Ford recently announced production of three new EcoBoost motors, including the 2.0 liter four cylinder variant destined for the 2011 Ford Explorer. By using a combination of direct injection, variable valve timing and turbocharging, Ford is able to squeeze a surprising amount of both power and fuel economy from EcoBoost motors. Final specs on the production 2.0 liter four for the 2011 Ford Explorer haven’t been released, but expect the motor to produce 230 horsepower and 240 ft-lbs of torque. That’s on par with the outgoing 4.0 liter V6, which produced 210 horsepower and 254 ft-lbs of torque.
The 2011 Ford Explorer is the company’s first with a four cylinder motor, and it will feature unibody construction instead of body-on-frame construction when it’s launched later this year. Fuel economy ratings have yet to be published, but expect a significant increase from the outgoing Explorer v6’s EPA rating of 14mpg city, 20 mpg highway.