Ford has confirmed that it will bring its 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine to the United States under the hood of its 2014 Fiesta, previewed in these photos by the global model that debuted in Paris earlier this year. We pretty much knew this was coming, and we'll see the tiny mill on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week – assuming Ford's luggage made it there unscathed.

Ford 1.0L EcoBoost engineOfficial EPA certification has not been completed, but Ford expects the EcoBoost-equipped Fiesta to be the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car sold in the US. In other words, we're looking at fuel economy around the 45-mile-per-gallon mark. The 1.0L engine is projected to produce 123 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque under the hood of the Fiesta – gains of three horses and 36 lb-ft versus the current car's 1.6-liter naturally aspirated four.

Earlier this year, we had a chance to drive a Euro-spec Focus with the same 1.0-liter engine, and said that while it was pretty good, the lighter Fiesta figures to be a better fit for this mill here in the States. Our wish was apparently Ford's command. Scroll down for the full details.
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Award-Winning 1.0-Liter EcoBoost Engine Coming to North America Next Year in the New Ford Fiesta

- Ford's newest EcoBoost® engine is expected to deliver the best fuel economy of any non-hybrid car sold in America

- Ford's patented 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine will be the most refined and powerful in its class

- Global sales of EcoBoost engines are at 520,000 units and growing fast

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 19, 2012 – The new 2014 Ford Fiesta on sale next year will be the first vehicle available in the United States with Ford's award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine. Though the car has not yet undergone EPA testing, it is expected to be certified as the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car available in the United States.

The smallest engine available in its class, Ford's patented 1.0-liter EcoBoost won't be short on power, torque or refinement. The smooth, quiet-running engine is projected to produce 123 horsepower and peak torque of 148 lb.-ft.

"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."

The newest member of Ford's global EcoBoost engine family, the 1.0-liter will join the most fuel-efficient lineup in Ford Motor Company's history. Next year, Ford will offer eight vehicles rated at 40 mpg or higher – double today's total, and more than any other automaker. Ford tops Toyota in fuel economy in every segment in which both companies compete.

The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine in the Fiesta expands Ford's power of choice strategy by giving customers interested in a very fuel-efficient car a new alternative.

Pricing is not yet set, but as with the other EcoBoost engines available across Ford's car, truck, SUV and crossover lineup, the 1.0-liter will be a very affordable option. Adding an EcoBoost engine costs about $995 in most Ford vehicles.

"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."

Newest EcoBoost engine – a game changer
The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is unlike any engine in Ford's 109-year history. Not only is it the company's first three-cylinder engine, but it debuts many new technologies never before seen in a Ford vehicle. These include an offset crankshaft; variable oil pump; split cooling system; external-balancing, super-small, responsive turbocharger; and a timing belt immersed in engine oil.

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."

Super-successful debut
Since being launched in the spring in the Ford Focus in Europe, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine has established itself as one of the most noteworthy engines of 2012. In April it was voted International Engine of the Year by a jury of 76 journalists from 36 countries. In June it set 16 land speed records at a racetrack in France. In October the 1.0-liter EcoBoost was given a Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics magazine, and this month the engine won the prestigious DeWar Trophy in Great Britain.

In Europe, where the diesel engine is king, the 1.0-liter engine now accounts for about 30 percent of sales in the Focus. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is just now launching in the B-MAX and C-MAX, and will also be offered in the all-new Mondeo.

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.

Ford has more than 125 patents on its EcoBoost engine technology, and the number of patents continues to grow.

EcoBoost combines turbocharging with gasoline direct injection and variable valve timing to allow a smaller engine to replace a larger one with no loss of performance and at least a 20 percent gain in fuel economy.

"We're extremely proud of the amazing success the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine has achieved in such a short time," said Bakaj. "We think it will do extremely well here in the United States. With the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine in the F-150, we learned customers will embrace smaller engines as long as you don't ask them to sacrifice performance. The 1.0-liter will deliver three things that matter most to our customers – value for the dollar, terrific fuel economy and great performance."


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      willied
      • 2 Years Ago
      Best fuel economy and (in my opinion) looks in its class, and fun to drive? Yes, please.
      Christopher Zeller
      • 2 Years Ago
      This new engine will be a good addition to the US lineup. It would be great to see the 1.4 Diesel and 1.6 EcoBoost (Fiesta ST) come here, as well. I personally would love a 1.4 Diesel 3-door 5-speed for my daily highway commuting, or a 5-door ST for all around fun. Ford needs to be weary of one thing, however, even with the current lineup: pricing. Similarly speced Fiesta 1.6 (current model) and Focus models are only about $2,000 difference. Ford themselves have admitted the new Focus (which is a great little hatch) has eaten more sales from the Fiesta than they would like.
        • 2 Years Ago
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      RobbieP
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw this same engine demoed on Fifth Gear on Velocity in a Focus last week ... they really were surprised, as was I!
      mylexicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm glad to see that someone is finally using efficient turbocharging properly in the US market. Turbocharging is only more efficient when the turbos are spooling and raising cylinder pressure. Small-displacement turbos like the Fiat Twin Air and 1.0L Ecoboost have great potential, and I'm not surprised by the mpg estimates.
      BF4ALTF
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Superchips' software tweak bumps the 1.0-liter's power output to 145 horsepower and 167 lb-ft at just 2,656 rpm (in overboost mode)." They claim there is no impact on mileage in regular driving. That would make this an economy car with a huge fun factor.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm looking forward to test driving this, and if the chip you're talking about BF4ALTF is true, then this will be a great daily driver!
      domingorobusto
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought this engine was kind of pointless in the Focus, but in the Fiesta this engine makes all kinds of sense. I'm pretty interested to see how these engines respond to mods. Turbo engines usually have a bunch of potential left on the table, so extremely simple and cheap mods like a downpipe and tune can yield huge gains. But this seems to be quite a highly stressed engine right out of the box, so there may not be much left to gain without big mods. It'll be interesting to find out though :)
      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      If the price is right omissions buying one as a spare car. Seriously ..
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Itty bitty engine!
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      45mpg is presumably highway only. A car like this won't make 45mpg city. 45mpg highway is quite good.
        Rotation
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        Oh, and I forgot, if it only gets good mpg in with Ford's PowerShift (dual clutch) transmission, then you can forget it. There's a PowerShift in the rental Focus I have right now and it's total garbage. It clunks as you turn at low speeds, the engine rides along on the anti-stumble in parking lots and it shift spontaneously sometimes at highway speeds for no apparent reason, producing a buck. And to top it off, if you put it in manual mode, it still shifts slower than a hydramatic (torque converter) engine anyway, easily taking over a second to shift. I can have my finger off the shift button on the shifter and almost on the steering wheel before it shifts. And if you use the shift buttons to call for a downshift that would produce over 4500rpm then it just ignores you and doesn't downshift at all, even though the redline is 6500 or 7000rpm (the tach markings don't make it clear which is the case).
          Rotation
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          Ford also said they already fixed it over a year ago. http://www.motortrend.com/features/auto_news/2011/1112_ford_focus_powershift_transmission_is_much_improved/ http://www.autoblog.com/2011/10/27/ford-rushes-to-fix-gearbox-problems-but-not-quickly-enough-for/ They simply haven't. At this time I don't see a lot of reason to believe Ford's claims of having fixed it this time either. The proof will be in the pudding.
          Dave
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          I've driven two automatic Fiestas and I didnt notice any serious issues. Of course, both of my vehicles have manual transmissions, and if I were going to buy a Fiesta, it would be manual as well.
          Sacto1654
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          Ford has said they are well-aware of the issues with the dry-clutch Powershift transmission and are working on a number of fixes to smooth out the quality of the gear shifts. Hopefully, these fixes are implemented on the "refreshed" Fiesta due this coming year.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rotation
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        EXP Jawa
        • 2 Years Ago
        "fully loaded" was the key there - there's no reason to have to spend that much...
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        Well, you can option a JCW Mini convertible to $54k, so there's a lot of room for stupidity
      EXP Jawa
      • 2 Years Ago
      Before all the ASton Martin comments start, I want to say that I think this nose is what the car should've had out of the gate. Yes, it looks like a baby Fusion now, but that's not a bad thing. Certainly looks better than the US-modified version of the previous front end...
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