Ford has revealed the first new Ford EcoBlue advanced diesel engine that will offer optimised fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 and NOX emissions for customers, using what it describes as sophisticated technologies and innovative design.
Building on the industry-leading performance and technology of Ford’s award-winning EcoBoost petrol engines, Ford’s range of EcoBlue diesel engines will power the company’s future passenger cars and commercial vehicles with power outputs ranging from 100PS to 240PS.
The four-cylinder 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue debuts in the new Transit and Transit Custom commercial vehicles, delivering what it claims is an unrivalled package of fuel efficiency, performance and refinement.
Ford also says that drivability is enhanced with 20 per cent more torque at 1,250rpm compared with the outgoing equivalent power 2.2-litre TDCi diesel engine, helping commercial vehicle drivers effortlessly tackle challenging everyday driving scenarios such as creeping in traffic, or overtaking slower-moving vehicles.
The new engine also promises to deliver passenger car refinement to the commercial segment, reducing radiated noise by four decibels at idle.
“Ford’s EcoBoost created a new standard for petrol engines – smaller, more efficient with surprising performance. That same obsession to innovate for the customer is behind our new Ford EcoBlue diesel engine range,” said Jim Farley, chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe. “This new engine lifts fuel efficiency and reduces CO2 by over 10 per cent in Transit, part of Europe’s best-selling commercial vehicle line-up, lowering costs for our customers.”
A new engine architecture delivers reduced friction and a clean-burning combustion system. Sophisticated after-treatment processes for exhaust gasses enable ultra-low emissions in line with stringent Euro Stage VI standards that will be introduced in September 2016, requiring a 55 per cent reduction in NOX emissions compared to Euro Stage V standards.
Advanced technologies include an integrated intake system with Ford’s first application of mirror-image porting for optimised engine breathing; a low-inertia turbocharger featuring rocket engine materials designed for high temperature applications; and an all-new high-pressure fuel injection system that is more responsive, quieter and offers more precise fuel delivery.
Ford says its versatile new 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue engine initially will be offered with 105PS, 130PS and 170PS in commercial vehicle applications. Capable of delivering more than 200PS, the engine will later feature in Ford passenger cars alongside further new EcoBlue engines – including a 1.5 litre variant.