Small displacement is coming to North America! Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine will cross the pond and to find a spot under the hood of the 2014 Fiesta.
The new 2014 Ford Fiesta will be the first U.S. vehicle available with Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine. Although the car has not yet undergone EPA testing, Ford expects it to be certified as the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car available here.
Ford promised big displacement-minded Americans its patented 1.0-liter EcoBoost won’t be short on power, torque or refinement. The new Fiesta’s engine is projected to produce 123 horsepower and a peak torque of 148 pound-feet torque.
“Customers are going to be pleasantly surprised at what the smallest member of the EcoBoost engine family can do,” said Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president of Powertrain Engineering. “Most customers are not going to be thinking about the number of cylinders under the hood when they drive the new 1.0-liter EcoBoost Fiesta. They’ll notice an extremely smooth and quiet idle, terrific acceleration accompanied by a sporty sound at high revs, and – most importantly – outstanding fuel economy.”
Ford says the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine in the Fiesta expands the company’s power of choice strategy by giving customers interested in a very fuel-efficient car a new alternative.
“Many customers would like the fuel efficiency of a modern diesel or a hybrid, but can’t stretch their budgets to cover the cost premium,” said Bakaj. “That’s where the EcoBoost Fiesta fits in. It will offer a highly fuel-efficient alternative at a lower cost.”
Pricing is not yet set, but Ford promises it will be a “very affordable option. Adding an EcoBoost engine costs about $995 in most Ford vehicles.”
The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is the company’s first three-cylinder engine. It also debuts many new technologies like an offset crankshaft; variable oil pump; split cooling system; external-balancing, super-small, responsive turbocharger; and a timing belt immersed in engine oil.
Ford says the result of the 1.0-liter’s advanced design is a quiet, smooth-running engine that develops roughly the same output as a 1.6-liter four-cylinder. But with about 25 percent fewer moving parts, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost is able to deliver higher fuel economy and lower emissions.
“We really focused on reducing the amount of energy the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine uses by paying very close attention to such things as bearing sizes, piston ring tension and thermal management,” said Bob Fascetti, director, Ford Global Engine Engineering. “For instance, we decided not to use a balance shaft in the engine because it adds weight and increases friction or parasitic losses. So we balance the engine externally with the crankshaft pulley and flywheel.”
In Europe, where the diesel engine is king, the 1.0-liter engine when placed in the Focus now accounts for about 30 percent of its sales. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is just now launching in Europe in the B-MAX and C-MAX, and will also be offered in the all-new Mondeo.
Ford says the 1.0-liter engine is the fourth member of Ford’s global EcoBoost engine family. Since launch in 2009, Ford has sold more than 520,000 EcoBoost-equipped vehicles globally and expects volume to grow to 1.6 million in 2013.
The company adds it has more than 125 patents on its EcoBoost engine technology, and the number of patents is still growing.