Ford is leading the charge of low-displacement engines with its 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine, which has won accolades and rave reviews for both its power output and fuel economy. Ford has finally confirmed that this diminutive engine will show up in the U.S. under the hood of the Ford Fiesta subcompact. Rejoice!
Capable of producing 123 horsepower and 148 ft-lbs of torque, the 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine delivers 3 more horsepower and 36 ft-lbs of torque over the current 1.6 liter four-cylinder. That will make the lightweight Fiesta more fun to drive, and more fuel-efficient; there is talk of 45 mpg or more on the highway. This new engine will likely arrive with a refreshed look that debuted earlier in the year for Europe.
If this next Ford Fiesta combines the EcoBoost engine with a six-speed manual transmission, this could provide a whole lot of driving fun at a bargain price. while delivering incredible fuel economy. All in an engine that fits in a suitcase. If you aren’t amazed by what automotive engineers are capable of these days, you need to pay closer attention to the industry.
Now if only Ford gets the guts to drop the 202 horsepower version of the 1.0 liter EcoBoost into the Fiesta…