By David Thomas on Mon Apr 12 06:31:00 GMT-06:00 2010
Ford has rolled out only one of its EcoBoost turbo engines — a 3.5-liter V-6 found in the Taurus, Flex and Lincoln MKS and MKT — but the company says it is going all-in on the technology and will add three more globally by the end of 2010.
In the U.S., we’ll see a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in the upcoming Ford Explorer — as we learned in January — and the 2011 Ford Edge, which goes on sale this summer, although the EcoBoost might not be available at launch. There was no mention of the Lincoln MKX getting the same engine.
A 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 engine will also find its way into rear-wheel-drive-equipped F-150s.
European shoppers will get to pick a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in the C-Max small van.
All three engines promise power and performance akin to larger engines while returning mileage of smaller ones. However, the current EcoBoost applications carry a higher price tag than base models, like engine upgrades of old. Except now, you’re not upgrading to a V-6 or a V-8, you’re upgrading to a turbocharged four or six.
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