Ford Fiesta to get 3-cylinder engine in 2014(Read article summary)
Ford Fiesta owners in the US will have the option of ordering Ford's EcoBoost engine. The engine delivers 123 horsepower, but fits under an airline seat
As youâ€™d guess, itâ€™s alsoÂ fuel efficient, which is the primary reason why Ford has announced it will be offered in the 2014Â Ford FiestaÂ as an alternative to the base model's 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine.
Ford has gone to great lengths to ensure better driveability from its 1.0-liter EcoBoost than consumers typically associate with three-cylinder engines. The currentÂ Smart ForTwoÂ relies on a 70-horsepower, 1.0-literÂ three-cylinder engine, and past models such as theÂ SubaruÂ Justy, Geo Metro and the ironically named Chevy Sprint previously relied on triples as well.
None were known for their refinement, which is why Ford has equipped its EcoBoost triple with an â€śunbalancedâ€ť flywheel to counter the engines uneven pulses. With a diesel-like torque curve (peak torque hits at just 1,400 rpm) the baby EcoBoost isnâ€™t likely to feel underpowered in the Fiesta, either.
Look for Ford to unveil the 2014 Fiesta with the optional 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine at next weekâ€™s Los Angeles Auto Show, with sales beginning in 2013.
Weâ€™ll bring you more details on this and other models as part of our comprehensive 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show coverage.