Ford EcoBoost Engine Expands to 2012 Edge and Explorer

It’s here! The 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine is available in the 2012 Ford Edge and Explorer, shipping to dealerships as we speak! It can be had in the front-wheel-drive models.

And by the way, you thought the Edge and Explorer boasted great fuel economy before? Equipped with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost, the Edge with EcoBoost has a hearty EPA-estimated 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. Meanwhile, the Explorer has an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, which is a 30 percent highway fuel-efficiency increase over the most economical previous-gen 2010 Explorer. Both applications will deliver 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque.

The Edge and Explorer are the first vehicles in North America to be offered with the new 2.0-liter engine. The EcoBoost marks the next chapter in the Ford strategy to downsize engines and use turbocharging and direct injection to deliver the power and fuel economy you crave. The EcoBoost does this by combining a smaller displacement with a turbocharger and gasoline direct injection to provide the power of a normally aspirated V6 with the fuel economy of a four-cylinder engine. Moving forward, EcoBoost engines will continue to deliver more power and fuel economy from smaller-displacement engines; Ford has committed to offering fuel-efficient, high-technology EcoBoost engines in 90 percent of its global vehicle portfolio by 2013.

The Explorer EcoBoost fuel economy is optimized with aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff (ADSFO), twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), an efficient six-speed gear span in its 6F35 automatic transmission and a smooth aerodynamic body. The Edge too maximizes fuel economy by combining the advanced EcoBoost powertrain with ADSFO and Ti-VCT, but adds active grille shutters to improve aerodynamics. Active transmission warmup for the 6F35 gearbox reduces internal friction immediately following engine startup.

“An expanded array of customer choice marks the Ford showroom for 2012,” said Ford President, The Americas, Mark Fields. “An EcoBoost powertrain puts Edge and Explorer fuel efficiency over the top, while the next-generation Ford Focus brings an extended portfolio of models with premium technology, comfort and convenience offerings.”

That’s right ““ if the Focus is more your style, it too is powered by a new engine, a 2.0-liter gasoline direct-injection four-cylinder, delivering an EPA-estimated up to 40 mpg on the highway, with a class-leading 160 horsepower and 146 lb.-ft. of torque, and a fuel-efficiency improvement of 10 percent and 20 percent more horsepower than the previous-model Focus engine. The advanced technology uses Ti-VCT to increase responsiveness, boost fuel economy and reduce emissions. Plus, an available Super Fuel Economy package for the Focus SE adds low-rolling-resistance tires, aerodynamically optimized wheel covers and rear disc brakes.

Content courtesy of The Ford Story

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