Ford will be introducing nine new or upgraded engines and six new transmissions in North America over the course of the year, the latest phase of a five-year effort to overhaul its entire global powertrain portfolio. The new powertrain pieces will be on show at this week’s 2010 Detroit Auto Show and will be making their way across model lines such as the Fiesta, Mustang, Super Duty and F-150, as well as the all-new global Focus.
The powertrain push began in 2008 and continues through 2013 and includes the launch of 60 new or significantly upgraded engines, transmissions and transaxles globally over the five year period.
One of the most exciting is the 2012 Ford Focus’ all-new naturally aspirated 2.0-liter direct fuel injection four-cylinder engine, the first of its kind in a Ford vehicle in North America.
Other units include a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and PowerShift dual clutch transmission in the 2011 Fiesta compact, which will help it deliver an estimated 40 mpg on the highway, topping both Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris.
The Mustang and Mustang GT also get new engines, coming into the 2011 model year with 305-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 and 412-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 powertrains respectively. Additionally, both versions of the Mustang get all new fuel-saving manual and automatic six-speed transmissions.
This spring Ford will also introduce its 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel (pictured) in the 2011 Super Duty. Despite boosting performance on the outgoing mill, the new Super Duty diesel and transmission together are 185-pounds lighter than the outgoing powertrain. Ford’s big truck will also get a new 6.2-liter gasoline engine.
Finally, the F-150 will get an EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6, which will is claimed to offer the performance of a V-8 but with 20% less fuel consumption and 15% lower CO2 emissions.
By 2013, Ford plans to offer EcoBoost engines on 90% of its product lineup, which will equate to about 1.3 million vehicles with the fuel-efficient engines globally.