Ford has just revealed info about its new 2.0-litre diesel engine, that promises to be “cleaner, more fuel efficient, more powerful and torquier” that the 2.2 TDCi version.
Amid tense times like these, when the diesel technology is under a lot scrutiny, Ford has decided to bring upfront a new diesel line-up, namely the EcoBlue one. Pushed by the success of the EcoBoost range, the automaker believes that the newer unit is a “game changer” in the segment.
“Ford’s EcoBoost created a new standard for petrol engines – smaller, more efficient, with surprising performance. That same obsession to innovate for the customer is behind our new Ford EcoBlue diesel engine range,” Jim Farley, chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe, said. “This new engine lifts fuel efficiency and reduces CO2 by over 10 percent in Transit, part of Europe’s best-selling commercial vehicle line-up, lowering costs for our customers.”
But what exactly is EcoBlue? Developed by Ford engineering teams in the UK and Germany, the new four-cylinder 2.0-litre EcoBlue is complying with Euro 6 standards and is capable of offering power outputs ranging from 100 PS to 240 PS. It will initially be available in 105 PS, 130 PS and 170 PS versions on the Transit and Transit Custom vans, for Ford to later bring a smaller 1.5-litre alternative and to fit the EcoBlue in brand’s passenger cars as well.
The 2.0-liter diesel delivers 20 percent more torque, up to 340 Nm, at 1,250 rpm compared to the 2.2 TDCi and it is 13 percent more fuel efficient thanks to the implementation of some new technologies such as: a 10 mm offset crank design that minimises piston side-load, reducing rubbing forces against the cylinder walls of the downsized four-cylinder iron block; minimised crankshaft bearing diameters; a belt-in-oil design for the camshaft and oil pump drive belts; or an optimised valve-train and an all-new single-piece camshaft module.
“Our first ever mirror-image inlet design in combination with an optimised combustion chamber layout helps us turn fuel into energy more effectively than any diesel engine we’ve ever produced,” Werner Willems, Ford technical specialist, Combustion Systems, said.