With the impending arrival of more stringent fuel economy standards in 2016, automakers the world over are working to drastically improve the fuel economy of their sales fleets. This includes Ford, whose strategy of small-displacement turbocharged engines has proven popular with truck and SUV owners so far.
With Ford introducing two new high-volume models, the Fusion and Escape with available EcoBoost engines, the automaker is reportedly ready to triple the production of EcoBoost engines in 2012.
To date over 127,000 EcoBoost engines have been sold in Ford vehicles, a majority of those in the F-150 line. However Ford now offers EcoBoost engines in almost every vehicle in its lineup. The full-size Taurus offers a choice between the 2.0 liter EcoBoost and the 3.5 liter EcoBoost in the Taurus SHO. Both the Ford Flex and Edge offer EcoBoost engines, and will be joined by the Ford Escape this year.
Additionally, Ford’s new Fusion mid-size will offer two EcoBoost engine options between the 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter EcoBoost. And for those looking for more performance, the Focus ST with its 247 horsepower 2.0 liter EcoBoost will also be arriving in dealerships this year. That’s a whole lotta EcoBoost, and if the engine family’s popularity continues to rise, Ford will easily triple production of turbo engines in 2012.
That leaves just two cars, the Mustang and Fiesta, lacking in EcoBoost engine options. But it won’t be long now…