Ford's EcoBoost (direct petrol injection with turbocharger) engine technology is migrating across the Atlantic to Europe and is set to make its debut in the automaker's S-Max and Galaxy MPV (minivan) models at the 2010 Brussels Show on 13 January.

The engines deliver more power and performance from less displacement but fuel economy is better and CO2 emissions, in particular, lower.

While Ford offers both I4 and V6 engines in the US, and there are plans for a first ever I4 Australian Ford Falcon, Europe is starting with the two-litre 'EcoBoost SCTi' unit with all-aluminium construction, high-pressure direct injection, low-inertia turbocharging and twin independent variable cam timing. Maximum output of 203PS is at 5,500 rpm combined with maximum torque of 300Nm delivered across a broad 1,750-4,500 rpm range. With this new powertrain, the S-Max achieves 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds (8.8 seconds for the Galaxy) and a top speed of 137mph (135mph for the Galaxy.)

Compared with the previous 161PS 2.3-litre automatic powertrain, CO2 emissions - now the basis of auto taxation in many European countries - is reduced by 19% to 189g/km even though the new engine has over 25% more power. 'Official' (EC testing) combined fuel economy is 34.8mpg and the extra urban figure 44.1mpg.

Ford is also launching its 'PowerShift' double wet-clutch direct shift transmission in its large car range; it will be standard equipment with the EcoBoost petrol engine and optional with the new Duratorq diesels also offered.

These upgraded two-litre engines now comply with Europe's Stage V emission regulations and are available with three power outputs - 115, 140 and 163PS. Fuel consumption averages 49.5mpg and CO2 emissions 152g/km Six-speed manual transmission is standard.

Both models get minor exterior styling and interior trim and equipment changes and new safety and convenience items include a blind spot information system.

The S-Max and Galaxy are made with the Mondeo at Ford's Genk plant in Belgium.

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