2011 Ford Explorer may get 2.0L Ecoboost turbo engine

For 2010, Ford is introducing powertrain advancements that range from an entirely new line of powerful, efficient EcoBoost engines to minute transmission tweaks that reduce friction. The challenges of improving fuel economy and reducing emissions are affecting all levels of Ford engineering throughout the 2010 lineup. A new 2.0L EcoBoost 4-cylinder will arrive in 2010, and along with the new engine, Ford will also debut its Powershift six-speed dual clutch gearbox next year.

The turbocharged inline-4 will be rated at about 230 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. The new dry-clutch automanual gearbox is currently used in several European Ford and Volvo models, most of them compact cars. For the United States, the transmission could be fitted in various small cars, but it is also expected to be the entry-level engine in the 2011 Ford Explorer, while being offered up as an option in Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner models. Even the upcoming new Ford Ranger may benefit from the new engine.

Thanks to constant, incremental improvements, mileage increases have been achieved on many Ford vehicle lines for 2010. Advanced Deceleration Fuel Shut-Off saves gas during normal slowdowns by temporarily interrupting fuel flow while maintaining optimal engine performance. When the driver releases the accelerator pedal to slow down, the system temporarily turns off the fuel. The flow of fuel seamlessly resumes when the vehicle reaches a set low speed or when the driver accelerates again. Operation is automatic and requires no unusual actions from the driver.

Electronic Throttle Control optimizes engine performance and fuel efficiency by eliminating a direct connection from the accelerator pedal to the throttle. Instead, an electronic actuator monitors the accelerator pedal, relaying driver input to the electronic throttle control system.

Upcoming SUV models by Ford promises to reinvent the category in terms of efficiency advancements.

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  • James
    July 18, 2010 | Permalink |

    This is not the 2011 Explorer…try the 2011 Taurus X.

  • Caitlyn
    July 26, 2010 | Permalink |

    James – The Taurus X was discontinued a couple years ago so no, this is not a 2011 Taurus X. I do agree however that is looks like the Taurus X.

  • ron
    August 2, 2010 | Permalink |

    I have a 2008 explorer my second one.My first a 2003,looks like my 2008 is my last.This 2011 is a explorer in name only,it’s a stationwagon. Way to go ford.Why don’t you build it in Mexico like the fusion, fiesta, mkz?

  • TGreenAutos
    August 18, 2010 | Permalink |

    I’ve been reading your posts for the last half an hours, and it all has been really informative and well written.

  • Austin
    August 28, 2010 | Permalink |

    This thing looks like a POS! I will not pay my hard earned money to drive a vehicle that looks like that. I am a huge Ford fan and they really screwed this one up bad. How can you design something to be an improvement and step back and say this is it! Moron! Its a car and an ugly one at that! You call that a Ford Explorer? Your FIRED!

  • richard
    September 3, 2010 | Permalink |

    what the hell is that it kooks like the explorer had a kid with a 300 ….there where never built right but damn what the fuck is ford thinking thats butt ass ugly kill that thing befor you can buy one

  • richard
    September 3, 2010 | Permalink |

    and yes its based off the Taurus X. but now its a explorer ford is just tricking people do more research edmands even says it but why would ford want to bring that back and thats why i work for chevy now

    September 19, 2010 | Permalink |

    The front looks like the “Flex” and the back explorer. It looks like a mess.

  • Ian G
    September 20, 2010 | Permalink |

    Tauras X? No! Can you say Ford Flex with a suspension lift? Might as well go after the new Ford Edge at least it looks beefier.

  • Derek
    September 28, 2010 | Permalink |

    eco friendly looking peice of shit i swear they make “green” cars look ugly on purpose so no one will buy them.. then blame it on the technology

  • TC
    October 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    Yea,I can see the new world order has gotten to you w that 2.0 turbo 4cyl. Shouldnt be in the same sentence with EXPLORER!
    for the co. Im proud of for not taking stimulous money, you sure built an OBAMA MOBILE!
    sorry, but ive got an 03 f-150,& its a staition wagon w a truck body & thats as far as im willing to go,IM MARRIED TO FORD , but this scares me guys,
    they builderburgs approved 6-7 dollar gas this year, i hope your not saying what i think your saying?

  • Harlock
    November 12, 2010 | Permalink |

    Thank God my ’90 F350 crew cab dually 4X4 was built to last. It will probably be the last Ford I’ll buy

  • Alejandro
    November 27, 2010 | Permalink |

    For All Those Who Said That This Vehicle Is Another Taurus X , I Agree With You 100%. And They Really Screwed Up With This Explorer. And Now I Wonder What The Expedition Would Look Like , If They Don’t Discontinue It .

  • Sarah
    December 28, 2010 | Permalink |

    I actually like this car. Call me crazy but I really do. This is coming from someone who detests Exploders….(Explorers). I am a ford person till I die, won’t own anything else.

  • Karol
    February 13, 2011 | Permalink |

    I think the new Explorer is very good looking!! The new body style gives it new modern lines that are a welcome change. Come on…change can be fun. I’ve never owed a Ford, and now I might just buy one!! And, by the way, I have very good taste.

  • Ryan
    February 17, 2011 | Permalink |

    Looks like garbage. Glad I left the Ford bandwagon years ago. Last Ford I owned was a 74 pick up. Last one I will own. Blew it up too. Old Fords good….new bad. Best thing to happen to law enforcement since the car was Ford discontinuing the Vic.

  • Eric
    February 17, 2011 | Permalink |

    I don’t care what anyone says, that is NOT a 2011 Ford Explorer. Someone crossed their pictures up with a previous Taurus X.. THe New Explorer looks decent, but I prefered the other look better.

  • The Editor
    February 18, 2011 | Permalink |

    This was the prototype. The actual 2011 Explorer looks different.

  • Carol
    March 28, 2011 | Permalink |

    I agree with those stating this is an ugly vehicle. The body is okay but seriously – the front is seriously hideous – I have an explorer and was considering another – but forget it now.

    April 19, 2011 | Permalink |

    Ford introduces the Ford Explorer,BUT limited stock , Make MORE ship more out to your dealers. The dealer doesn’t know when they would get more . Great work Ford , advertize and commercial to show you a great suv But no one have any…..

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