By Drew Johnson
Monday, Nov 19th, 2012 @ 4:08 pm
 

Ford has confirmed that it will offer its latest 1.0L EcoBoost three-cylinder engine in the North American-spec 2014 Fiesta sub-compact. The 2014 Ford Fiesta is scheduled to hit North American showrooms sometime next year.

On sale in Europe for the last several months, the 2014 Fiesta will mark Ford's first application of the turbocharged three-cylinder in the North American market. Ford currently offers four- and six-cylinder versions of its EcoBoost engine range in North America.

Although small in size, the 1.0L will develop a healthy 123 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. The EPA has yet to certify the 2014 Fiesta EcoBoost, but Ford promises the car will deliver "the best fuel economy of any non-hybrid car sold in America." The Volkswagen Passat TDI is currently tops in the United States with a highway fuel economy rating of 43mpg.

"Customers are going to be pleasantly surprised at what the smallest member of the EcoBoost engine family can do," said Joe Bakaj, Ford vice president of Powertrain Engineering. "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. 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."

Ford has yet to announce pricing for the EcoBoost option, but the Dearborn-based automaker noted that the three-cylinder typically tacks on about $995 to the price of the Fiesta in other global markets.

The 2014 Ford Fiesta EcoBoost is expected to make its U.S. debut either later this month at the Los Angeles auto show or in early January at the Detroit auto show.