The first EcoBoost engine to hit Ford's lineup will be powered in part by a Honeywell turbocharger. Lincoln's 2010 MKS (2009 model pictured) will feature a 3.5L V6 that is the first application of Ford's efficiency-enhancing downsizing EcoBoost strategy.

Honeywell was chosen for its status as a leading turbocharger manufacturer, with more than 9 million units produced annually. The solution used in the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 for Ford will help push output to more than 340lb-ft (541Nm) of torque throughout the 2,000 to 5,000rpm range. Power output could range as high as 400hp (300kW) - figures that match even modern naturally-aspirated V8s for output.

Ford's need for a line of more efficient yet still powerful engines to drive its midsize and larger vehicles into the future is pressing as sales drop and the company's financial situation tightens. The EcoBoost line of engines promises to offer a perfect solution, but only time will tell if the applications are successful in the marketplace.

Yesterday, General Motors announced Eaton would supply its superchargers for the Volt and other small engines.