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Also aiding engine breathing is Ford’s advanced Ti-VCT. This technology allows precise, variable timing control of both the intake and exhaust camshafts, which control the valve opening and closing events.

Ti-VCT technology also helps further broaden the EcoBoost torque curve. Because the Ti-VCT strategy allows the intake valve to be advanced, instant power is delivered when the customer demands it at low speeds. At high speeds, the intake cam is retarded and higher airflow is available, which results in approximately a 10 percent power improvement over non-VCT engines.

The ability to vary the overlap between the intake and exhaust valves also leads to better fuel economy - approximately a 3 to 4 percent improvement from this strategy alone compared with non-VCT engines.

Since being introduced in 2009 on four vehicles - Ford Taurus SHO (standard) and Lincoln MKS full-size sedans and Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT crossovers - EcoBoost engines have been embraced by customers.

The addition of a four-cylinder EcoBoost to Ford’s lineup is a strong answer to consumer demand for engines of this size. Approximately one-third of Ford’s U.S. engine volume is four-cylinder, as customers focus more on fuel economy and lower emissions. EcoBoost engines help deliver performance on both fronts, cutting CO2 emissions by up to 15 percent compared with larger-displacement engines with similar power.

The 2.0-liter EcoBoost is the first engine in the EcoBoost lineup to go truly global. Ford S-MAX and Galaxy, two people-moving products on sale in Europe, also were announced with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost option. In addition, the same engine will join the powertrain lineup for the Ford Falcon on sale in Australia.