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.