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Ford Adds 2.0-liter EcoBoost to Edge, Explorer

Fuel economy jumps as high as 30 mpg.

by on Aug.29, 2011

Ford adds the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine to the 2012 Explorer line-up.

Domestic makers often get slammed for the poor fuel economy of their sport-utility vehicles and crossovers, but Ford hopes to win kudos – and new buyers – as it expands the use of its new EcoBoost powertrains, a new 2.0-liter version of its high-mileage engine going under the hood of its most popular SUV and CUV offerings for 2012.

The promise of Ford’s EcoBoost system is that through the use of turbocharging, direct-injection, and other technologies, smaller-displacement engines with reduced cylinder counts can make as much power as their bigger counterparts while improving fuel-economy. Ford has already applied the EcoBoost concept across much of its lineup, and the latest application is in the 2012 Ford Edge and 2012 Ford Explorer.

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Both models are now available with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder direct-injection engine that makes 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Available only in front-wheel drive models, the engine promises 28 highway mpg in the seven-seat Explorer and 30 mpg in the Edge – while still delivering 2,000 pounds of towing capability.

Ford says the Edge is 80 pounds lighter and the Explorer 50 pounds lighter with these engines under hood, but neither the Edge nor Explorer is known for being light on its feet. Still, during our brief drive of each vehicle, we could tell the difference from the larger V-6 (V-6s, with the Edge).

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First Look: 2011 Ford Edge

Significant update coming for best-selling CUV, including first 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

by on Feb.10, 2010

Ford aims to maintain control of the crossover segment with its new 2011 Edge.

With the 2007 launch of the Edge, Ford belatedly entered the critical midsize crossover segment, a move all the more important as the once-powerful Ford Explorer was rapidly fading in demand.  It proved a successful foray, with Edge now the best-seller in its class.

So, launching an all-new model carries a fair share of risk, and all eyes will be on the 2011 Ford Edge, when the automaker pulls the covers off today at the annual Chicago Auto Show.  Though this isn’t a complete, top-to-bottom remake, Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s global product development chief nonetheless describes the ’11 Edge as a “significant” update, and there’s no question the automaker is addressing a wide range of issues, particularly those critics have pointed to since the crossover’s debut.

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The headline news is the debut of the first four-cylinder application of Ford’s new EcoBoost engine.  The original Edge offered but a single powertrain option.  With the 2011 Ford Edge, buyers will get three engine choices, including an upgraded 3.5-liter V6, now using Ti-VCT technology to boost performance and fuel economy, now 27 mpg Highway; a new 3.7-liter V6 with Ti-VCT for the Edge Sport, making 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque; and the 2.0-liter EcoBoost.   (more…)