DEARBORN - Starting with the 2014 Ford Fiesta, the award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine will change the game for fuel-economy standards.
Owning up to a world-class level of smoothness and refinement, “EcoBoost is the pillar of our fuel economy strategy,” according to Bob Fascetti, director, Large Gas and Diesel Engine Engineering.
“By adding the 1.0-liter engine the Fiesta will build on our fuel-economy leadership,” said Fascetti. “We are projecting that the 1.0-liter EcoBoost-powered Fiesta will deliver higher mpg than any non-hybrid car from any of our competitors.”
At the end of 2012, the company will have a team of eight vehicles that deliver a rated 40 mpg or more – doubling their amount from last year and topping the charts of automakers worldwide.
“We aren’t just promising fuel-efficient vehicles, we’re delivering them,” he said. “The 1.0-liter Fiesta will give the power of choice to drivers interested in super, fuel-efficient small cars that can’t stretch the budget for diesel or hybrids.”
Expanding on the power of choice strategy, the 1.0-liter engine joins an existing lineup of EcoBoost engines; 1.6-liter, 2.0-liter, and 3.5-liter. Since the introduction of this line in 2009, more than 520,000 EcoBoost-equiped vehicles have been sold globally – with an expected 270,000 in the U.S. for 2012 alone.
“No one sells more turbocharged vehicles than Ford,” said Fascetti.
Compact enough to fit into carry-on luggage, yet powerful enough to deliver the same output as a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine; the new addition is the smallest engine available in its class. The smooth, quiet-running engine is projected to produce 123 horsepower and peak torque of 148 lb.-ft.
The 1.0-liter will join the most fuel-efficient lineup in Ford history. Not only is it the company’s first three-cylinder engine, it introduces many new technologies never before seen in a Ford vehicle, has 25 percent fewer moving parts, higher fuel economy and lower emissions.
Ten features are packed into this 52-pound engine that put it into a class of one: split cooling system, variable oil pump, off-set crankshaft, belt-in-oil, external balancing, integral cylinder head and exhaust manifold, optimized engine mounts, high-speed, fast acting turbocharger, ultra-low friction design, scavenging effect.
“Our newest engine reveals our plan to go further with EcoBoost,” he said. “Ford now has the freshest global lineup on the road today with more new products on the pipeline than any other global manufacturer. If we think about the DNA of what we want our customers to experience, nothings more important than fuel economy.”