When Ford announced that they would be creating a more environmentally friendly V-6, to replace their V-8 “Coyote” engine, I was skeptical. Who am I kidding? I was outraged. “No granola munching hippie is gonna mess with my Ford!” I screamed at the television. But boy oh boy, was I ever wrong. Turns out the initial EcoBoost was an absolute beast of an engine, performing like one of its much bigger counterparts, only with better gas mileage and less impact on the environment. Now, it takes a big man to admit when he was wrong, but it takes an even bigger man to gloss over his mistakes and tell you about Ford’s new, second generation EcoBoost engine. So, ignoring everything I said before, here is Team Ford’s introduction to the second generation EcoBoost engine.
Ford’s EcoBoost engine worked (and worked really well) by combining direct fuel injection and a turbocharger, to improve fuel economy without losing any of the power that makes a Ford a Ford. It starts with skipping the intake tract found in most engines, and going with direct fuel injection. In this method, the combustion chamber is sprayed with a fine mist of fuel which wastes less fuel and maximizes power. As this step improves the economy of the engine, we get the Eco portion of EcoBoost. The other half of that equation is the turbocharging, which is done by a device called a turbocharger (how shocking!), that forces a greater amount of air than normal into the engine; as well, there is a turbine that takes engine exhaust and recycles it back into the combustion chambers generating instantaneous power. Turbocharging is also sometimes referred to as boost. So there you have it.
“Eco + Boost = EcoBoost”
So know that you know how well the original EcoBoost worked, you’re wondering how they could possibly improve it for the second generation EcoBoost engine. Well, they didn’t just stop at sliced bread did they? They shot for the stars and ended up with Wonder Bread. In addition to having a lighter and stronger valvetrain than the prior version, the second generation EcoBoost engine has a dual injection system that switches between port injection (for better emissions) and direct injection (for better fuel economy and more power). This means when looking at the top of the lineup 3.5L engine, an increase in horsepower as well as an increase in torque — an additional 50 lb-ft more for a staggering 470 lb-ft of torque, which places it firmly as the best in its segment. Factor in Ford’s spectacularly efficient Auto Stop-Start, standard on all Ford trucks starting in 2017, as well Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission, and you’ve got a vehicle with the smooth operation and power you’ve come to expect from Ford (and the type of minimal emissions to keep the tree-huggers happy).
Ford’s second generation EcoBoost engine is the type of forward thinking, environmentally conscious innovation one expects from the company with several best-in-segment vehicles. You don’t get to the top of the mountain without working your butt off. Thankfully, with Ford’s second generation EcoBoost engine, you’ll have the torque to get to there with ease, without the emissions to show for it. And you’ll be able to look down on all those patchouli-scented hippies from the top. So come by Team Ford today and give yourself a ‘Boost.