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Three-Cylinder Ford EcoBoost Engine Coming To U.S. Lineup

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Euro-spec 2011 Ford Fiesta on New York City side street

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The original Model T that helped elevate Ford Motor Co. [NYSE: F] among the world's top automakers might have had a four-cylinder engine under the hood, but the automaker has never built a production three—until today, when Ford officially revealed an all-new three-cylinder engine design.

In addition to being Ford's first three-cylinder, the new engine is the smallest one the automaker has ever built.

And this time, the smallest engine in the lineup won't be restricted to overseas; Ford says that the engine will "play an important role in North America," providing the same performance as a four-cylinder engine, but with higher gas mileage.

"Our new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine will give consumers looking for hybrid-like fuel economy a new, more affordable choice," said the company's global development chief, Derrick Kuzak, in a release. Kuzak also called the engine "a little dynamo."

The new three, which was designed at Ford's Dunton Technical Centre in the U.K., has an offset crank, which helps fuel economy, and a split-cooling system helps the block warm up before the cylinder head to help save fuel, especially in cold weather. Also, the exhaust manifold is cast right into the cylinder head—a feature that's beginning to appear on a number of new engines, to help save weight and lower the temperature of exhaust gases, as well as help it run with greater smoothness.

Ford's entire EcoBoost technology suite is employed here, meaning that the engine is turbocharged and direct-injected, and it has the automaker's twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) system.

Power and torque figures for the new engine haven't yet been released; neither has the exact product that will be seeing installation of the engine here in the U.S. It's likely the engine will be featured in a special high-mileage version of the Ford Fiesta, but the automaker hasn't ruled out bringing its urban-oriented Ford Ka minicompact—another high-mpg vehicle—to the U.S.

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  1. Ford offered a 1.0 liter supercharged engine in the Brazilian Fiesta in 2002.
     
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  2. can't wait!!!! I want a KA FORD with a One L. TURBO good IDEA... DO IT... I want to replace my ford festiva 1990.
     
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  3. Ford continues their adversion to diesel engines. They are leaving additional fuel mileage on the table by doing so.
     
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  4. KA is the size of Fiat 500; a little bit too small for North America
     
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  5. @kinder, I suspect that 1.0-liter in the Brazilian Fiesta was installed under agreement with another automaker. Ford has said this is the smallest one they've made.
    and @Bill, We continue to hear from automakers (Ford included) that diesel engines cost more -- especially in small cars -- and there's not enough demand (or a high enough price tag) to justify them. But somehow, VW can do it.
     
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  6. @io, It looks like, for the time being, Americans are ready to embrace city cars. The Fiat 500 is here; the Toyota/Scion iQ is coming; and although Ford hasn't confirmed any plans, the Ka would be a nice model to sell next to Focus and Fiesta lines -- especially if gas prices rise again.
     
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