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 |  Apr 29 2010, 11:13 AM

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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]

 |  Apr 23 2010, 1:08 PM

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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

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[Source: Car & Driver]

 |  Jan 06 2010, 12:26 PM

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The upcoming 2011 Ford Focus will get a tiny 1.2-liter EcoBoost engine, but not until several years into its production and probably not in North America. According to a report by Motor Trend, two new EcoBoost engines are planned by Ford, with the other being a 0.9-liter 3-cylinder engine which will make its way into the Fiesta.

The 1.2-liter motor, while most likely too small for the U.S., certainly wouldn’t disappoint, however, with an output of roughly 135-hp and 135 ft-lbs of torque. And with Chevy recently unveiling a new turbocharged 1.4-liter engine for the Cruze, if a 1.4-liter is possible, why not a 1.2?

As EcoBoost engines, both would be turbocharged and feature direct-injection.

For is putting a lot of focus on EcoBoost engines, as the downsizing effect naturally reduces the weight of the car – which means less horsepower is necessary to achieve the same acceleration. In addition, they reduce fuel consumption and emissions while the lower weight makes for a better handling car.

The new EcoBoost engines are expected in Europe during a mid-cycle refresh of the new Focus and Fiesta lines, replacing the current 1.6 and 1.8-liter motors.

In North America, Ford will soon deliver a 2.0-liter EcoBoost motor, capable of making 200-hp and 221 ft-lbs of torque. It is expected to replace many of the V6 offerings in vehicles like the Fusion and Escape. In addition, a new 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine with around 180-hp and 180 ft-lbs will arrive later this year in the new Focus-based C-Max MPV.

[Source: Motor Trend]