Ford anticipates the engine will be the most fuel efficient non-hybrid in the U.S.
November 19, 2012
By: Nick Saporito
For months Ford Motor Company has been stating that their revolutionary three-cylinder engine would eventually find its way to the North American market. Well, Ford made the 1.0-liter EcoBoost office for North Americans today, announcing that the engine will launch in a redesigned Fiesta for the 2014 model year.
In the announcement Ford states that the engine will generate a projected 123 horsepower and 140 foot-pounds of torque thanks to the engine's turbocharger and direct fuel injection. Finalized fuel economy figures are not yet known as the engine has not been tested, however Ford asserted that the engine should propel the new Fiesta to hold the title as the most fuel efficient non-hybrid vehicle in the United States. The Fiesta with EcoBoost will be one of four additional models in the Ford lineup next year to achieve above 40 mpg highway.
Further details on the new engine were not divulged, however Ford eluded that the 1.0-liter EcoBoost will be optional on the Fiesta, following the trend of the company's entire EcoBoost strategy. No pricing information was released, however in most applications the EcoBoost engine option is around $995. Expect the 1.0-liter to be mated to either a six-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. Ford's start-stop technology, currently on the new Escape and Fusion, is also a likely addition with the automatic.
The new Fiesta has already been seen in public, thanks to Ford launching the car in several global markets prior to the North American reveal. Expect the U.S. version of the car to look nearly identical to the global car, with some minor packaging changes. The revised Fiesta will go on sale in mid-2013 as a 2014 model.
Originally Posted by Press Release