New Ford Fiesta to Feature a 3-Cylinder Engine

On Monday, Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F  ) announced that it will next year begin selling a car expected to deliver "the best fuel economy of any non-hybrid car sold in America." The car in question, the 2014 Ford Fiesta, will feature Ford's 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, a popular piece of equipment that is currently selling around the globe at the rate of 520,000 units annually -- albeit mostly at larger sizes.

This is the first time the 1.0-liter EcoBoost will be sold in the U.S., and the first time the company has tried to persuade American car buyers to pony up for a three-cylinder engine at all. Once it arrives, however, Ford says, this "smooth, quiet-running engine" will produce 123 horsepower and peak torque of 148 lb.-ft.

This power, plus "outstanding fuel economy" that Ford puts at greater than 40 mpg, has the company hoping no one will notice the EcoBoost has only three cylinders. Historically, that's an engine size more commonly associated with such underwhelming automobiles as the Geo Metro. But according to Ford, "most customers are not going to be thinking about the number of cylinders under the hood" of the new Fiesta. 

They may, however, notice the price tag. According to its press release, the EcoBoost engine will add about $995 to the cost of a vehicle ordinarily outfitted with a normal gasoline engine.


 

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  • Report this Comment On November 20, 2012, at 8:27 PM, 2Kpenguin wrote:

    I would have Mr. Smith understand that the Geo Metro was not at all "underwhelming" to those of us who owned one. I still have the three-cylinder "95 Metro I bought new, and still occasionally drive it.

    With dependence on foreign oil still dominating our politics, gas prices that frequently rise to $4 a gallon, and the continuing rise in the rate of greenhouse gas emission, a three-cylinder engine makes a lot of sense for those of us who are more responsible in choosing a vehicle than to look simply at the zero-to-sixty acceleration.

    When the Chevy Spark came out a few months ago, I was "underwhelmed" by its low EPA highway rating of only 38 mpg - this in a car with a 1.2 liter engine and a manual transmission. The announcement of this new Ford gives me something to look forward to, and I'll certainly hold off from buying the Spark.

  • Report this Comment On November 21, 2012, at 12:49 AM, McSuzuki wrote:

    The Geo Metro 3 cylinder engine has set the standard for high mileage vehicles since the mid-80s.

    It's very 'underwhelming' that it's taken a US automaker this long to catch up.

  • Report this Comment On November 26, 2012, at 7:42 PM, litesong wrote:

    I have the Ford Festiva that stores more than the Geo Metro could, had a better back seat than the Geo Metro, has a Mazda engine that lasts longer than the Geo Metro, & has turned in 57mpg highway & an average of 46mpg.

    Lots of bragging for the Geo Metro, but Ford Festiva is better.

  • Report this Comment On December 07, 2012, at 4:33 PM, nerys71 wrote:

    I AVERAGE 50mpg in the WINTER

    I AVERAGE 54mpg year round.

    I hit 64mpg regularly in the summer and with just a little effort I can sustain 70mpg highway on E10.

    75+ on E0

    I can get 55mpg with 900 pounds in the car and a riding mower on the trailer in the back.

    no. the festiva is not better. not even close.

    but lets remember. MPG is largely meaningless in the bigger picture.

    imagine for a moment. US National AVG fuel economy of 20mpg. I wave my magic wand and spread my pixie dust and poof friday morning our national average is 40mpg.

    gas is currently $3.50 a gallon. anyway want to toss out a guess what the average price will be monday?

    that's right. around $7. so your CPM (REAL measure of cost) does not change.

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