2014 Ford Mustang To Offer EcoBoost 2.0-Liter Four For Fuel Economy

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2011 Ford Evos Concept

2011 Ford Evos Concept

People are expecting more and more from their performance cars these days, and that includes improved fuel efficiency.

That's why, even with traditionally V-8 pony cars like the Ford Mustang, the next model will include a more efficient, four-cylinder variant.

As well as more contemporary styling, influenced by last year's Evos Concept (shown in the image above), a four-cylinder EcoBoost engine was confirmed earlier this year by Ford product chief Derrick Kuzak.

Not that the four-pot Ford will be a poor relation of other Mustangs, unlike the 2.3-liter inline-four offered in the Mustang II of the 1970s.

In the 2012 Ford Focus ST, the 2.0 EcoBoost develops 250-horsepower, but still returns a respectable 32 mpg highway. In a Mustang, that would be a useful improvement over the current 29 highway, 22 combined of the V-6.

Automotive News reports that the next generation Mustang is likely to arrive in Spring 2014.

In the meantime, the exciting new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engines already available in the European-spec Focus are likely to hit U.S. shores, first arriving next year in the re-styled 2014 Fiesta.

The Fusion too will gain new EcoBoost engines, though for parsimonious buyers the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will be top of the list, particularly given the high MPG figures touted of the C-Max Energi.

There will always be customers who want a V-8 Mustang, but the good news for those concerned with gas mileage is that there will soon be an option for green-minded buyers, too. Just don't expect a Mustang Energi any time soon...


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