Posts Tagged ‘EcoBoost’
November 30th, 2012
Hot on the heels of the new-for-2013 Ford Focus ST high-performance hatchback, the smaller Fiesta will release for the 2013 model year with a thorough makeover from Ford’s new worldwide ST performance division. Ford can boast that the Fiesta ST will have the largest power of any car in the subcompact segment, thanks to the brand’s 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder we like so much in the new 2013 Escape crossover.
As tuned for the Fiesta ST, this willing engine makes 197 horsepower and a healthy 214 lb-ft. of torque and comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Ford also recalibrated the Fiesta’s steering and suspension dynamics for a sportier ride, adding in 17-inch exclusive alloy wheels, SYNC with MyFord Touch and dual exhaust. With an estimated 34 highway mpg to go with its performance cred, the Fiesta ST should convince a whole new generation of young car nuts that Ford brings the goods.
Pricing information has not yet been released, but we’ll venture a guess at a hair under $19k. Look for the Fiesta ST in U.S. dealerships in mid-2013.
October 24th, 2011
Ford has moved 100,000 Explorers through 2011 to date, an improvement of a staggering 290% over the same period last year. The redesigned new 2011 Explorer has been a hit with consumers, if not always with critics. It is the first time since 2007 sales have reached the 100k mark, and 2011 still has more than 2 months to go.
The Explorer won the 2011 North American Truck of the Year award, but quirks like its sometimes-confounding MyFordTouch system have cost it points with reviewers. Ford is much more concerned with what the consumer thinks, and strong sales send a clear message.
Ford’s new 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo 4-cylinder debuts on the Explorer for 2012, offering 240 horsepower and a truly excellent 20 city/28 highway mpg.
July 7th, 2011
Engineers at Ford decided their new 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder needed a more pleasing sound with less turbo “woosh” and “whine” and more air intake “snarl” and “growl.”
To achieve this, the company has developed a new device called a sound symposer, “a sound box that harvests good, engine-generated frequencies from the air intake system and then sends these sound frequencies straight into the passenger compartment,” Ford says.
The small, mechanically simple device is mounted downstream from the turbocharger and has two chambers on the intake side and two chambers on the outlet side with a movable flap in-between. When the gas pedal hits the floor, pulsations from the engine-side chambers meet the flap, producing sound waves the driver hears through a sound pipe running from the outlet chambers, through the firewall and into the passenger compartment. Ford promises sound symposers fitted to its EcoBoost engines will improve their aural character at high rpms while maintaining a quiet cabin at low-to-mid rpms.
The EcoBoost 1.6 Ford Focus is selling like crazy in Europe, though American 2012 Focus buyers are still limited to the 2.0-liter, 160-horsepower naturally aspirated engine for now.