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.