EcoBoost Goes Over to Edge

The stylish Edge crossover is the latest Ford vehicle to get the EcoBoost treatment.? It?s also the first of the Fords to get the new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which is now certified by the EPA to deliver 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

At 30 mpg on the highway, the Edge beats all SUVs its size or larger and many cars. The only competitive utilities offering higher highway fuel economy than Edge with EcoBoost are a few smaller-size vehicles such as the Ford Escape Hybrid.?

?Fuel efficiency is important to our customers,? said Amy Marentic, group marketing manager, Large Cars and Crossovers. ?Adding the EcoBoost engine to the new Ford Edge crossover makes for 13 vehicles delivering 30 mpg or more in the Ford showroom.?

The engine combines gasoline direct injection and turbocharging with smaller overall displacement to achieve the higher fuel economy ratings. It addition to better fuel economy, the engine delivers the power of a normally aspirated V-6.? The four-cylinder engine produces 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque.

Efficiency is further enhanced by using a low-friction 5W-GF5 motor oil, a variable-displacement air conditioning compressor and a unique six-speed automatic transmission optimized for fuel efficiency through employment of active transmission warm-up to help reduce internal friction as the powertrain approaches normal operating temperature.

Ford says EcoBoost has been successful at attracting new, more upscale customers to the Ford showroom. More than half of all Taurus SHO buyers are new to the Ford brand, and more than 62 percent of Flex with EcoBoost buyers had not previously considered a Ford product. ?

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