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Ford launches EcoBlue turbo-diesels

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Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Ford | posted April 27, 2016 12:14

Ford reinvents turbo-diesel power with EcoBlue engine

Ford's EcoBoost technology is now available in turbo-diesels after the company debuted the EcoBlue engine. Set to deliver better fuel economy and power to passenger and commercial vehicles, the EcoBlue turbo-diesel uses tech derived from EcoBoost and will be available in various output ratings, along with improved refinement.

“Ford’s EcoBoost created a new standard for petrol engines — smaller, more efficient with surprising performance. That same obsession to innovate for the customer is behind our new Ford EcoBlue diesel engine range. This new engine lifts fuel efficiency and reduces CO2 by over 10 per cent in the Transit, part of Europe’s best-selling commercial vehicle line-up, lowering costs for our customers,” said Jim Farley, chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe.

Compared to current TDCi engines, EcoBlue has a new engine architecture that will have reduced friction and a cleaner-burning combustion system. According to Ford, this allows the engine to meet stringent Euro-VI emission standards. It will also have mirror-image porting for better engine breathing and a new high-pressure fuel injection system that will provide better engine response and more precise fuel delivery.

The new 2.0-liter EcoBlue turbo-diesel from Ford

A new low-inertia turbocharger has been installed as well and features a turbine wheel made from Inconel. The compressor wheels, on the other hand, are now milled from solid metal, not cast. Also, Ford added that the compact turbocharger will be able to deliver more power off the line than the current 2.2-liter TDCi inline-four. With it, Ford said it will produce 20-per cent more torque at 1,250 rpm than the current 2.2-liter offering.

For refinement, the EcoBlue has a noise-optimized cylinder head while sound deadened steel prevents further engine noise from creeping into the cabin.

The 2.0-liter EcoBlue engine will be offered in 105 PS, 130 PS and 170 PS in commercial vehicles. Certain passenger vehicles, on the other hand, will be rated at 200 PS. Apart from the 2.0-liter inline-four, the EcoBlue lineup will soon be joined by a smaller 1.5-liter lump.

The first models that will be equipped with the 2.0-liter EcoBlue engine will be the Transit and Transit Custom commercial vehicles. In addition, Ford of Europe plans to replace the 2.2-liter TDCi with the EcoBlue engines.