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Ford Fiesta
Ford continues to milk the benefits of turbocharging

The automotive industry is quickly embracing turbocharging technology for gasoline engines which was once relegated to sports cars and luxury vehicles in an effort to improve fuel efficiency. Now vehicles ranging from "lowly" Chevrolet Cruze compact sedans to Ford F-150s (as witnessed by our article earlier today) are jumping on the bandwagon. 

A little over a year ago, Ford debuted its Start concept car which featured a brand new three-cylinder EcoBoost engine. While the vehicle is (and likely will remain) a concept, the engine has now been approved for production

The tiny 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine is turbocharged (obviously) and features an offset crankshaft to help improve fuel economy. It also features a split cooling system to warm up the cylinder block before the cylinder heads. In addition, other EcoBoost staples like direct injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing are included. The engine also weighs less than the current 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine used in the Fiesta

All of this technology means that the tiny 1.0-liter engine puts out the same or better power as a normally aspirated 1.6-liter engine while achieving “much higher fuel economy and lower emissions”. 

“No one’s ever built a three-cylinder engine quite like this," said Joe Bakaj, Ford VP of Global Powertrain Engineering

“Consumers are telling us they want to buy affordable vehicles that get many more miles per gallon,” said Kuzak. “Our new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine will give consumers looking for hybrid-like fuel economy a new, more affordable choice.” 

Ford isn't ready to provide EPA numbers for the 1.0-liter EcoBoost just yet, but the company said that it will get much better fuel economy than the already good 30 mpg city/40 mpg highway rating of the Fiesta with the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine.

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RE: Nice idea
By Brandon Hill on 6/2/2011 4:06:35 PM , Rating: 1
A base Ford Fusion starts around $20,000. The Fusion Hybrid starts around $29,000. That's a pretty big price gap.

Now if Ford could do an EcoBoost 4-banger that could get close to 40 mpg highway for $20,000, that would be awesome.

RE: Nice idea
By Shig on 6/2/2011 4:16:07 PM , Rating: 2
True Brandon, but the Fusion Hybrid forces you to get some of those ripoff 'luxury' package items. The hybrid margin is much closer.

The true battle is this engine vs. the 1.4L 4cylinder ecotech(Cruze / Volt). Ford is basically saying we can beat you with one less cylinder.

RE: Nice idea
By FITCamaro on 6/2/2011 4:45:48 PM , Rating: 2
The Cruze and Volt are bigger vehicles than the Fiesta.

Ford says the 3 cylinder has the same power as their 1.6L which is 119 hp and 105 lb ft. Chevy's turbo 1.4L makes 140ish hp and similar torque. That's 100 hp per liter roughly vs the 120 of this 3 cylinder.

RE: Nice idea
By omnicronx on 6/2/2011 5:38:48 PM , Rating: 2
Not really, the Cruze is in the same category as the Focus, not the Fiesta.

GM does not really have any presense as it currently stands in the sub compact market.

Furthermore the 1.4L V4 found on the Cruze is a 6 speed. The new Focus has around the same gas mileage with a naturally aspired engine that puts out 20 more HP.

Ford seems to have multiple strategies and it depends on the area in which you reside. The Euro focus for example comes equipped with a 1.6L Ecoboost engine, while as previously mentioned the North American Focus comes with a naturally aspired 2.0L V4..

RE: Nice idea
By omnicronx on 6/2/2011 5:41:12 PM , Rating: 2
Forgot about the Aveo...

Though I don't think I'm the first one to completely disregard that POS ;)

RE: Nice idea
By Brandon Hill on 6/2/2011 6:34:30 PM , Rating: 1
The Aveo is being replaced by the Sonic:

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