Nov 19 2012, 4:04pm CST | by Shane McGlaun
Many automakers are going to vehicles with hybrid systems and electrics to help meet the looming EPA fuel efficiency standards across the fleets. However, it may not be more batteries that is the answer to meeting those fleet wide fuel economy standards as much is it is smaller engines in some vehicles. Ford is planning to stuff a tiny one-liter three-cylinder engine under the hood of the 2014 Fiesta.
The little engine will be a EcoBoost unit sporting turbocharging promising the same sort of power you would get from a standard four-cylinder engine. Specifically Ford promises that the little motor will be able to generate 123 hp and 148 pound-foot of torque. That is indeed the same power numbers that we typically see from small naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines.
There's no indication of exactly how fuel-efficient the little engine would be. But, knowing how efficient the EcoBoost engines are overall I'd wager were looking at better than hybrid fuel economy numbers with this tiny little engine. I'd also bet the little engine is good for even more oomph with a custom tune.
Shane is a self described car aficionado. He loves muscle cars, but also knows how green cars work. He has years of experience in testing cars and writes about cars with deeply felt emotions.
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