Ford Fiesta With 1.0 Liter EcoBoost Confirmed For U.S.


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…

Source: Ford

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  • Jason Carpp

    I’d prefer turbo diesel over eco boost.

  • Diesel is just not a commercially viable option in America. Our emissions standards are not friendly to diesel, which adds significantly to the cost of diesel vehicles sold here. And the higher cost of diesel fuel here offsets much of the economic advantage that makes diesel such a popular option in Europe.


    • Jason Carpp

      Diesel not viable? Says who? There are diesel powered vehicles running all the time! We’ve got diesel buses, diesel dump trucks, diesel full-sized trucks that can be had with diesel engines. Most, with turbo diesel. So why the hell can’t SUVs, small trucks and cars be had with diesel power? Diesel, not viable. Right!

      • T Adkins

        He Just said they aren’t commercially viable more meaning not economically viable. You have to pay more upfront to get a diesel car that upfront amount is almost the same additional cost as getting a hybrid. Even tho the US exports quite a lot of low sulfur diesel that ends up in Europe it is not widely available for sale inside of the US, we have dirtier diesel in the US, so we would have to use additional filters and particulate catches for the diesels adding to the cost and lowering MGP. People see it as I can get the gas version of a car or I can pay upwards of $5000 for the same car in diesel, the typical consumer also sees diesel fuel prices at or higher than the gasoline prices. Just that alone stops many from opening their wallets for diesel cars here in the US. And those heavy duty diesel you mentioned they pretty much have to be diesel as gas engines tend to not have the low end torque that those applications need.

        Trust me I know how very good a diesel engine is compared to a gas engine, not here to debate that. The US auto market has marginalized the diesel engine, just look for diesel car in the US market there are very few available, then people in the US just are not as motivated financially to go diesel. There are many diesel car that out perform hybrids in raw MPGs but hybrids are more available in the US than diesel.

        • Jason Carpp

          Ok, so not diesel is not for everyone. Fine. Not everyone can afford to drive diesel, fine. But so what? Why deny the rest of us access to a diesel car or truck? That doesn’t make sense. Someone needs diesel for something. If I was in the market to buy another car, I’d want mine to be diesel powered. I wouldn’t mind a Toyota Prius if it were available with a diesel/electric hybrid engine. I know what you’re thinking. “Dream on! That’ll never happen.” Probably not, but you never know.

          • Volvo just launched a diesel hybrid. So did VW. Keep dreamin’, dudebro … it’s comin’.

          • Jason Carpp

            @ Jo Barras: I’d love to see a Volvo diesel electric hybrid vehicle here in the USA. It may just be wishful thinking, but I’m hoping in my lifetime, it’ll happen. I’m not against gasoline/electric hybrid vehicles, such as the Toyota Prius, but we need more options than just one type of engine.

          • T Adkins

            Dont let people kill your dreams guy…. We need people to dream more over we need people to put out the money to buy what they feel they need and help the sheeple learn what is right around the corner so they arent scared of it when it arrives. If we do what we need to in the US and just get to use the cleaner diesel we already make and if we can get to use some of those cleaner bio blends we might not need all that emission equipment that will hold back the MPG’s we need.

            A small diesel running at a set RPM pushing power to a battery that drives one or more electric motors to get your car going, that is there right around the corner, sure it will happen outside of the US before it gets here but it is coming. A diesel hybrid could very easily be the 1st commercially available production, full size, car to get 100mpg without being a plug-in.

          • Jason Carpp

            @ T Atkins: Thanks. I’m hoping in our lifetimes that diesel powered cars will become as common in the USA and Canada as it is in Europe and the rest of the world. If I have to pay more for a diesel car, so be it. I agree that it costs more to fill up the tank of a diesel car than it is for a gasoline powered car, but I believe that it all has to do with the size of the vehicle. If you drive a Toyota Corolla Diesel, it’d cost around $40-45. If you drive a truck the size of a Ford F250 or F350 diesel, it’d probably cost around $85 or more. If you can afford to buy a diesel car, surely you can afford to drive it.

          • Good discussion, guys! The key to diesel is making it from plants rather than petroleum. Bio diesel burns cleaner than fuel made from oil. Recently, Gas 2.0 had an article about a plant that can provide all the energy resources we ever need. Growing it would allow us to stop supporting tyrants around the world who happen to own enormous oil reserves. And stop strip mining our beautiful country or poisoning it to extract natural gas deposits. The future of energy is ours for the taking. But first, we need to break the iron grip of entrenched interests here at home who want to perpetuate their own greed. I wrote a blog post about this. Check it out.

          • Jason Carpp

            @ Steve Hanley. There’s plenty of veggie oil to use on whatever diesel powered vehicles are out there. Most veggie oil is made from vegetables. If we converted cars to run on vegetable oil rather than petroleum, it’d run cleaner than it would otherwise. I don’t know how commercially viable it would be. But if few people would do that with their diesel powered cars and trucks, just think what it might do with the environment. It’d be neat if one could buy a Ford Fiesta with a 1.5 litre diesel and then have it converted to running on vegetable oil.

        • T Adkins is 100% correct. Just this year, I drove 1000 miles in France, including lots of back roads through the Alps, in a diesel powered vehicle and loved every minute. But in Europe, it seems like more than half of all passenger cars have diesel engines. And manual transmissions! Here at home, a good chunk of our driving public doesn’t even know how to drive a car with a gear shift. Why?

          Because rception is reality, and here in the US the perception that real cars have automatic transmissions and that diesels are noisy, smelly, clattery, dirty and slow. There is a big increase in initial cost to own one for all the reasons T Adkins stated. The manufacturers can’t just take their Euro-spec models, put ’em on a boat and sell them in the US. They have to be extensively modified to conform to US emissions regulations, VW says it costs an extra $5000 PER CAR to make the changes. That cost gets passed on directly to you, the consumer.

          The federal government gives motorists whopping tax incentives to buy electric cars and/or hybrids. But it also inhibits the use of diesel engines through regulations that increase the cost of diesel vehicles and diesel fuels. Why is that? I dunno. Ask your local elected representative next time he or she is over your house for dinner.

          To my mind, the perfect vehicle for 95% of all domestic American driving would have a diesel/hybrid powertrain. A diesel that runs at a constant speed can be made to operate with very low emissions. Its all that revving up and down that causes problems. But there are no government incentives for such cars. So how smart is our government?

          Might be best not to answer that last question……

          • Jason Carpp

            It’s not that I disagree with what both of you are saying, because I agree. I just don’t understand why govt refuses to let even small cars with diesel engine into the USA. Sometimes you have to try new things, to take risks. To ask questions, as to why things are what they are. And I’m asking. I’m not against playing by the rules provided I know why the rules are what they are. For example, I like to know why big trucks and buses sold in the USA are allowed to have diesel power, while smaller trucks, and cars aren’t allowed to have diesel, particularly when most other countries are allowed to offer diesel engines in their cars. They’ve proven that they are capable of meeting North American emissions standards.

          • They are ALLOWED, Jason. VW sells quite a few diesel powered passenger cars. In fact, I understand that 90% of Jetta SportWagons have diesel engines. It’s just that the COST of a diesel automobile is significantly higher in the US than in other markets and the COST of diesel fuel – a relative bargain in Europe – is quite a bit above the cost of even premium gasoline. Double whammy for diesel wannabes.

            If you want to know why this is so, may I suggest that tried and true test of all human interaction, ie – follow the money. Toyota, among others, have spent liberally to promote hybrid cars in this market. Commentators (like Gas 2.0) ballyho the benfits of hybrids, plug in hybrids and all electric vehicles like they are The Second Coming.

            Government policy is always a function of interest group spending. And the blogosphere runs on “hits”. You gotta generate site traffic if you want to attract advertisers and stay in business.

            So what we wind up with is often not the most desirable option. Sorry, that’s the way governments work and have always worked since time began. Some say we get the government we deserve. If that is so, we clearly have the best government money can buy. That’s quite an indictment, isn’t it? : (

            About the only advantage a buyer of diesel automobile gets is that used ones often command much higher prices in the used car market than their gasoline powered cousins.

          • Jason Carpp

            Thanks. I’m sorry about the persistant asking and complaining. I agree with what you’re saying. I wouldn’t mind paying the extra money for a good used diesel, (one that still has plenty of life in her). I know a company here in Tacoma, Washington, that does performance modifications for cars. One of the performance mods is to put a 2 litre Subaru Boxer Diesel engine inside the engine compartment of a VW Vanagon. Although I couldn’t afford to buy such a vehicle, I would like to test drive such a car and see for myself what it’s like to drive.

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