2014 Fiesta to Get 3-Cylinder Engine as Ford Mulls Diesels for Focus

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood
SAN FRANCISCO, April 20, 2010–The 2011 Ford Fiesta offers 15 class-exclusive technologies, including a 4-inch multifunctional display, SYNCi with Traffic, Directions, and Information services, 7-standard airbags and projected 40 miles per gallon. It will be available this summer as a 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback. Photo by: Sam VarnHagen/Ford Motor Co. (04/21/2010)

Due for a refresh in 2014, Ford’s sub-compact Fiesta is set to get a new ultra-efficient gasoline engine that will deliver fuel economy better than many hybrids.

That new engine is a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder EcoBoost powerplan, using both turbocharging and direct-injection to make 123-hp and as much as 49-mpg. AutoGuide recently had a chance to test drive the engine, but in the larger and heavier Focus platform and we came away impressed. We called it “responsive, peppy even,” though criticisms include it feeling and sounding like a diesel. Still, if it can deliver that fuel economy and performance in the Focus, it should be even better in the tiny Fiesta.

Using EcoBoost technology to deliver maximum fuel economy, Ford is also preparing to use it to deliver a performance Fiesta, recently confirming to AutoGuide that a Fiesta ST hot hatch is on its way.

And as Ford searches for ways to further improve the fuel economy of its product line, the 1.0L EcoBoost engine is currently under consideration for the model while rumors have also surfaced that engineers and executives are studying the possibility of a diesel engine for the US market.

[Source: Automotive News]

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. Find Colum on <a href="http://www.google.com">Twitter.</a>

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  • BogBrick BogBrick on Nov 20, 2012

    Volkswagon has a Golf/Polo BlueMotion which is sold only in Europe. It has a 3-cylinder, 1-liter turbo diesel and can get close to 70 mpg. For should build a comparable car w/ a 1-liter turbo diesel. Better mileage than hybrids, lower price, can run on bio diesel. Hey Ford...are you listening. I've already spoken with VW USA marketing and they have NO PLANS to bring their Polo BlueMotion to the USA, which leaves the field wide open for you!!! If you build it, I will buy it. -Bob, Irvine, CA.

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    • ANONYMOUS ANONYMOUS on Feb 18, 2013

      I WOULD BUT IT: 2 CYLINDER OR 3 CYLINDER IS BEST TYPE OF CAR TO HAVE & EVEN BETTER IF IT IS DIESEL WOULD MAKE IT SUPER BEST CAR TO HAVE!

  • Blarg Blarg on Jul 25, 2014

    James K - not true. We rented a mitsubishi 3 cyl turbo diesel hatch over in Europe. It was peppy, affordable and handled great. About 50 or so mpg. And this was back in the 80s. Now it's 2014 I'd love to buy one here, nobody makes them. I don't know why, but it's really a shame, people would flock to these reasonably performing, low cost, high MPG diesel hatchbacks.

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