2014 Ford Fiesta Adds 3-Cylinder EcoBoost

Aimed at the California market, the Los Angeles International Auto Show is the most fuel conscious of the major auto shows. Ford is taking the opportunity to introduce a 3 cylinder version of it’s updated 2014 Fiesta.

A few days ago, Ford made waves when it brought the engine to LA from Detroit in a suitcase. We all knew which car it would find its way into, and now it has been made official. While most would think they would be sacrificing power, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost actually adds power. Official numbers come in at 123 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque.

The torque figure in particular is impressive. It is up by 36 lb-ft over the 2013’s naturally-aspirated 1.6-liter 4-cylinder. This will become the Fiesta’s standard engine and Ford says that when it goes on sale it will be the most fuel efficient non-hybrid in the United States. That means EPA figures over 45 mpg and likely above.

That is Prius-level fuel economy and the Fiesta is cheaper, more stylish, and a lot more fun to drive. Sounds like a winner. Changes to the Fiesta for 2014 include a redesigned front grille and fascia with new headlights. The result is a lot more refined than the more cartoonish look of the 2013. Ford is keeping the Fiesta fresh and these changes will keep sales momentum up next year.

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Tony Pimpo is a young automotive journalist who lives in Northern California. He believes the future of the automotive industry will depend in a large part on the recommendation of enthusiasts and Generation Y. More than ever, automakers lately have realized the power of Gen Y. Not only in regards to buying power, but in driving opinion and spreading a brand’s message through the internet and various forms of social media. His appreciation for cars formed at an early age, thanks to his dad, who has always been involved with cars in different ways over the years. Tony has contributed to various websites in his pursuits, and is on staff at GMInsideNews, where he has been writing since the age of 12.

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