAutoblog
by Sam Abuelsamid
on Sep 15th 2009 at 5:00AM
Ford's EcoBoost offensive is continuing in Frankfurt this week with the official launch of the third member of the family, the 1.6-liter four cylinder. The new engine joins the currently-in-production 3.5-liter V6 and the already-announced 2.0-liter four. Like the rest of the family, this one features direct gasoline injection, a turbocharger and dual independent variable valve timing.
Output numbers aren't yet final but it should come in at about 180 hp and 170-175 lb-ft of torque. Ford's plan is to use the EcoBoost engines to replace larger, normally-aspirated engines in various applications. For example, the 1.6 will replace 2.0-2.5-liter engines in many of the C-segment vehicles like the Focus and C-Max. The 2.0-liter will replace 2.5-3.0-liter units starting in 2010 CUVs and SUVs. That likely means we will see this as the base engine in the new unibody Explorer and, possibly, as a replacement for the V6 in the Escape.
Ford plans to have 1.3 million of these engines on the road over the next four years with availability in 80 percent of its product lines.
Check out the latest edition of the Autoblog Podcast as Ford's Mark Schirmer and Mark Kaufman join us to discuss the new C-Max, EcoBoost and the rest of the C-Segment vehicles.
and here's a Media.FORD.com article about their EcoBoost strategy
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