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iDrive: Ford Galaxy Ecoboost

December 8, 2011 by
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The people-carrier of choice for Britain’s minicab drivers and space-savvy families across the land has had a revamp with a new, greener engine.

The huge Galaxy is already a big seller for Ford – London’s largest private hire firm alone runs 1,600 of them, and Mondeo Man across the country has matured and opted for a Galaxy for his budget and space-conscious family.  But does Ford’s MPV make sense with its new frugal EcoBoost petrol engine?

It’s certainly the cheapest option but until now most big MPVs have used  torque-heavy diesel engines. The new 1.6 EcoBoost is certainly economical – on several test runs I got close to its officially reported mpg (not always an easy task). This is thanks to some clever turbo-charging and direct injection, which means Ford can replace a larger engine for one with lower consumption and emissions without, in theory, sacrificing performance. And married to a smooth sixspeed gearbox, the new Galaxy is a capable ride.  When I packed a dog, a few friends and a weekend’sv luggage into its roomy rear for a weekend away it had enough pulling power though, reaching speed and overtaking at times took some aggressive downshifting and forward planning. It’s hard  to imagine the performance won’t suffer with a full-size family on board. Elsewhere, as you would expect from Ford, a company shifting more than 16,000 cars a month, its build quality is excellent and ride silky smooth, with the minimum of road and tyre noise. My test model was a Titanium X, costing nearly £34k with extras including touch-screen  sat-nav, rear parking camera, metallic paint and heated seats. Not cheap even for all that, but Ford points out that most Galaxy buyers tend to splash out on higher-spec model.

1.6-Liter EcoBoost I-4 Debuts in UK Focus – Should it come to the US?

December 3, 2011 by
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Written by: Christian Seabaugh on November 30 2011 12:00 PM

Ford officially introduced the 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4 today under the hood of the new Ford Focus Zetec S. Currently producing 178-hp and available only in the United Kingdom in the Focus Zetec S, the 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4 was recently previewed under the hood of the Fiesta ST Concept.

The EcoBoost 1.6-liter I-4 is intended to make the newly created Ford Focus Zetec S a stopgap hot hatch while Britons wait for the Focus ST to arrive early next year. Under the hood of the Focus Zetec S the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-banger is good for 178-hp, a 0-62 mph time of 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 138 mph. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4 will be available with a five-speed manual and six-speed dual-clutch automatic.

As a Focus ST placeholder, the Focus Zetec S (available initially as a five-door hatch, with a wagon available starting in February) looks the part. The Zetec S gets a “sport styling kit” with unique front and rear spoilers, lower sill extensions, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Backing up the show is a sport suspension with stiffer springs and dampers for sportier handling.

In the U.K., the Focus Zetec S is priced equivalent to the Focus Titanium, which costs $23,495 in the New World. Would an EcoBoost 1.6-liter I-4 be an engine you’d want to see available in Focus in the United States? Should it replace the current naturally-aspirated, direct-injected 2.0? Should it be in addition to it? Will we soon see it under the hood of a U.S.-spec Fiesta ST? Should Ford follow GM and Mazda’s lead with a U.S. diesel offering for 2013? Let us know in the comments below.

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2013 Ford Escape: A smarter utility vehicle

November 21, 2011 by
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EBC:  The picture here is actually of a Kuga which is the Escape in some other markets.

 The L.A. Auto Show is underway, which means the world will be introduced to a bevy of new vehicles including the new, more fuel-efficient 2013 Ford Escape. Ford unveiled the new Escape on Wednesday, calling it a Smarter Utility Vehicle, a play on the SUV acronym.

“We call our all-new Ford Escape the ‘Smarter Utility Vehicle’ because it offers the strengths that customers today really value – fuel economy, versatility and new technology that makes driving and living with the vehicle easier and more fun – all wrapped in a sleek, more modern design,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president of Global Product Development. “Ford understands that more people every year are looking at vehicles like Escape, and we want to give them even more reasons to buy.” Source: Ford

Although Ford already manufactures a hybrid Escape, the Detroit-based automaker has decided to offer other, more fuel-efficient Escape options to its customers. The new 2013 Ford Escape will come with an optional 2.0-liter or 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine.

Official EPA ratings are not yet available, but Ford estimates that the new Escapes will be up to five miles per gallon more efficient than today’s model thanks to the EcoBoost technology.

The new engine isn’t the only reason the 2013 Escape will achieve a higher fuel-efficiency rating. The redesigned Escape is 10 percent more aerodynamic than the current model, which also helps boost the miles per gallon rating.

Other features included in the redesigned Escape include active park assist to make parallel parking a breeze, an intelligent 4WD system and a sensor-based Blind Spot Information System. The 2013 Ford Escape will be available at dealerships nationwide next year.

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Ford calls 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine a “hero”

Ford calls 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine a "hero"

Ford says its 1.6-liter EcoBoost delivers the best of both worlds – “performance combined with lower emissions.” We won’t argue against that. No doubt, the 1.6-liter gasser is an impressive mill. Apparently, Ford is so thrilled with the versatility of its tiny four banger that it says 1.3 million of these engines will power at least six of its vehicles within the next three years.

Demand for the 1.6-liter EcoBoost is soaring, according to Ford. That’s why the automaker has announced that its Bridgen Engine Plant in the UK is working at full tilt to pump out the four-cylinder mill.

Despite its relatively small capacity, the 1.6-liter EcoBoost powers the Ford Focus from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 7.9 seconds, while returning near best-in-class fuel efficiency. The 1.6-liter’s impressive performance, combined with its fuel-sipping status, has led Ford to tag the engine a “hero” for the automaker.

2012 Formula Ford brings EcoBoost to open-wheel racing

2012 Formula Ford brings EcoBoost to open-wheel racing

We’re officially grabbing our helmets and ready to go racing. Ford has pulled what must have been an unusually creased sheet off of its 2012 Formula Ford racecar, and while the shape is similar to Formula F racers from years past, it somehow appears altogether modern thanks to angular items like angular air inlets and funky lightweight wheels.

The 2012-spec Formula Ford will power its way into Great Britain’s 2012 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship with 1.6-liter EcoBoost motivation and a sequential six-speed gearbox at the driver’s command. While 158 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque from the production-based engine might not sound like much, the lightweight steel-tube single-seater should have no problem providing thrills for both racer and spectator alike in the many feeder series it will eventually race in. Check it out in our gallery below and learn more about the car in the official press release reprised after the jump.

Ford Fiesta ST Concept is tiny-tough hotness

Ford Fiesta ST Concept is tiny-tough hotness

Meet the Fiesta ST concept – it’s all the goodness of the newly introduced Focus ST, just in a smaller package. It looks just about ready to hit the streets, and that’s a good thing, since
Ford says that it is “seriously looking” at bringing this hot little number to production.

The beating heart under the Fiesta ST’s bonnet is a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, producing somewhere between 175 and 180 horsepower. The concept car uses a six-speed manual transmission and sends power exclusively to the front wheels, and Ford claims that the Fiesta ST is capable of running to 62 miles per hour in under seven seconds.

The big reason why we’re hoping the Fiesta ST gets the go-ahead? Ford says that the car will be a global model, meaning we’ll have two new Ford performance products to sink our teeth into in the United States. We’ve seen plenty of spy shots of the hotted-up Fiesta, so we’re fairly confident that this little darling will see the light of day sometime after the Focus ST goes on sale. The question is, will we get the three-door configuration, or will it spawn a set of rear doors?

We’ll have a slew of live images direct from the Frankfurt Messe in short order. For now, hit the jump to read over Ford’s official press release.

Slick 2012 Formula Ford racer to debut in Frankfurt

Slick 2012 Formula Ford racer to debut in Frankfurt

Ford loves racing, and it’s looking to cultivate new talent with this new 2012 Formula Ford race car. Powered by a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, the steel-tube chassis’d Formula Ford racer is a FIA-certified racecar built to run on tracks all over the world. The engine is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox, which meters out the 158 horses and 162 pound-feet of torque.

This all-new Formula Ford racer represents the latest leap forward for the series, which has entered its 44th year of competition. Formula Ford sees many of its drivers progress to successful careers in the World Rally Championship and Formula One racing. Slated to make its racing debut at the 2012 Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain (*whew!*), the racer will be introduced in a number of series around the globe.

While you’re waiting for our live photos and impressions from the floor of the Frankfurt Motor Show, check it out in our gallery above and full details in the press release after the jump.

Ford Fiesta RS WRC rally car specs released ahead of season debut

We now know exactly what the Abu Dhabi World Rally Team will be packing when they take on this year’sWorld Rally ChampionshipFord has officially let loose a volley of information on the team’s new Fiesta bruiser. Built by M-Sport, the minds responsible for some of the quickest machines on tarmac or off, the rally-spec Fiesta is loosely based off of the same S2000 car that recently took gold at the Monte Carlo Rally in 2010. M-Sport quickly set about reducing weight and strengthening all the components necessary to compete on the global stage.

Under the hood, there’s a steroid-riddled version of the FoMoCo 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. Even with the added burden of lugging around a full-time all-wheel drive system, the machine manages to hit the scales at a fairly feathery 2,645 pounds. A 12:1 steering rack, massive Brembo brakes and an X-Trac six-speed sequential transmission are all standard kit as well.

Look for the new Fiesta to be helmed by the likes of Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala when the racer takes to the rally stages of the WRC later this year.

Ford Vertrek Concept @ 2011 Detroit Auto Show

Edmund’s Insideline does a little video on Ford’s Vertrek Concept.

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Detroit 2011: Ford Vertrek Concept previews future global small crossover

It may look like the strange lovechild of the 2012 Ford Focus and the European-spec Kuga crossover, but the Blue Oval’s new Vertrek crossover concept is indeed a visual upgrade compared to current small CUV offerings. The Vertrek, which makes its world debut here at the Detroit Auto Show, previews what’s in store for Ford’s new global small crossover, set to replace both the Escape here in North America as well as the Kuga abroad.

Powering the Vertrek is Ford’s new 1.6-liter EcoBoost inline four-cylinder engine, and the addition of Auto Start-Stop technology means it will be even more efficient. Ford has said that Auto Start-Stop will quickly spread across the brand’s product portfolio, and since 90 percent of Blue Oval-badged vehicles will have an EcoBoost option by 2013, fuel efficiency is expected to rise quite dramatically across the automaker’s entire lineup. What’s more, Ford will be incorporating regenerative braking into its gasoline-powered vehicles, and this system works with the Vertrek’s turbocharged engine and start-stop system to boost fuel economy even higher.

The Vertrek also builds upon Ford’s Kinetic design language, first seen on the Fiesta hatchback and then carried over to the new Focus sedan and five-door. Sure, the large wheels, small headlamps and futuristic mirrors are purely conceptual design, but Photoshop on some bits from the Focus (with which the Vertrek shares its platform) and a possible production car is indeed in sight. The interior, too, is wholly forward thinking, and while we’d love to see this sort of design on a road-ready crossover, we fully expect a much more toned-down approach.

Live Photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

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