Initially announced for the 2015 Lincoln MKC and then the 2015 Mustang, Ford’s new 2.3 liter EcoBoost I4 engine is one powerful, torquey, and fuel-efficient four-pot. And Ford will use it in a wide variety of upcoming vehicles, according to sources familiar with the automaker’s plans.
While we weren’t given specifics, we were told to expect the engine to appear in “already-announced” vehicles and “subsequent midsize and full-size vehicle programs.” Left to interpretation, we take that to mean availability in the following global and regional FoMoCo vehicles:
2015 Lincoln MKC
2015 Ford Mustang
2015 Ford Edge
2015 Lincoln MKX
Possible Ford Fusion performance variant
2015 Lincoln MKZ
2016 Ford Taurus
2016 Lincoln MKS
2016 Ford Explorer
2016 Lincoln MKT (if vehicle line continued)
2015 Ford F-150
Global Ford Ranger/T6
It would seem that Ford will effectively offer the 2.3 liter EcoBoost I4 alongside the 3.7 liter naturally-aspirated Duratec V6, or replace the freely-breathing six with the EcoBoost unit entirely for the sake of fuel efficiency and emissions. And that makes perfect sense, as turbo penetration in the United States and globally continues to increase while the availability of naturally-aspirated engines continues to decrease.
Expect to hear more about Ford’s plans for the 2.3 liter EcoBoost mill over the next several months and throughout 2014.