According to Derrick Kuzak, FoMoCo’s vice president of global product development, the company intends on doubling 4-cylinder engine volume and will offer a 4-cylinder option on each car and crossover by 2013.
“We’re all about the smaller displacement as a way to drive significant fuel economy without sacrificing performance,” said Kuzak in an interview with Automotive News.
Of course, you can expect EcoBoost engine technology to play a big part in this move. EcoBoost improves fuel-economy and fuel-efficiency by combining turbocharged and gasoline direct injection technology while allowing a smaller engine to generate horsepower that is comparable to larger engines displacements.
Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 produces 355-hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, power that is comparable to V8 engines. The 3.5L EcoBoost V6 will make its debut later this summer in the Lincoln MKS, Lincoln MKT, Ford Flex and the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO (in which it will produce 365-hp).
Another Ford official said that by 2013, Ford plans on selling 750,000 EcoBoost engines annually in North America alone. He said that 4-cylinders will account for two thirds of that mix. While Ford won’t confirm the output of the 4-cylinder EcoBoost engines, at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, Ford unveiled the Lincoln Concept C that carried a 1.6L EcoBoost inline 4-cylinder engine that produces 180-hp and 180 lb-ft of torque.
Lincoln Concept C: