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Jalopnik: 180 HP 1.6-Liter Ecoboost Inline Four Announced, Officially [Engine Porn]

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500x_1.6_Liter_Ecoboost_I4.jpgThe 1.6-liter variant of Ford's Ecoboost engine line was one of the worst kept secrets in engine development. Well, not as bad as the Scorpion or Coyote, but still, it's a 180 HP, 170 lb-ft turbocharged bigger displacement four-cylinder replacement.


The so-far littlest turbo engine that could will be heading to European stables in the also announced C-Max and Grand C-Max, doing duty as the replacement for larger four-cylinder engines. At a projected 180 HP and 170 lb-ft of torque from 1500 RPM, the new motor will be elbowing into 2.0 liter territory with a supposedly 20% improvement in fuel economy. Like other Ecoboost engines, it does this with a combination of direct-injection, a turbo, coil-on-plug ignition, independent variable cam timing for both intake and exhaust. No, it probably won't be bright blue when it heads to production.

Ford expands global Ecoboost line; high-volume four-cylinder engines to be offered in ALL REGIONS

Dearborn, Mich., Sept. 15, 2009 – Ford's high-performance, fuel-saving four-cylinder EcoBoost engine family is making its global debut early in 2010, marking a major milestone in the company's strategy to deliver greater fuel economy for millions.

The all-new
EcoBoost 1.6
-liter and 2.0-liter I-4 engines combine turbocharging and direct-injection technology to deliver fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reduced by up to 20 percent versus conventional, larger-displacement gasoline engines with similar power output. At the same time, EcoBoost engines will deliver the off-the-line power and performance characteristics familiar to diesel enthusiasts.

The fun-to-drive nature of EcoBoost engines is leading Ford to introduce these fuel-saving powertrains in large volumes virtually across its lineup. For example, by 2013 more than 90 percent of Ford's North American lineup will be available with EcoBoost technology, and nearly 80 percent of Ford's global nameplates will have an available EcoBoost option.

"Ford engineers looked at every available engine configuration, comparing power, price, economy and emissions, determining the best way to power Ford vehicles in the future," said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Ford Global Product Development.

"EcoBoost technology gives us everything: a combination of the performance buyers expect and fuel economy improvements they demand that, until now, only has been achievable with the latest-generation turbo-diesel powertrains," he added.

Going forward, Ford will shift its powertrain allocations. Under the new system:

A 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 would replace naturally aspirated V-8 engines

A 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 would replace naturally aspirated V-6 engines

A
1.6-liter EcoBoost
I-4 would replace naturally aspirated large I-4 engines

"With this next phase of our plan, we will expand our EcoBoost engine offerings, adding higher-volume, fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines to the premium V-6 engine we currently offer in North America," said Kuzak.

For European markets, the first available I-4 EcoBoost engines will be 1.6-liter units that launch on the all-new Ford C-MAX in late 2010. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine will arrive on larger European Ford products and will be launched in North America in 2010. Australia will see the Ford Falcon arrive with an available 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 in 2011.

By 2013, global EcoBoost volume throughout the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicle family is expected to be 1.3 million units, with up to 750,000 sales coming from North America alone.

Why EcoBoost?

EcoBoost engines combine direct gasoline injection with turbocharging to lower emissions, improve performance and reduce fuel use. Technological advancements provide driving fun with high power ratings from lower-capacity engines and torque performance similar to that found on turbocharged diesels.

"EcoBoost is an integrated part of Ford's global mid- and long-term sustainability strategy," said Kuzak. "Combined with advanced multi-speed transmissions, electric power steering, weight reductions and aerodynamic improvements, EcoBoost will help Ford address the world's global warming and energy challenges without sacrificing the joy of driving."

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Its a neat little engine. It is way to early to be sure but I feel like this could really eat GM's 1.4T's lunch. It is slightly larger but has a significant 40 hp boost over the 1.4's supposed rating of 140.

I would be curious to see what this could do as a ase engine in midsized cars like the fusion. It should be pretty sprightly as a mid trim engine in the next focus.

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Okay... here comes the shallow side of me.. what are these little engines going to sound like? Yeah, fuel economy is great, but I don't want to buy something that sounds like a lawn mower.

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Its a neat little engine. It is way to early to be sure but I feel like this could really eat GM's 1.4T's lunch. It is slightly larger but has a significant 40 hp boost over the 1.4's supposed rating of 140.

GM has a turbo 1.6L churning out 180hp, used in Opels/Vauxhalls. One area where the Ford engine could eat GM's lunch is in fuel consumption as the GM 1.6L does not have DI (don't remember if it has variable cam timing).

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I know, but I don't think that the GM 1.6 is going to make it to the US leaving only the 1.4T, which does have DI I belive, for comparison.

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These sound like good engines, the 1.6 may sound whiny, but the 2.0 should sound like any other 4-banger. Great replacements for the weak 140 hp 2.0 in the Focus and Transit, and the aging 3.0 Duratec in the Escape and Fusion. With the C-Max and Fiesta coming, if they get a new Focus, Ford could be the leader in small cars, plus the Fusion and its platform mates are doing well.

How about a Ecoboost V8 to join these little engines?

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Ford is doing awesome things and just keeps surprising me. I know it's not in the plans, but man, I'd love to see a classy up-to-date Town Car, new V8, totally competitive. I stopped liking the Town Car after its bubbly redesign in 1998. My friend's parents had a 1993, 1998 and a 2003... the 1993 was my favorite style.

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I know, but I don't think that the GM 1.6 is going to make it to the US leaving only the 1.4T, which does have DI I belive, for comparison.

I think I read that the 1.4T has DI, but can't remember where to go back and confirm... I would expect GM to certify either the current 1.6L turbo or an upgrade of that engine with DI, if they have any brains.

The reason I wrote "if they have any brains" is that I would also expect GM not to waste the 400hp V6 engine that was supposed to go into the Cadillac BLS-V, but apprently and according to something I read at a SAAB enthusiast website, the 9-3 mule where the engine was installed for testing is no more...

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Okay... here comes the shallow side of me.. what are these little engines going to sound like? Yeah, fuel economy is great, but I don't want to buy something that sounds like a lawn mower.

yeah but otherwise the green bunch wants you to drive an electric car that makes no sound.

or a rattly diesel.

a good revvy engine hopefully can be tuned to have SOME sort of soul to it.

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yeah but otherwise the green bunch wants you to drive an electric car that makes no sound.

or a rattly diesel.

a good revvy engine hopefully can be tuned to have SOME sort of soul to it.

I've driven a MINI Cooper S with a 1.6 DI turbo - and THAT engine sounds awesome. Not lawn mower-like at all.

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Its a neat little engine. It is way to early to be sure but I feel like this could really eat GM's 1.4T's lunch. It is slightly larger but has a significant 40 hp boost over the 1.4's supposed rating of 140.

I would be curious to see what this could do as a ase engine in midsized cars like the fusion. It should be pretty sprightly as a mid trim engine in the next focus.

The Ford 1.6 turbo is designed to replace large-displacement (2.5L) I4s -- Fusion, Malibu, etc.

The GM 1.4 turbo is designed to replace medium-displacement (2.0L) I4s -- Focus, Cruze, etc.

Ford's also making a 2.0 EcoBoost to replace current V6s.

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GM already has 1.6L Turbo - introduced in the new Astra that is making 180hp. So technically Ford has not one-upped GM wrt to power. One thing I cannot find information is whether it is DI or not.

European buyers of the Astra will be able to select from a broad selection of gasoline and diesel engines. Aside from an entry-level 1.4-naturally aspirated engine and the Insignia-derived 1.6-liter Turbo with 180HP, the Astra's petrol range will also include GM's new 1.4-liter turbocharged unit. It will be offered with outputs ranging from 120 hp to 140 hp and torque values of 175 to 200 Nm. General Motors says that the 1.4 Turbo engine will deliver fuel savings of up to 8 percent compared to the naturally aspirated 1.6 and 1.8-liter engines that it will replace.

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Z - where did you get the information regarding the 400hp V6? What engine is it based on and is it twin turbo?

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The only thing Ford has on GM is they have the turbo V6 is on the market and they have marketed the Ecoboost much better than GM has the Ecotec DI Turbo.

The 2.0 Ecotec DI turbo is as good or better than any of Fords planned 4 cylinder offerings. GM has been selling them for three years and few people really know about it. That may change in the next couple years as they are put into more mainstream cars.

The jury is out on the American 1.4 DI turbo yet since I have yet to drive one. But if they can do with it like they have the 2.0 Tubo it could be a winner.

Note much of GM's fuel ratings are lower than what most driver will see in the real world on many of their vehicles. My 2.0 is 4 MPG better than the rating and I drive it hard.

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The only thing Ford has on GM is they have the turbo V6 is on the market and they have marketed the Ecoboost much better than GM has the Ecotec DI Turbo.

Saab 2.8 liter turbo?

SRX 2.8 liter turbo?

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Saab 2.8 liter turbo?

SRX 2.8 liter turbo?

Ford's 3.5 turbo is wayyy more powerful. More fuel efficient to boot, too. It has direct injection, whereas the 2.8T uses port fuel injection.

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Saab 2.8 liter turbo?

SRX 2.8 liter turbo?

I don't count the Saab as it is not a mainstream domestic GM car. Not even GM anymore anyway.

The SRX is the first real domestic use of a Turbo V6. I am still waiting to see where Chevy will use it. I would like to see a 2.8 DI Turbo BU for MY 2012.

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Wonder that is the 3.6 DI TT in works. That would be spectacular.

Not sure... it seems all the turbocharging work has been concentrated in the 2.8L version of the block... the Insignia OPC engine makes 325hp.. add 10% with DI and it gets 357.5hp (373.75hp if the increase is 15%)... add a second turbo to this and we could be talking about 400hp from a 2.8L V6...

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I don't count the Saab as it is not a mainstream domestic GM car. Not even GM anymore anyway.

The SRX is the first real domestic use of a Turbo V6. I am still waiting to see where Chevy will use it. I would like to see a 2.8 DI Turbo BU for MY 2012.

SRX comment... for GM and in the recent years....

hopefully they use the 3.0L then they don't have to DI the 2.8. ;)

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These sound like good engines, the 1.6 may sound whiny, but the 2.0 should sound like any other 4-banger. Great replacements for the weak 140 hp 2.0 in the Focus and Transit, and the aging 3.0 Duratec in the Escape and Fusion. With the C-Max and Fiesta coming, if they get a new Focus, Ford could be the leader in small cars, plus the Fusion and its platform mates are doing well.

How about a Ecoboost V8 to join these little engines?

I remember reading somewhere that they would do one. I think high gas prices killed (or at least delayed) that program though.

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SRX comment... for GM and in the recent years....

hopefully they use the 3.0L then they don't have to DI the 2.8. ;)

Thank you GM was what I ment.

I don't know on the 3.0 GM seems to drop the liters as they add the Turbo to get better MPG and Emmisions. I think the SRX would have gotten the Turbo on the 3.0 if they were going in that direction.

I wouls expect what ever Europe and China gets we will get with a little different tune.

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