Ford: EcoBoost Mustang coming "in the very near future”

Ford has confirmed that a turbocharged, direct-injected engine wearing the EcoBoost moniker will soon be offered in the Mustang.

What has long been just a rumor has finally been confirmed as reality: Ford will soon offer the Mustang with an EcoBoost motor.

"Given the success we've had with EcoBoost across the lineup that we've talked about, it's fair to assume that we will have an EcoBoost Mustang in the very near future," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president of Global Product Development.

Kuzak didn't specify just what EcoBoost Ford would offer in the Mustang, but it's likely to be a four-cylinder unit. The 2.0-liter direct-injected, turbocharged mill from the upcoming Focus ST is a likely candidate, as its 247 horsepower rating would allow it to slot nicely under the 'stang's 305 horsepower 3.7-liter V6.

However, given Ford's willingness in vehicles like the Fusion and the Edge to offer an Ecoboost four with similar power but better mileage than an existing engine, we'd say it's also possible that Ford could offer an EcoBoosted 2.5-liter four with around 300 horsepower but more mpgs than the 3.7-liter.

For those feeling uneasy about the possibility of a four banger residing in the engine bay of the Mustang, recall that there is a precedent for a performance-oriented pony car with just four cylinders: the 1984-86 Mustang SVO made an impressive (for the time period) 205 horsepower and 245 lb-ft of torque from its turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four.

Expect to the see the EcoBoost-equipped Mustang in a showroom near you in just a year or two.

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