Ford Falcon XT EcoBoost 2012 Review

November 1st, 2012 by Darren Cottingham

To some people, saying Falcon and four-cylinder turbo in the same sentence would make their lip curl. Until now you could only have your Ford with six or eight cylinders (well, only eight in an FPV), not four plus a hair dryer.

After all, the Falcon is a big car; it’s a car that’s had a six or eight for a reason. To top it off, they’ve given it a green-sounding name – EcoBoost – that, for sure, means it’s going to accelerate like a kitten pulling a Continue reading “Ford Falcon XT EcoBoost 2012 Review” »

2013 Ford Escape to receive four-cylinder engines only

October 7th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The upcoming 2013 Ford Escape is set for its official reveal at next month’s Los Angeles Auto Show, but details on engine options have already leaked out. According to unconfirmed reports the next Escape will be fitted with three four-cylinder engine options for global markets and two of those engines will use turbocharging.

The base model Escape will be fitted with the 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine already working in the current model Escape but its the two new EcoBoost motors that will be of more interest. The turbocharged 1.6-litre unit is already making waves in Europe and will motivate the mid-spec Escape. This fuel-efficient mill outputs around 135kW of power. Continue reading “2013 Ford Escape to receive four-cylinder engines only” »

Ford drops details and photos of Falcon FG MkII

September 16th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Ford has revealed the first photos and details of its upcoming FG Falcon MkII range this week ahead of it reaching NZ showrooms late this year.

The updated Falcon brings new technologies, an enhanced safety package, new exterior design appointments  and the first global application of EcoBoost engine technology in a rear-wheel drive vehicle. It also heralds in the debut of Ford’s global 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ecoboost petrol engine which will be offered in the FG Falcon from next year.

The MkII Falcon will showcase some of Ford’s latest tech like a new 8.0-inch colour touch screen and integrated audio, phone and navigation functions and a more comprehensive occupant protection package.

“The improvements made to the award-winning Falcon range with the introduction of FG Falcon MkII have made a great car even better,” Ford New Zealand Marketing Manager, Chris Masterson said. “FG Falcon MkII builds on the success of the FG Falcon program, as well as the recently released new Territory range, by offering New Zealanders more equipment and the latest technology innovations, while continuing to deliver outstanding performance, fuel efficiency, refinement and safety.” Continue reading “Ford drops details and photos of Falcon FG MkII” »

Ford to produce smallest ever engine – 1.0-litre three cylinder

June 3rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Ford wasn’t the quickest carmaker at seeing the benefits of turbocharging in developing smaller, more fuel efficient engines. But once it did, Ford is now full steam ahead with a wide range of force-fed petrol powerplants. But the American carmaker isn’t stopping there, now it’s developing its smallest production engine ever and its first three-cylinder offering.

Designed by the engineering team at Ford UK’s Dunton Technical Centre, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine will apparently deliver similar performance to a larger four-cylinder unit but with much higher fuel economy. The new engine will use all the EcoBoost technologies found in other motors, such as turbocharging, direct injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT).

No specific output figures have been released yet, but according to Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development, said the new three-cylinder unit “will deliver horsepower and torque outputs equivalent to or better than most normally aspirated 1.6-liter gasoline engines”.

Once completed the super small engine will find applications in a variety of Ford’s products and will be sold in many markets. The new Ford Ka and Fiesta will be among the first models to use the new engine. Continue reading “Ford to produce smallest ever engine – 1.0-litre three cylinder” »

Ford unveils facelifted 2011 Mondeo with more powerful engines

June 28th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Ford in Europe has released the first official photos of the refreshed 2011 Mondeo, along with some details on the mechanical updates. This unveiling precedes the official public premiere at the 2010 Moscow Auto Show at the end of August.

All three Mondeo body shapes receive a subtle redesign with new engines and more equipment. In terms of visual changes the only major change is a reshaped front fascia with a larger trapezoidal lower grille similar to the Fiesta and the upcoming 2012 Focus, as well as refreshed headlights with LED daytime running lights. At the rear, the tail lights also include LED technology and all body styles get a new rear deck lid.

No photos of the interior have been released yet but Ford says that there’s a new “flow-through” centre console design, revised door treatment featuring flush and integrated door release handles, a different central overhead console with ambient lighting and higher grade trim materials.

New interior features include a a new satellite navigation system and a Premium Sound System option which incorporates a 265-watt, eight-channel amplifier unit.

Continue reading “Ford unveils facelifted 2011 Mondeo with more powerful engines” »

Ford Start Concept unveiled with 3-cylinder powerplant

April 23rd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Ford has used the Beijing Auto Show to officially unveil its new Start Concept vehicle which represents the company’s first concept in more than three years. Ford has already gone on record saying that the Start Concept is much more than just a design study.

The new minicar has been designed to cater to the recent global trend for ultra-compact cars to navigate dense urban environments. It features an ambitious design, that includes laser-cut LED lights and two sets of running lamps. The Start Concept also comes with the latest connectivity technology.

Power comes from a 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost engine. Ford claims this engine will offers the power comparable to a larger in-line four-cylinder engine.

The Ford Start Concept uses turbocharging and a clever spark-ignited, direct-injection fuel management system allowing it CO2 emissions below the 100 g/km level. The engine of the Start Concept is mates to a six-speed manual transmission.

The Ford Start Concept features MyFord Mobile concept technology connectivity that restricts certain functions, such as texting, while driving. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning, engine diagnostics and passenger airbag on/off function of the Ford Start Concept can all be adjusted while driving through voice activation.

The Start Concept body is made of lightweight composite panels on an aluminum structure with a hybrid aluminum, high-strength steel body construction which includes a lightweight aluminum safety cell.

The concept car was designed by Ford’s Strategic Concepts Group Studios, based in Irvine, California.

Check back as we bring you updates on more vehicles from the Beijing Auto Show.

Ford working on Fiesta ST Turbo

March 23rd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Recent web reports have performance Ford fans buzzing with rumours of the 2011 Ford Fiesta ST Turbo being back on the cards. While Ford have confirmed nothing at this stage, speculation is rife. Those in the know believe that Ford will likely use its 1.6 litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine in the hot Fiesta that develops around 126 kW. Some of the more optimistic sources even believe the 2011 Ford Fiesta ST Turbo could receive a 2.0-litre turbo engine developing around 185kW, which would make it a very hot hatch. It seems most likely that power output will fall somewhere between these two figures.

Apparently spy photographers managed to catch the 2011 Ford Fiesta ST Turbo during testing and in the images the Fiesta ST Turbo will have a special rear diffuser and a two-pipe exhaust system. It will also be fitted with an intercooler and larger 17-inch rims.

Check back as we bring you more info on the Fiesta ST Turbo as it comes to hand.

Ford confirms high-performance variant of new Focus

March 2nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

At a pre-show event leading up to the Geneva Motor Show, Ford has confirmed the development of a high-performance version of its new Focus that will be powered by one of its 4-cylinder EcoBoost engines. The new motors features both turbocharging and direct-injection and are to be offered in all Ford’s markets globally.

Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president of Product development had this to say “We want to reassure enthusiasts of Focus performance models that we have a plan for them as well.”

“Our commitment is to deliver an exciting performance model of the new Focus on a global basis and using a version of our advanced new Ford EcoBoost petrol direct-injection turbo engine. We’re not ready to reveal more details yet, but we recognise how important this model will be in the Focus line-up, particularly for customers in Europe.”

What’s happening right now is that Ford’s 4-cylinder EcoBoost range consists of a 1.6-litre unit with 135kW and a 2.0-litre engine with over 150kW. In Europe, both the current Focus ST (Xr5 Turbo) and RS (pictured) are motivated by older Duratec 2.5-litre turbocharged inline-five cylinder engines with 168kW and 227kW for the RS.

Smart money is on the new hot-hatch Focus using a power-increased version of the larger 2.0-litre EcoBoost and should produce over 185kW.

Ford didn’t specify if the hot Focus would wear the ST, RS or perhaps a different badge altogether, but it did say that the car will be available within the next two years.

Will it come down to NZ? We can only hope at this stage, but we never got to see the current model Focus RS here and had to make do with the watered down XR5 Turbo, so fingers crossed.

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