Detroit, Michigan – Ford will add three more EcoBoost engines to its lineup by the end of the year, and expects to be producing about 1.5 million EcoBoost engines globally by 2013, about 200,000 more than originally expected.

Plans call for an EcoBoost engine to be available in 80 per cent of the company’s nameplates globally, and 90 per cent of North American offerings. About half of the 1.5 million engines are expected to be sold in North America, with the rest destined for Europe, South America and Asia Pacific regions.

The three new EcoBoost engines include a 1.6-litre four-cylinder for the European C-Max, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder for the next-generation Ford Explorer and Edge, and a 3.5-litre V6 for the F-150. Ford said it has upgraded the 3.5-litre V6 for rear-wheel drive applications, and expects the EcoBoost F-150 to deliver best-in-class fuel economy with the power and towing capability of a V8.

EcoBoost engines are currently available in the Ford Flex and Taurus, and Lincoln MKS and MKT. The technology combines direct fuel injection, variable cam timing and turbocharging to reduce fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and vehicle weight, while providing the performance of a larger engine. Researchers are studying ways to further downsize EcoBoost engines while preserving performance and raising fuel economy.

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