Monday, 20 April 2015

Ford puts 2.7-litre EcoBoost in Taurus

The new Taurus is seen by Ford as a premium sedan for discerning Chinese business customers. Perhaps significantly, it is powered by the new 2.7-litre EcoBoost turbocharged gasoline engine that features in the new aluminium-intensive F-150 pick-up truck.

Ford unveiled the new Ford Taurus in Shanghai alongside the new Ford Tourneo MPV and the Ford GT pictured below.

The Taurus is designed especially to meet the needs of the Chinese market and brings the nameplate to China for the first time.

Ford made full use of its global design and development resources to create the Taurus. Early in the design process, designers and engineers from around the world immersed themselves in China to gain a deeper understanding of the market and key cultural factors influencing design and vehicle preferences. In-depth research of target customers – accomplished, respected professionals – helped to fine-tune design and engineering targets to create an exceptional new vehicle.

The spacious feel is justified by an exceptionally roomy cabin, which takes full advantage of the vehicle’s 5m length and 2.95m wheelbase.

In a first for a Ford vehicle in China, the Taurus has power-reclining rear seats with optional adjustable lumbar support and a massage function.

Powered by Ford’s new high-output, twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, the Taurus has the effortless power to match its elegant appearance. Ford says lightweight materials and advanced controls help the engine to set a new standard for power density and efficiency. This EcoBoost has a compacted graphite iron (CGI) cylinder block and further use in Taurus will help boost output at Ford's Lima Engine Plant, Ohio..

Taurus will be manufactured at the recently opened Changan Ford Hangzhou Plant. Representing a US$760 million investment, the plant is the sixth assembly plant producing Ford vehicles in China. The facility uses Ford’s latest manufacturing technologies and is capable of producing up to 250,000 vehicles a year on a flexible production line.

The new Ford Tourneo for China’s premium MPV market is the result of Ford engineers in Europe working with their counterparts at Jiangling Motors Co., one of Ford’s investments in China, to make the most of Ford’s global product development expertise. The Tourneo arrives in China in 2016 as a seven-seat MPV.

Tourneo will be powered by Ford’s 2-litre twin-scroll EcoBoost engine, which Ford will make available on the MPV exclusively in China. Offering more power than a conventional 3.5-litre V6 engine, the advanced direct-injection turbocharged engine is designed to provide smooth and refined power delivery with high efficiency and low emissions.
                         Next generation 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost

The Ford GT likewise made its Chinese debut, giving visitors to Auto Shanghai 2015 a rare chance to see Ford’s ultra-high performance car in the flesh.

A technology showcase for Ford Performance innovation and the technology and engineering expertise that goes into all Ford vehicles, the GT is one of more than 12 new Ford Performance vehicles coming by 2020.

“The Ford GT highlights the very best of what Ford can accomplish using our global expertise in design and engineering, and we’re thrilled to bring it to Shanghai,” said John Lawler, chairman and chief executive officer, Ford China. “It’s more than just a halo car. It’s a showcase of how the technologies and engineering approaches we use in all of our vehicles can come together to create the ultimate, no-compromise ultra-high performance car.”

The all-new GT supercar features rear-wheel drive, a mid-mounted engine, and a sleek, aerodynamic, two-door coupe body shell. It is propelled by the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a next-generation twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600bhp. This engine has an aluminium vee cylinder block and the engine can deliver 171bhp/litre.

The GT makes extensive use of lightweight materials, including carbon fibre and aluminium – enabling outstanding acceleration and handling with improved efficiency.

Ford’s commitment to and capability in delivering technologies that typically are offered only in elite vehicles is evident in the GT. These include advanced active aerodynamics, such as a deployable rear spoiler, and a host of material and technology innovations to help better serve the driver.

“What’s most exciting about the GT is how you can find the roots of the technologies and engineering expertise it displays in our existing product line-up, just taken to an extreme,” said Trevor Worthington, vice president, product development, Ford Asia Pacific. “Whether it is advanced connectivity in the new Ford Focus or the painstaking aerodynamic work that went into the front undershield on the new Everest, all of our vehicles display something of the GT in them.

Few innovations provide a more wide-ranging performance and efficiency advantage than reducing weight. All factors of a vehicle’s capabilities – acceleration, handling, braking, safety, efficiency – can improve through the use of advanced, lighter materials, which is why Ford continues to implement the use of lightweight materials like ultra-high-strength steels across its product range.

Using a broad application of structural carbon fibre elements, the GT will exhibit one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car.

Anchored by a carbon fibre passenger cell, the GT features aluminium front and rear subframes encapsulated in structural carbon fibre body panels. Carbon fibre is one of the world’s strongest materials for its mass – enabling an ultra-stiff foundation for chassis components, while creating a lighter overall package for increased dynamic performance and efficiency.

Ford EcoBoost technology, available in Ford vehicles across Asia Pacific, uses direct fuel injection, variable valve timing and turbocharging to delivers the power of a larger, naturally aspirated engine, with improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions.

Based on race-proven engine architecture serving Ford’s endurance racing efforts, the next-generation twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 in the GT features a wide power band.

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