Dearborn, Michigan – Ford will introduce its four-cylinder EcoBoost engine family in early 2010, replacing larger-displacement engines in vehicles worldwide.

The all-new EcoBoost 1.6- and 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines combine turbocharging and direct-injection technology to deliver fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reduced by up to 20 per cent, when compared with conventional, larger-displacement gasoline engines with similar power output. Ford said the engines also deliver off-the-line power and performance characteristics familiar to diesel enthusiasts.

By 2013, more than 90 per cent of Ford’s North American lineup will be available with EcoBoost technology, and nearly 80 per cent of Ford’s global nameplates will have an available EcoBoost option.

Under the new system, a 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 will replace naturally-aspirated V8 engines; a 2.0-litre EcoBoost I4 will replace naturally-aspirated V6 engines; and a 1.6-litre EcoBoost I4 will replace naturally-aspirated larger I4 engines.

In European markets, the first I4 EcoBoost engines will be 1.6-litre units that will launch on the all-new Ford C-MAX in late 2010. The 2.0-litre EcoBoost will arrive on larger European Ford products and will be launched in North America in 2010. In Australia, the Ford Falcon will use an available 2.0-litre EcoBoost I4 in 2011.

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