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As you’d guess, it’s also fuel efficient, which is the primary reason why Ford has announced it will be offered in the 2014 Ford Fiesta as an alternative to the base model's 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine.
Ford has gone to great lengths to ensure better driveability from its 1.0-liter EcoBoost than consumers typically associate with three-cylinder engines. The current Smart ForTwo relies on a 70-horsepower, 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine, and past models such as the Subaru Justy, Geo Metro and the ironically named Chevy Sprint previously relied on triples as well.
None were known for their refinement, which is why Ford has equipped its EcoBoost triple with an “unbalanced” flywheel to counter the engines uneven pulses. With a diesel-like torque curve (peak torque hits at just 1,400 rpm) the baby EcoBoost isn’t likely to feel underpowered in the Fiesta, either.
Look for Ford to unveil the 2014 Fiesta with the optional 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine at next week’s Los Angeles Auto Show, with sales beginning in 2013.
We’ll bring you more details on this and other models as part of our comprehensive 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show coverage.
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