Ford S-Max engine
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About Ford S-Max engine
The new EcoBoost family is a series of turbocharged petrol engines designed to produce all the performance and driving pleasure of larger units, but with a boost in both efficiency and bhp. For example, the 200bhp 2.0-litre turbo engine making its debut on the 2010 S-Max produces 19 per cent less CO2, but 25 per cent more power than the old 2.3 litre naturally aspirated unit it effectively replaces.
So how are such huge gains possible? A combination of high pressure direct fuel injection is a smaller capacity and therefore a lighter weight engine. From low rpm the EcoBoost picks up quickly, offering the flexibility of a diesel around town but with the added refinement a petrol engine brings. Keep your right foot pinned and it revs freely to the 7,000rpm red line, accompanied by a pleasing crescendo from the exhausts. While it never feels genuinely fast, there’s more than enough performance available to keep the average family driver entertained.
Whether in normal mode or the more urgent sport setting it’s quick to shuffle into a higher ratio on light throttle loads and swaps down several cogs instantly when you decide to push on. It’s just a shame that wheel mounted paddles aren’t an option as they could potentially be the clincher for driving enthusiasts looking at larger cars.
If oil-burners are more your thing there’s a superb range of diesels to choose from too – including an improved 2.0 TDCi unit available in 160bhp tune for the first time. Despite it green credentials and impressive performance the EcoBoost engine will be a niche choice in the UK, diesels make up over 90 per cent of S-Max sales to date. But a 1.6-litre EcoBoost will debut later in the year on the new Focus and C-Max, models where this breakthrough engine technology will get the appreciation it deserves.
It’s economical, too. The range predictor in the trip computer is inclined to become optimistic, and may sometimes go so far as to predict that a single tank is enough to carry you 800 miles. I think not – but it’s certainly possible to manage 600 miles between fill ups. The engine noise is wonderfully suppressed and on a long motorway cruise you might easily forget exactly what kind of motor lies under the bonnet.
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Strong and economical power trains
New S-MAX comes with a powerful engine with a true sporting character. The 5-cylinder, 2.5-litre Duratec petrol engine, known from the Ford Focus ST, delivers 220 PS (162 kW) and transmits a maximum torque of 320 Nm to the crankshaft.
Ford S-MAX’s acceleration with the Duratec I-5 – 7.9 seconds from zero to 100 kph, is impressive. For smooth and exact gearshifts that match the engine’s character, S-MAX is fitted with Ford’s Durashift MM66 transmission, which offers triple synchromesh for the bottom gears.
The full S-MAX engine line-up:
2.5 litre Duratec 220 PS (162 kW)
2.0 litre Duratec 145 PS (107 kW)
1.8 litre Duratorq TDCi 125 PS (92 kW)
2.0 litre Duratorq TDCi 130 PS (96 kW) with cDPF
2.0 litre Duratorq TDCi 140 PS (103 kW) with or without cDPF
Diesel engines employ sophisticated high pressure multiple injection techniques to smooth out the combustion process, controlling cylinder pressure rise rates and provide the ultimate in smooth NVH and clean emissions performance
Available for the S-Max according to market, is Ford’s refined 125-PS, 1.8-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel. This engine can also be specified with an optional advanced coated DPF (cDPF) system.
In selected European markets, the 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi is also available in a 130-PS displacement with cDPF as an option.
The petrol engine choice for both models includes Ford’s light and efficient 145-PS 2.0-litre Duratec HE petrol engine, equipped with a Ford Durashift 5-speed transmission. At the top of the range, the Ford S-MAX will be available uniquely with the smooth and exhilarating 220-PS, 2.5-litre Duratec 5-cylinder petrol engine, which derives from that fitted to the Ford Focus ST performance model.
Duratec Petrol Power trains
220PS Duratec 5-cylinder is available only in the S-MAX, and offers 220 PS (162kW) at 5,000 rpm and an impressive peak torque of 320 Nm from 1,500 all the way through to 4,800 rpm. Top speed is targeted at 230 kph. Powerful acceleration enables this S-MAX to compete with performance models as it only needs 7.9 seconds to push from zero to 100 kph.
The 2.0-litre Duratec HE engine is an integral part of Ford’s power train range, offering an exceptional balance of torque and power combined with a high level of fuel economy. It offers 90 per cent of peak torque in a broad range between 2,000 and 6,000 rpm, while meeting strict European Stage IV emissions standards. Equipped with this engine, S-MAX reaches a target maximum speed of 197 kph, acceleration figures are equally close, with the S-MAX rated from zero to 100 kph in 10.9 seconds. Fuel consumption for the S-MAX is just 8.0 litres per 100 kilometres. Several features of the engine clearly illustrate why it provides an optimal blend of performance, fuel economy and emissions and is a perfect match for the Ford S-Max:
A fine-tuned metallurgical process of a congruent but inverse amount of wear in the valve gear and between valve and valve seat helps keep the valve clearance fully constant over a full engine life cycle of up to 250,000 kilometres.
A lightweight nylon intake manifold with equal length inlet tracts to maximise combustion efficiency, fuel economy as well as emission and NVH performance.
An Exhaust-Gas Recirculation (EGR) system which helps to reduce NOx emissions and improves fuel economy.
An all-aluminium alloy construction for light weight for improved performance and fuel economy.
Engine Management System
The Bosch ME 9.0 electronic management system allows precise control of cam-variation, hydraulic valve operation, turbo boost, electronic throttle position, ignition timing and fuel injection calibration. The end result is a better throttle response, improved engine power development and very smooth and responsive vehicle control under all conditions.
The compact and lightweight turbocharger is designed to be fully integrated. It is cast in one piece along with the exhaust manifold, resulting in increased thermodynamic efficiency.
The engine knock sensors adjust spark timing and cylinder pressure to deliver high-level performance from 95 octane petrol. The use of this premium quality fuel is rewarded by a higher power output of approximately 12 to 15PS. The engine has been calibrated to operate with fuel octane ratings from 91 to 98 RON to optimise engine power output and protect engine durability.
Placed in front of the radiator, the heat exchanger cools the warm air exiting from the turbocharger unit, operating with efficiencies up to 77 per cent, reducing engine air inlet temperatures from 150 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees Celsius.
Every now and then you drive a car that’s a mismatch. The saddest thing is when you have a fantastic engine that’s crying out for a decent car to wrap it up in. The Ford S-MAX 2.0-litre has it all. Here is a fantastic car saddled with a distinctly underwhelming power plant. This engine sprints to 60mph in 11.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 122mph making it no slouch. It’ll even manage to average 35mpg – quite some achievement for what is a proper seven seater sized MPV. Reasonable group 11 insurance and a 194g/km carbon dioxide emissions figure also make it look relatively affordable to run and 145bhp seems a respectable output from that 2.0-litre engine. There’s also an identically priced flexi fuel version of the car with this engine capable of running on any mix of bio ethanol and petrol in the same fuel tank. If you’re accustomed to driving diesels it’ll feel as if someone has slipped a 1.3-litre up front. Just where you expect a meaty surge of acceleration there’s nothing. You’ll need to really give this engine a sound kicking to make respectable progress, crippling fuel economy in the process. Most engines will shine when asked to sit at an undemanding 70mph. If this were the only S-MAX offered, the big Ford would win the award for the most frustrating vehicle on sale today, but the 2.0-litre’s biggest problem is that every other engine in the S-MAX line up is a cracker. The 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol powerhouse really brings the chassis alive and all three diesels are well worth having, even the base 100bhp 1.8-litre unit. This fronts up with a torque figure of 236lb/ft compared to the 2.0-litre petrol’s paltry 140lb/ft showing.
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