2014 Ford Fiesta To Get 1.0-Liter EcoBoost Engine, Ford Confirms
- The 2014 Ford Fiesta will be the first car in the U.S. to get Ford's 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, the automaker confirmed on Monday.
- The EPA has not yet released fuel-economy numbers on the 2014 Fiesta with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine.
- Ford said the Fiesta with the optional engine "is expected to be certified as the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car available in the United States."
DEARBORN, Michigan — The 2014 Ford Fiesta will be the first car in the U.S. to get Ford's 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, the automaker confirmed on Monday. The smallest engine that Ford has ever built is calculated to give the company an edge in the intensifying fuel-economy war among automakers.
Ford said the EcoBoost engine will be an option on the 2014 Fiesta, but has not yet set prices. It noted that adding an EcoBoosst engine costs about $995 in most Ford vehicles today.
Ford projects that the 1.0-liter EcoBoost will produce 123 horsepower.
"Most customers are not going to be thinking about the number of cylinders under the hood when they drive the new 1.0-liter EcoBoost Fiesta," said Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president of powertrain engineering, in a statement. "They'll notice an extremely smooth and quiet idle, terrific acceleration accompanied by a sporty sound at high revs, and — most importantly — outstanding fuel economy."
The EPA has not yet released fuel-economy numbers on the 2014 Fiesta with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine.
Ford said the Fiesta with the optional engine "is expected to be certified as the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car available in the United States."
The announcement was anticipated. Ford told Edmunds in 2011 that the Ford Fiesta was expected to get the fuel-saving engine.
The base 2013 Ford Fiesta gets respectable fuel-economy numbers, but falls just short of the 40-mpg Holy Grail.
The EPA says the base 2013 Fiesta with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic transmission returns 29 mpg in city driving and 39 mpg on the highway. The uplevel 2013 Ford Fiesta SFE with the 1.6-liter engine returns 29 mpg in city driving and 40 mpg on the highway.
The 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is the smallest engine currently offered on the Fiesta.
Confirmation of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine in the 2014 Fiesta comes at a time when gas prices have fallen in recent weeks. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Tuesday pegged the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline at $3.41 versus $3.67 a month ago.
Edmunds says: The new EcoBoost option will make the Fiesta even more attractive to a broader range of shoppers.