EcoBoost is a name that's been around since 2009 but we are starting to see it appear in Ford vehicles a little closer to home. It is also showing up in other brands like Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo. JLR (Jaguar Land Rover) was sold to the Indian giant Tata in 2008 and Volvo was sold to Chinese Geely in 2010 and both are buying EcoBoost engines under contract to Ford to use in their vehicles.
EcoBoost is destined to be in over 80% of its vehicles throughout the world by 2013. Each engine is not just a single power-plant but rather a family of engines that incorporates specific technologies across the different sizes. Technologies like variable valve timing, direct injection and turbocharging.
Ford has 5 EcoBoost engines currently and they range from 3 to 6 cylinders:
1. Ford EcoBoost 1.0 L 3-Cylinder, approximately 100-125kW
2. Ford EcoBoost 1.5 L 4-Cylinder, approximately 120-130kW
3. Ford EcoBoost 1.6 L 4-Cylinder, approximately 133-140kW
4. Ford EcoBoost 2.0 L 4-Cylinder, approximately 177-180kW
5. Ford EcoBoost 3.5 L V6-Cylinder, approximately 270-275kW
The Ford models we are seeing or likely to see in NZ with EcoBoost:
1. Ford Fiesta ST 1.5 L 4-Cylinder EcoBoost
2. Ford Kuga 1.6 L 4-Cylinder EcoBoost
3. Ford Focus 1.6 L 4-Cylinder EcoBoost
4. Ford Focus ST 2.0 L 4-Cylinder EcoBoost
5. Ford Mondeo Zetec 1.6 L 4-Cylinder EcoBoost
6. Ford Mondeo Titanium 2.0 L 4-Cylinder EcoBoost
7. Ford Falcon XT 2.0 L 4-Cylinder EcoBoost
Other makes with EcoBoost on board:
1. Jaguar XF i4 2.0 L 4-Cylinder EcoBoost
2. Land Rover Freelander Si4 2.0 L 4-Cylinder EcoBoost
3. Range Rover Evoque Si4 2.0 L 4-Cylinder EcoBoost
Ford has built and manufactured 600,000 plus EcoBoost engines since the first one in 2009. Ford is planning to have the ability to manufacture one and half million engines in its plants located in America, Asia and Europe each year. As of today we are only seeing the 1.6 L and 2.0 L EcoBoost in vehicles in New Zealand but that will change as Ford’s global strategy impacts into all corners of the globe.