The brand name TwinForce has been dropped for a new name called EcoBoost, which encompasses a far wider range of engines than just the twin turbocharged V6 we knew as the TwinForce. (click image to enlarge)
The EcoBoost family includes inline-4 and V6 engines. It uses a combination of direct injection and turbocharging to improve fuel efficiency. Ford group vice president of Global Product Development says customers can expect to recoup their initial investment in a 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine through fuel savings in approximately 30 months. A diesel will take an average of seven and one-half years, while the cost of a hybrid will take nearly 12 years to recoup. This is based on costs in the US.
The first EcoBoost product will be introduced in the Lincoln MKS, and this will be the 3.5 litre twin turbocharged V6 unveiled earlier. The force inducted V6 produces the same amount of power as a V8 engine, but it has a much nicer torque curve – 461Nm of torque from 2,000rpm to 5,000rpm, compared to a normally aspirated 4.6 litre V8 that only makes between 366Nm to 420Nm over the same rev range.
Ford picked the EcoBoost brand over TwinForce because the primary use of the technology is for fuel economy and emissions. It was worried consumers would associate the brand TwinForce with power instead.
Watch an animation of the EcoBoost turbocharger after the jump.
Ford’s new TwinForce engines to debut in Lincoln MKS
Video: Ford’s turbocharged direct injection EcoBoost