We are now in the age of the second wave of engine downsizing. The first wave of downsizing was spurred by the oil crisis of the mid-70's, bringing rise to the economy car as we know it today.
Downsizing simply means putting in a smaller engine in favor of a bigger one. Unfortunately, downsizing an engine usually means you have to sacrifice performance as these engines are limited when it comes to making power. Forcing something like a 1.3 liter engine to be as powerful as a 2.0 liter engine has its engineering limitations too and you also end up giving up reliability as well. If you wanted more power, you were forced to get yourself a car with a larger displacement at the expense of fuel economy. With shifting market demands, we now want more from the humble motor car. We want them to be fun but still be efficient.
Enter the turbocharger.
Another alternative to adding power is to turbocharge the engine. The idea of turbocharging is sound, simply force more air into the engine, add fuel to the mix and you get a healthy gain in horsepower. However, in the early days of boost, turbochargers ran hot and ate up a lot of fuel. Thanks to advances in technology, it can now be used as a fuel saving measure and Ford has combined the benefits of downsizing and perks of turbo power with EcoBoost. Ford is one of the few brands in the Philippines to offer advanced turbo technologies to a wide range of vehicles from the subcompact Fiesta to the full-size Expedition.
So what can Ford EcoBoost do for you? Here are two key benefits to downsizing with the help of a turbo.
If one were to follow logic, big engines equals big power while small engines equal less power. With turbocharging, it allows small engines to make significant gains in power. The 1.0 liter, three cylinder engine in the Fiesta may be small but it develops 125 PS and 170 Nm of torque, figures old 1600cc engines would struggle to reach.
The same applies for the Ford Focus with its 1.5 liter, four cylinder mill. The compact engine puts out 180 PS and 240 Nm of torque and, in the past, you needed a six cylinder engine just to reach those figures.
As for the Mustang, it too gets an EcoBoost engine. The 2.3 liter, four cylinder engine puts out more power than the V6 from the previous model and more power than the V8 models from the early 2000's. With 310 PS and 434 Nm of torque available at low revs, the Mustang EcoBoost is an efficient pony car. Simply put, it is a muscle car without the thirst.
For those looking for a potent SUV, Ford also packs the EcoBoost engine in the Explorer. Choose between the Explorer Limited or Explorer Sport and both pack quite the punch. In the Explorer Limited, it runs with the same engine as the Mustang albeit with a different power output. It puts out 274 PS and 408 Nm of torque and, to put that into perspective, it produces more power that old V6 engines. Opt for the Explorer Sport and you get an even more potent 3.5 liter V6 punching out 370 PS and a whopping 475 Nm of torque. The new Explorer not only shuttles your family in comfort but also lets you enjoy the thrills of boost.
Need even more space? Then its time to consider the Expedition Platinum, also with EcoBoost power. Like the Explorer Sport, it is powered by the same 3.5 liter V6 but with a healthier dose of good ol' torque. Power is retained at 370 PS while torque rises to a stump-pulling 569 Nm, emphasizing the haul in hauler. The best part is, you no longer have to feed eight cylinder to enjoy the perks of locomotive-like pulling power.
With the help of EcoBoost, The Fiesta, Focus, Mustang, Explorer and Expedition all make over 100 horsepower per liter, extracting every ounce of power from their downsized engines and thus, negating the need for eight cylinders. When it comes to making the most out of a little, the EcoBoost engine delivers.
The Ford EcoBoost line not only makes the most out of their compact engines but also delivers high fuel efficiency which have been proven in official testing.
During the DOE Fuel Economy Run last May, the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus posted high marks for fuel economy. The Fiesta 1.0L Sport+ managed 23.39 kilometers per liter while the Focus 1.5L Sport + did 19.20 kilometers per liter.
To sum up, the Ford EcoBoost engines balance the fine line between performance and economy. The second wave of downsizing sees manufacturers making the most out of a little and Ford is showing us the way by offering a wide range of high-power and high-efficiency vehicles. From subcompact to full-size, Ford has an EcoBoost powertrain for all. It's performance without the guilt.