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US-Market Ford Fiesta To Drop The 1.0L EcoBoost Option


Ford has decided to pull the plug on the 1.0-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine in the US-market Ford Fiesta subcompact due to a lack of demand, Motor Trend reports. The award-winning three-pot engine punches above its weight, making up to 123 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque, but sales of cars – especially small ones – are down, and a buzzy little three-cylinder seems especially poorly-suited to American tastes.

For US buyers, this leaves two engine options in the Ford Fiesta: a normally-aspirated, 1.6-liter four-cylinder, or the turbocharged 1.6L EcoBoost of the performance-oriented Ford Fiesta ST. The former engine produces 120 peak horsepower along with up to 112 lb-ft and doesn’t achieve quite the same fuel economy, but it costs $1,000 less.

As far as we know, the 1.0L EcoBoost three-cylinder will continue to be offered in the larger Ford Focus in the US.

The 1.0L’s discontinuation in the US-market Ford Fiesta is unfortunate, but the subcompact car likely isn’t long for this world anyway. A brand-new iteration was unveiled last year in Germany for the European market, but Ford has yet to provide any indication that it intends to bring the model stateside.


Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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