After yesterday’s reveal of the Audi A1 lookalike Ford Start Concept, comes word that the car’s tiny EcoBoost engine will make its way to North America. Ford won’t say what the direct-injection turbocharged 4-cylinder will find its way into, and we have to think the only possible candidate right now is the Fiesta.
Ford claims the EcoBoost 3-cylinder makes roughly the same amount of power as a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder (about 125-hp) – which is more than the Fiesta makes now, with just 119-hp. There’s no word on torque numbers either, but as a turbocharged motor we’d expect them to be close to the horsepower output, which would make for an even faster Fiesta – which dramatically better fuel economy. Plus, the reduced weight would improve both acceleration and fuel economy further, while also helping out in the handling and braking categories.
It’s entirely possible Ford’s EcoBoost 3-cylinder won’t arrive for quite some time and could be delivered in some other tiny car (like a production Start Concept aimed at the Fiat 500), or perhaps it will be mated to a hybrid setup in a larger vehicle.
GALLERY: Ford Start Concept
[Source: Car & Driver]