Ford 1.0-liter EcoBoost Engine is Heading to the L.A. Auto Show

By Charlie S.

When you imagine an engine that makes headlines at a major auto show, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a high-horsepower monster in a concept car.  But completely different engine is on its way to the 2013 L.A. Auto Show, which opens to the public on November 30, 2012. Ford is showcasing an engine that will turn heads for different reasons: Its compact power and incredible fuel economy.

That engine is the 1.0-liter EcoBoost®, which will be arriving in the U.S. next year in the 2014 Ford Fiesta after a successful introduction in Europe earlier this year. When it hits the market stateside, it is expected to deliver the best EPA-estimated fuel economy of any non-hybrid car sold in the U.S. And that is just one reason that it stands out from the crowd.

Another reason is its small displacement. It will be the smallest engine available in a passenger car in the U.S. from any automaker when it debuts.  But it won’t be short on power, torque or refinement. The engine is projected to produce 123 horsepower with peak torque of 148 lb.-ft. of and be one of the most refined in its class.

Also unique is the fact that it is a three cylinder engine, the first in the 109-year history if Ford.

Taken together, all of this means that the 1.0-liter 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 is able to deliver higher fuel economy and lower emissions.

“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.”

If you have the opportunity to stop by the L.A. Auto Show, make sure to take a look at the 2014 Fiesta and this unique new engine. And if you can’t make it to the show, you can still grab a Fiesta badge and let us know what you think about this engine in the comments below!
Buddy 09/28/2013
Brad , brad, brad, ecoboost is the new way to say turbo !!!!!!
John James 07/31/2013
Not offering an automatic is a huge and fatal mistake. This is the Usa and 99% of people less than 40 years old do not know how to drive a manual. Probably only 5 to 10% of people above 40 can drive a manual. The Fiesta will have great market leading mpg but the market for it with a manual is miniscule. Wake up Ford – are your marketing managers brain dead? The Fiesta will be a sales dud until you offer it with an automatic.
George G 02/11/2013
I read that you will not be offering this vehicle in the U.S. with an automatic. Big Mistake! Apparently you think the market for this vehicle will be with the pocket rocket crowd. You are wrong. The market for this vehicle will be with commuters and with people who no longer have children at home to haul around and we want the automatic. Also you would sell more cars if you stopped making the dealership spend millions on silly upgrades to the showroom that we could care less about and lowered prices a little instead.
Juston P 01/29/2013
Will this engine be made available as a crate motor for successful implant of this motor into project cars like old 1994 Geo Metro hatch backs, 1965 Ford Mustangs, desert racing teams, etc... With a decent wiring harness?
brad a 01/05/2013
Will it have a turbo? Ecoboost is nice, but many European cars have turbos, allowing them to utilize smaller engines. I ready Ford decided Ecoboost was cheaper to implement than turbos. Isn't there some other fluid you need to add for Ecoboost?

I still wonder why the huge shortage of DIESEL engine options here. During my European travels I notice about half the cars are DIESEL!!!!!! BRING US THE DIESELS, FORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Austin K 01/01/2013
I hope they release it as a crate motor. In fact this motor as a 2l inline six would be pretty phenomenal. I'd love to see a Mustang in the future that really took the car into a "modern pony" style. IRS, sub 3k weight, 30mpg+. I suspect they could pull 300hp+ out of two of these with a shared crank. 300hp, 350ft/lb torque and 2700-2800 pounds. Like the GT350 w/ blown 289 back in the day. Keep the V8 beast, and introduce a the "SixR" as a "back to basics" pony car. It wouldn't offend the V8 crowd with better numbers, it would bring the ford fleet closer to the obscene numbers the EPA wants and it would take the GT's emaciated V6 brother to it's own competent niche. the world likes light RWD handling monsters, and the US isn't any different.
Rhaman 12/13/2012
It shall be a winner. I wonder how many miles per gallon would a sixteen year old driver get driving this car?
Art B 11/25/2012
now that it has 3 cylinders how about 3 doors! I would like a 3dr. in the USA please
Adam 11/21/2012
First ever 3 cylinder in 109 years huh? I refer you to the Ford Aspire, granted the engine wasn't Ford's design it was still in a Ford.
Gary R 11/20/2012
lotsa mpg, no electric
Yanko K 11/20/2012
Fiesta definitely in Fiesta. It look nice in suitcase, but I have got this strange feeling that if the officer close the suitcase lid this gadget will make one round of the world with 1 liter fuel.
Michael B 11/20/2012
Could we see this in Focus, too?
11/20/2012
If anyone can pull off an amazing engine like this, it HAS to be FORD !
11/20/2012
Wow It would fit in the overhead compartment.
eddie digby 11/20/2012
it is about time. my first car was a 3 cylinder 4 speed ford festiva and i loved it. i will be one of the first in line for one. in the mean time i will be driving my third car which is a 97 geo metro.
Lisa theCarAddict 11/20/2012
Ahahah, nice! :D
Daniel 11/20/2012
Those are some impressive numbers for a 1.0 liter. Way to go Ford!
Rob F 11/19/2012
Finally in the US !
Ford 1.0-liter EcoBoost Engine is Heading to the L.A. Auto Show
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