First Ford unveiled its new EcoBoost 3-cylinder at the Beijing Auto Show, then came reports that we would get it, followed by reports that we wouldn’t. The latest news on the subject suggests Ford wants to bring it to North America but that there’s no car suitable for it yet. According to a report by Automotive News, an unnamed Ford exec told the news outlet that, “For North America, it is a ways off. It certainly has been talked about to come here, but there is not a vehicle for it yet.”
When we first heard about the EcoBoost 1.0-liter 3-cylinder we surmised that it could be a suitable powerplant for the new Fiesta. After all, Ford says the EcoBoost 3-cylinder makes roughly the power of a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder – which just so happens to be what’s in the Fiesta right now – with 120-hp.
While in our recent review of the new Fiesta we did comment that it’s engine was lacking in power, considering an EcoBoost motor should get added torque, it seems strange that Ford still doesn’t see the Fiesta as a suitable platform. Instead, we’ll have to wait to see if Ford ever decides to bring over it’s Ka mini-car (above). And while that may sound like a far-fetched idea, with the Fiat 500 set to debut this year and Nissan planning to launch the new Micra in North America, anthing is possible
[Source: Automotive News via Autoblog Green]