Ford has announced that the Ecoboost engine will make its debut in Malaysia by mid year 2011. Since we’ve just entered into June, the launch should be just around the corner! The two vehicles that will be powered by this new generation turbo engine are the S-Max MPV and the facelifted Mondeo sedan, which will come in top Titanium spec.

Like the modern petrol engines found in other Continental makes such as Volkswagen and Peugeot, Ford’s Ecoboost engines combine a (single) turbocharger with direct fuel injection for better power, torque and fuel economy. It also features Ti-VCT (Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing). Compared to non Ecoboost engines, fuel efficiency is improved by up to 20%, while emissions are down by 15%.

The version that will debut in the Mondeo and S-Max is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit. It’s likely to have 203 PS and 300 Nm of torque, if we get what Singapore gets. Partnering it will be Ford’s wet clutch 6-speed Powershift transmission, which is a dual-clutch gearbox also found in the Focus TDCI.

Launched here in late 2009, the Mondeo is a D-segment sedan (hatchback not available here) that’s an alternative to Japanese favourites such as the Camry, Accord and Teana. The refreshed car features a new front end and a much longer equipment list.

Meanwhile, platform-mate S-Max is a sporty looking MPV with three rows of seats (second and third rows fold flat into the floor) that’s about the size of a Mitsubishi Grandis. Launched in 2006 as the first Ford to feature Kinetic Design, it was facelifted last year.

We’ve driven both the current 2.3L Duratec powered Mondeo AND the facelifted Mondeo Titanium with Ecoboost. Click here for the review of the current car and here for a preview of the upcoming car. You can also check out Ford’s new microsite for Ecoboost at www.ecoboost.com.my.