The week-long Ford F-150 EcoBoost Challenge is over and Carlee Mallard of Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina has emerged victorious. Mallard achieved a rather impressive 28.3 miles per gallon (not as spectacular as the 32.281 mpg that CleanMPG averaged back in May) during her week behind the wheel of the F-150. Additionally, Mallard rounded up 56 volunteers for her community service event, which included collecting donations for the Raleigh YWCA for distribution to families affected by Hurricane Irene.
For Mallard’s efforts, she’ll receive a year’s supply of free Shell gasoline (oh, the irony) and two Shell stations in Raleigh-Durham will celebrate Mallard’s win by offering free regular-grade gas (up to 15 gallons per vehicle) at two stations on September 9 for two hours and 22 minutes. That’s in recognition of the F-150 EcoBoost’s 22-mpg rating.
The F-150 EcoBoost Challenge had eight Ford truck fans put the F-150 to the test in their own communities in an attempt to average the highest mpg while driving at least 25 miles a day. Additionally, participants created, managed and executed their own community service event. The winning driver was selected through a score that blends average mpg, votes on Ford’s F-150 EcoBoost Challenge Facebook page and how many volunteers participated in their community project.
For 2012, Ford will bolster its EcoBoost commitment by equipping both the Explorer and the Edge with its turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This pint-sized mill boosts the Explorer’s fuel economy rating to “segment-leading” status and pushes the Edge to the 30-mpg mark.
The 2012 EcoBoost-equipped Explorer arrives toting some fairly impressive fuel economy numbers – 20 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg out on the highway. Ford points out that those EPA figures mean that the 240-horsepower Explorer gets a best-in-class highway fuel economy rating. For comparison’s sake, the V6 Explorer, though slightly more powerful (283 hp), gets stickered with lower fuel economy figures of 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.
Similarly, the 2012 Ford Edge, equipped with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine, officially returns 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The EcoBoost engine bumps up the Edge’s fuel economy by three miles per gallon on the highway compared to the 3.5-liter V6-equipped 2011 Edge. For 2012, the EcoBoost engine is available on front-wheel-drive Explorer and Edge models for an extra $995. That should be an appealing price for a lot of buyers. As Amy Marentic, Ford group marketing manager, told Automotive News, “36 percent of customers are purchasing Explorer because of fuel economy. It was only 6 percent back in 2007.”
Banking on EcoBoost is Ford’s commitment. Looking forward, the automaker says EcoBoost engines will be available in 90 percent of its vehicles by the end of 2013.
The 2012 Ford Edge, equipped with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine, officially returns some fairly impressive fuel economy numbers. Now that the Environmental Protection Agency has concluded its formal testing, we can see that earlier reports were spot on and the Edge 2.0 EcoBoost indeed carries an official EPA rating of 21 miles per gallon in the city and 30 mpg out on the open highway. The EcoBoost engine bumps up the Edge’s fuel economy by three miles per gallon on the highway compared to the 3.5-liter V6-equipped 2011 Edge.
Ford says the turbocharged 2.0-liter will churn out 240 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque when tucked into the Edge. That’s 45 horsepower fewer than the 3.5-liter V6. However, the EcoBoost engine does manage to crank out an extra 22 pound-feet of torque. In addition, Ford says the 2012 Edge with EcoBoost introduces category-exclusive active grille shutters, which close as vehicle speed increases to improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. Just one little way to get a crossover to that 30-mpg mark.
Is 30 the new 20? It is when it comes to highway mileage for crossover vehicles. Though the official ratings are not yet on the FuelEconomy.gov website, FordInsideNews is reporting that the pairing of the Ford Edge with the turbocharged Ecoboost 2.0 liter engine will be good for 21 miles per gallon in the city and 30 mpg highway, with a combined rating around 24. This is a 10 percent improvement over the normally aspirated V-6 version. That puts it squarely in the range predicted when we took a quick spin in an Ecoboost-powered Edge last January.
The new engine is expected to produce 230hp, which should be enough to move two tons of CUV with some alacrity. Pricing, availability, and other details are still upcoming.