Driving Ford’s newest (and smallest) EcoBoost

Ford has been on a mission recently to downsize engines across its lineup. “Larger” engines are still available, but Ford has made a point to offer similar power with fewer cylinders via turbocharging. For example, the 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 in the F-150 pickup is available as an alternative to the traditional 5.L V8 and the Explorer is available with a 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder as an alternative to the traditional 3.5L V6.

Ford has taken this downsizing to the next level by offering a 1.0L inline three-cylinder EcoBoost turbocharged engine in the Fiesta. The three-cylinder layout reduces rotating mass and allows for an extremely light and compact engine. The block can fit into a carry-on suitcase and weighs just 75 pounds. Fully dressed and ready for work, the 1.0L powerhouse weighs just 215 pounds!

The tiny, low-inertia turbo boosts power up to 123 horsepower and 125 lb.-ft. of torque. This is three horsepower and 36 lb.-ft. more than the normally aspirated 1.6L four-cylinder. It’s also worth noting that there is up to 148 lb.-ft. of torque available for short bursts during wide-open throttle via an overboost function.

Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost

2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost
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