Ford has just announced an engine that has the potential to be game-changing. It’s going to be called the “EcoBlue,” and this 2.0-liter four-cylinder will be the first in a new line of clean-sheet oil-burning engines. The Ford EcoBlue engine availability is set for the middle of 2016, and the impact is sure to be felt almost immediately.
The Ford Transit and Transit Custom are the two models that will see an immediate impact from the EcoBlue diesel. This new engine has been designed to meet the strict standards Ford places on the vehicles in its commercial fleet. Transit vans are put through the equivalent of 3.4-million miles of durability tests. 250,000 of these miles are done outside of any testing facilities by real-world Transit drivers.
The new EcoBlue diesel engine utilizes several new features to maximize fuel economy and performance. Overall, the new engine increases fuel economy by 13 percent over the 2.2-liter TDCi engine it will be replacing.
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Several design changes have been made that have led to this increase in fuel economy. A new 10-mm offset crank helps minimize piston load. This leads to a reduction in the amount of rubbing the pistons do against the cylinder walls of the EcoBlue’s engine block. The engine also utilizes a new compact turbocharger. Ford has built a reputation on turbocharging smaller engines in order to find the perfect balance between power and fuel economy, and the EcoBlue is no different.
The EcoBlue engine will be available first in Europe, but Ford has stated that the engine will meet durability standards for all global markets, including the United States. If the engine proves to be a success, there is no reason not to think it will find its way into American Ford models.
The current Ford lineup offers several great models equipped with turbocharged engines that produce excellent power and fuel economy ratings. To learn more, take a look at our selection at Brandon Ford, or come on in for a test drive.