Ford powers up with new EcoBlue diesel engine27 April 2016

Ford has unveiled its new diesel engine, called EcoBlue, at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham (NEC; 26-28 April), promising improved fuel efficiency and quieter, cleaner operation.

Following on from its EcoBoost petrol engines, the EcoBlue diesel variants will power Ford cars and commercial vehicles with power outputs from 100 to 240bhp.

The 2-litre EcoBlue engine will initially be offered with 105, 130 and 170bhp in commercial vehicle applications. Capable of delivering more than 200bhp, Ford says the engine will later feature in passenger cars alongside more new EcoBlue variants – including a 1.5-litre option.

Reduced friction and features such as an off-set crank, belt-in-oil and Ford’s first use of modular camshafts all contribute, says the manufacturer, to a 13% improvement in fuel efficiency.

It also delivers up to 20% more low-end torque, thanks to a mirror-image inlet manifold and low-intertia turbocharger.

Other features include a reduction of engine noise at idle by 4dB and reduced NOx emissions thanks to standard selective catalytic reduction after-treatment.

The four-cylinder 2-litre Ford EcoBlue debuts in the new Transit and Transit Custom vans – also unveiled at the CV Show this week.

It promises 13% better fuel efficiency compared with the outgoing 2.2-litre TDCi engine, and CO2 emissions from 157g/km.

Theengine delivers up to two-year/37,000 miles variable service intervals on both the Transit and Transit Custom.

The range also features new driver assistance technology such as side wind stabilisation and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection.

Currently offered with a manual gearbox, a six-speed automatic gearbox will be available later this year, as will a rear air suspension option on the Transit Custom Kombi.

Laura Cork

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