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Ford EcoBoost: What is it and How Does it Work?

By Motor Match • 13/03/2023

Ford is one of the most popular car brands in the UK, and has always been able to deliver products and technology that brings real benefits to customers. One example is Ford’s EcoBoost engines that has been used in millions of Ford models but what is it and how does it work?

Ford remains one of the most popular car firms in the UK, and part of its appeal has always been its ability to innovate and deliver products and technology that brings real benefits to customers.

One of these in recent years has been Ford’s EcoBoost engine, which was first introduced in 2010, and has been used in millions of Ford models, from compact hatchbacks to large SUVs.

But what is Ford EcoBoost, and how does it work? Let’s take a look.

What is Ford EcoBoost?

Ford EcoBoost was the American brand’s new-generation of engines, which made their debut in 2009 and were fully introduced a year later.

First used with 1.6- and 2.0-litre capacities in models like the Mondeo, Ford really hit the jackpot with its 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, which offered significant performance from such a tiny engine, and was even recognised as International Engine of the Year.

Ford EcoBoost car badge on red car
Ford EcoBoost Car badge

How does Ford EcoBoost work?

Ford created a new combustion system for its EcoBoost engine, which combines together three different elements: high-pressure direct fuel injection, advanced turbocharging and twin independent valve timing.

It works by a precise, highly-pressured amount of fuel being injected directly into the combustion engine chamber, with the turbocharger then using exhaust gas (which are usually wasted) to push more compressed air into the engine and give a big boost of power.

What are the benefits of Ford EcoBoost?

There are three main benefits of Ford’s EcoBoost engine. The first is efficiency, as the small, controlled amount of fuel injected cuts down the usage of petrol, with noticeable improvements in fuel economy and reductions in CO2.

The ‘boost’ is also a key factor, with these engines offering strong low-end torque and plenty of pull. Ford’s been able to get as much as 153bhp from its 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, which is a truly astonishing figure considering the capacity.

Ford EcoBoost car engine
Ford EcoBoost car driving away

What cars does Ford EcoBoost feature in?

Ford’s EcoBoost engines have been widely used for more than a decade now, and have featured in virtually all its combustion-powered models.

Today, you can find EcoBoost petrol engines in Ford’s best-selling Fiesta, Focus and Puma, with all of these cars also featuring a mild-hybrid system that maximises performance and efficiency further.

You’ll also find it across Ford’s SUV range, including the well-priced Ecosport and family-focused Kuga.

What does the future for Ford EcoBoost hold?

Ford has already evolved its EcoBoost engines, downsizing them and also pairing it with an electrified 48-volt mild-hybrid system.

We expect Ford to go a step further as the brand looks to expand electrification further across its line-up, and reckon a full-hybrid EcoBoost engine may be evolved in the future.

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