Ford’s new 200bhp light-pressure turbo Ecoboost engine is tipped to be one of the key powerplants in the new Range Rover Evoque.
Land Rover won’t confirm or deny the news, but the engine is understood to currently being tested in a fleet of prototypes burning up the Nürburgring ahead of next month’s show reveal at the Paris auto show.
The 200bhp Ecoboost should endow the Evoque with a decent turn of speed — in the Mondeo it’s capable of 0-60mph in 7.9secs and 144mph.
And it’s compatible with the Ford/Getrag six-speed dual-clutch Powershift transmission, which would give Land Rover a state-of-the art powertrain for its new baby Range Rover.
Urban drivers of the Evoque are likely to plump for this combo in large numbers, both for ease of driving and fuel economy.
Again in the Mondeo the Ecoboost is rated at 36.6mpg and 179g/km — numbers that match the stop-start diesel Freelander.