Coming to America: Ford's 3-cylinder Fiesta

Automotive News reports on Ford's plan to sell a three-cylinder version of its Fiesta in the U.S.

Ford Fiesta
It's logical: Ford's Fiesta gets a 3-cylinder engine. Ford

Ford will bring a three-cylinder Fiesta to America. All it took was a little deductive reasoning to figure that out. Various Ford executives have dropped hints--or pointedly not ruled it out as U.S. gasoline prices rose toward $4 a gallon this year.

And Ford has developed a new 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine dripping with Ford's EcoBoost fuel-sipping technology: turbocharging, variable valve timing, offset crankshaft and other goodies.

So here's the logic for a U.S. three-banger Fiesta:

--Production of the 1.0-liter engine starts in Europe in the spring of 2012.

--The three-cylinder engine will be offered in the United States, Ford power-train executive Greg Johnson said last week.

--Ford says it fits only in its three global small cars: the Ka, Figo, and Fiesta.

--Ford will not sell the Ka or Figo in the United States. The Ka, made at Fiat's Tychy, Poland, plant, is too small; and the India-built Figo is a Fiesta derivative aimed at developing markets.

No word on timing. Ford hasn't rated the 1.0-liter's output. But Johnson said Ford's new turbo designs are approaching 120 hp per liter.

The output of the U.S. Fiesta's current 1.6-liter four: 120 hp.

(Source: Automotive News)


Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Don't Miss
Hot Products
Trending on CNET


Mac running slow?

Boost your computer with these five useful tips that will clean up the clutter.