Joel Helmes looks under the bonnet of the new four cylinder Falcon…
I never thought I would see the day when the big Falcon had an engine with less than six cylinders, but that day has now come.
Ford has released the details of the new Falcon engine option – it’s called EcoBoost, a 2.0 litre, all alloy, turbo four cylinder engine that delivers 179kW and 353Nm.
Those figures are extremely impressive.
What’s even more impressive is that Ford claims that even in the big Falcon it will use only a combined 8.1 litres per 100.
I must admit I have always had a preference for Falcons over Commodores however it has always seemed that Holden has lead the way, innovations like independent rear suspension were often on Commodore’s years before Falcon’s.
But I think Ford has got a big jump on their arch rivals here.
The most efficient Commodore, the LPG powered V6 chews through a stated combined 11.8 litres per 100.
Australian motorists, in fact motorists everywhere are looking for models that use less fuel and it looks like Ford has delivered.
Ford Australia President & CEO Bob Graziano says he’s confident the new turbo four option will put the Falcon back in the sales race.
“Our goal has been to find the sweet spot for Australian consumers – to give them the fuel efficiency they need, combined with the power they want.”
“The Falcon EcoBoost is also a welcome addition to our widely respected family of Ford Falcon engines – the normally aspirated and turbocharged in-line six cylinder as well as the liquid-phase injection EcoLPi engine.”
The EcoBoost engine will be available on Falcon XT, G6 and G6E at no additional cost.
Let us know what you think, will it be a sales success?
Or are Australians too rusted on to the bigger engines in Commodore’s and Falcon’s?
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