New Ford Fiesta 3-Cylinder Engine Now Delivers More Power and Torque!
Every automaker is striving hard to achieve more power and yet lower the fuel consumption, and now Ford will be revealing a 3-cylinder engine this week that could spark a new trend for smaller engines.
The tiny turbo, which will be appearing in the Fiesta model, will be one among the popular debutants anticipated at the L.A. Auto Show. It will be revealed to the media on Wednesday and for the public on Friday. Before the show, Ford offered a test drive of the new car to Los Angeles Times.
The Times compared the new car to the 3-cylinder Volkswagen Up! offered in Europe and few other small-car rivals.
The 3-cylinder is a gasoline-only substitute to fuel-sippers using hybrid, electric power or diesel, and might become common. VW Up! also comes with a refined 3-cylinder engine that portend well for the future of 3-cylinders in America.
BMW is using the 3-cylinder engine in a hybrid vehicle, which it is planning to bring to the United States and also in its line of small cars. The only car, which is offering the 3-cylinder in the U.S., is the 2-seat mini car Smart Fortwo, but the sales of the car is not more.
Small engines can give good fuel economy, competing gas-electric hybrids and exceeding the current standard 40 mpg on highways for the small car division.
Ford hopes that the new zippy 3-cylinder Fiesta will be a winner as it produces more power than the current 4-cylinder model. The tiny 1.0 litre engine generates 148 pound-foot of torque and 128 hp of power when compared to the 1.6-litre 4-cylinder model’s 120-hp of power and torque of around 110 pound-feet.
Ford’s Global Group marketing manager, Amy Marentic says that people can’t trust the small engine to generate that torque and horsepower.
The power is due to the turbocharging, a technology that had consistency issues but is becoming general. Ford has used particularly the turbo in many of its new models like the full-sized trucks to gain fuel economy.
The new Fiesta is surely an economy car and in turns it holds on to the road properly. Small engines are bit noisy and the new Fiesta is not a quiet car. But, it succeeds the issue when compared to its rivals, Hyundai Accent or Honda Fit.
The manual transmission is easy and smooth to shift. Ford hasn’t spoken about the automatic transmission it will be using for the turbo Fiesta.
The new Fiesta is expected to hit the U.S. market in the second half of 2013. The price is not set by the company but it is likely to be in the $14,000-$16,000 range. If its adds turbo option to the car, then it may have $1000 extra price than the original Fiesta.