New Ford Tourneo Gains A Mild Hybrid Powertrain For 2019

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The Ford Tourneo van received a large update and overhaul for the 2018 model year that gave it updated exterior looks and a new interior, but Ford has already made some changes to the people mover for 2019.

Among the changes are updates to the 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, including a revised low-inertia turbocharger, a different higher-pressure fuel-injection system, new steel pistons and a variable-flow oil pump. The automaker says these upgrades provide “up to a 6 percent improvement in fuel efficiency, based on the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).” The engine is also offered in a new 182 hp variant, along with the older 128 hp and 103 hp power output variants.

In addition, there’s also a new EcoBlue Hybrid 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain, which is only offered with manual transmission variants. This version gets a belt-driven starter/generator system, (BISG) replacing the standard alternator, which enables recovery and storage of energy during under braking and coasting that is then stored in a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack. The starter/generator can also act as a motor, using stored energy to provide a momentary boost in torque.


Tourneo buyers will now get an on-board wi-fi modem as standard too, which enables device wi-fi support and runs the various apps and features for the 4-inch and available 8‑inch center touchscreens. The FordPass mobile app also allows WiFi-enabled Tourneo owners to get vehicle status data, use a vehicle locator, remote lock and unlock the vehicle and use the remote start.

Like virtually all new cars, a range of safety systems are standard including Ford’s Blind Spot Information System with Trailer Tow and Adaptive Cruise Control with Intelligent Speed Limiter, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane-Keeping Aid, Active Park Assist and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection.

The new 2019 Ford Tourneo will go on sale by mid-2019.

 

 

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Written by Sam McEachern

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  1. This van should be a full hybrid as in the 2020 Explorer, and it should sell well in the U.S. because there is no competing vehicle to carry passengers. Many taxi fleets will use it as a substitute for the Hybrid Escape which may be smaller.

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