The high-efficiency, small-displacement 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine is now available in the 2014 Ford Fiesta, and the fuel economy results look good. The EcoBoost Fiesta returned EPA fuel ratings of 32 city and 45 highway, putting it firmly in diesel and hybrid territory.
This is a win for the 1.0 EcoBoost engine, which is making its U.S. debut. The tiny three-cylinder engine is rated at 123 horsepower thanks to direct fuel injection, variable valve timeng and turbocharging, allowing it to offer power significantly higher than its displacement would suggest. An overboost function boosts torque from 125 pound-feet to 145 for bursts of up to fifteen seconds, when additional grunt is needed. The engine has been extremely popular in Europe, where it’s offered in both the Focus and Fiesta.
When equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, the Fiesta’s SE Manual EcoBoost package adds a collection of aerodynamic efficiency aids, including a rear spoiler, side deflectors, underbody shielding and a blocked-off lower grille. Low rolling-resistance tires are also part of the package.
“With the new Fiesta 1.0-liter EcoBoost we’re pushing into fuel economy numbers only seen on hybrids and diesels,” said Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of the Americas at Ford. “Coupled with the new Fiesta ST, Fiesta covers the performance-efficiency continuum in the subcompact segment better than any other nameplate in the market.”
Other new features on the Fiesta for 2014 include Ford’s MyKey parental-lockout feature, which can be used to set limits for teenagers including maximum speed, seatbelt requirements and other safety features. Ford’s MyFord Touch infotainment system is also available in the Fiesta, providing voice-command control and a 6.5-inch touch screen.