The 2011 Ford Mondeo will become Ford Australia’s first vehicle to be powered by an EcoBoost engine when the 2.0-litre GTDi unit arrives in local showrooms mid-year.
The move from Ford Australia to introduce the Mondeo EcoBoost means it will be available a few months before the Falcon EcoBoost, which is due in the fourth quarter of 2011.
The early introduction of the Mondeo EcoBoost will provide us with an indication of the price premium to expect from the Falcon EcoBoost.
The 2.0-litre all-aluminium petrol engine incorporates direct injection, turbocharging and twin independent variable camshaft timing (TiVCT).
Produced at Ford’s Valencia Engine Plant in Spain, the engine has been available in the Mondeo in Europe since April 2010, but Ford Australia decided to hold off on the engine to avoid the Mondeo EcoBoost cannibalising future Falcon EcoBoost sales. The engine is also available in the Ford S-MAX and Galaxy people-mover models in Europe.
The 2.0 GTDi has a maximum power output of 149kW at 6000rpm and produces 300Nm of torque between 1750rpm and 4500rpm.
Teamed with a six-speed Powershift dual-clutch automatic transmission, the Mondeo EcoBoost uses 8.0 litres/100km of premium unleaded fuel on the combined cycle and emits 187g/km CO2.
Compared with the existing 2.3-litre petrol, the EcoBoost produces an additional 31kW of power and 92Nm of torque. Despite this, combined cycle fuel consumption is down 1.5 litres/100km and CO2 emissions are cut 40g/km.
The 2.0-litre TDCi produces 120kW and 340Nm, uses 6.2 litres/100km combined and emits 165g/km CO2, still making it the most frugal option for fuel watchers.
The EcoBoost engine will be available in only the Zetec and Titanium hatch models when it goes on sale in Australia. The 2.3-litre Duratec petrol engine will continue to be available in LX hatch and wagon variants from that time. The 2.0-litre TDCi diesel will continue to be available across the range.
Ford Australia’s Justin Lacy confirmed the EcoBoost engine would not be available in the Mondeo wagon range. He said the decision was made because the majority of Mondeo wagon customers preferred to team the larger vehicle with the diesel engine.
Mr Lacy also confirmed a lack of demand meant Ford would no longer offer a petrol-powered variant of the Mondeo Zetec wagon. This model will be discontinued when the new engine is launched.
Ford Australia has confirmed a more powerful version of the 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine will be implemented into the Falcon range later this year. The Falcon is expected to get the tune of the engine already seen in the Ford Explorer and Edge SUVs in the US, which produces 177kW of power and 339Nm of torque.
Ford Australia President and CEO, Bob Graziano, said the rollout of EcoBoost engines in Australia was a part of Ford Motor Co.’s global plan to sell 1.5 million EcoBoost engines by 2013.
“We believe that these engines will provide customers with a genuinely attractive alternative to diesel or hybrid power units, delivering highly competitive fuel economy and cost-of-ownership, along with the responsive performance and wide rev range that have made petrol engines the favoured choice for so many drivers,” Mr Graziano said.
He said the Mondeo would play an important role in introducing EcoBoost technology to Australian buyers and would continue to help change the way people think about the Ford brand.
Specific launch and pricing details of the 2011 Ford Mondeo EcoBoost will be revealed closer to its mid-year introduction.