The Evolution of the Ford EcoBoost engine

While the Ford Motor Company has retained its loyal customer base through the steady evolution of style, it is also the technology which sees people returning to Ford dealerships time and time again. One of the most recent successes is the EcoBoost engine, and this guide looks at why this humble power source which has quickly become so praised across the world.

The Beginnings
Production on the first Ford EcoBoost engine began in 2009 with the four cylinder engine. There are three versions of the I-4 EcoBoost:1.5L, 1.6L and 2.0L variants, with the latter designed as the eventual replacement of small displacement, naturally aspirated V6 engines across the fleet of new Ford cars.

The power of the engines quickly helped them to garner great attention across the motoring industry, with an example being the 1.6L for the European market in particular offering 180bhp and 180lb-ft.

In 2012 Ford began production of the three cylinder EcoBoost, which arrived in either 74 kW or 88 to 92 kW variants, producing 99hp and 118-123hp respectively. The engineers at Ford chose to use cast iron instead of aluminium for the engine block which although meant more overall weight, also provided in a 50 per cent faster warm-up time.

The engine was praised from fans and critics alike, particularly for its size as the complete engine block was no bigger than a piece of a sheet of A4 paper. It was also commended for the levels of precision it featured to offer impeccable performance and reliability, such internal timing belt which was soaked in engine oil to provide long life as well as reduced noise and greater engine efficiency.

The Innovation
Ford have continued to develop the EcoBoost, proof alone that it isn’t a company intent on standing still. The most recent addition to the line-up is the 2.0L four cylinder EcoBoost, which is set to be introduced with the second generation of the Ford Edge. There’s also 2.3L four cylinder to look forward to, set to make its debut in the Lincoln MKC crossover but will likely make its way across the border in the coming years.

The translated mission statement of the Ford EcoBoost engine is simple: to offer maximum performance while providing the best levels of fuel efficiency. This is exactly what all the engines have achieved, delivering the same power as a larger conventional engine while boasting increases of 20 per cent in fuel efficiency while offering as much as a 15 per cent decrease in fuel efficiency

The Awards
This incredible piece of technology hasn’t gone unnoticed in the motoring industry, with the EcoBoost winning countless awards despite its relatively short history. Just one of the high-profile awards is the accolade for International Engine of the Year, something which the 1.0L EcoBoost has won on three consecutive occasions between 2012 and 2014. With the engine wining seven different International Engine of the Year awards in the space of just three years, it is clear that the EcoBoost really is a force to be reckoned with.

To learn more about the many benefits that the Ford EcoBoost engine range could offer you, why not pay a visit to one of the official Ford dealers operated by Foray Motor Group?

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