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Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost Axed in the U.S.

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/30/2017 Motor Trend Staff
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The STis definitely our favorite version of the Ford Fiesta, butit's far from the only one that's fun to drive. In fact, the Fiesta with the smallest engineFord puts in a car ended up being an absolute blast. Its tiny 1.0-liter turbocharged I-3 only makes 123 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque, but it's remarkably refined and a hoot to wring out. Sadly, it won't be an option for U.S. customersanymore.

In an email, Ford told us thatif you want to buy a Fiesta, you'll only have two engines to choose from: a naturally aspirated inline-four andthe ST's turbocharged four. The three-cylinder has been dropped fromthe U.S. Fiesta lineup. Ford says this decision was made "based on customer demand."

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Considering how much we enjoyed that little 1.0-liter, this is disappointing news. But at the same time, it was probably inevitable. Subcompact sales are down overall in the U.S., and the three-cylinder cost about $1,000 more than the base engine. It offered more torque and better fuel economy, but the mpg gains were minimal. Plus, while an automatic was added later, the 1.0-liter Fiesta was originally launched with a manual transmission as your only option.

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So if you were waiting to pull the trigger on a new 1.0-liter Fiesta, go ahead and get one while you can. If you just want the novelty of owning a three-cylinder car (and not necessarily a fun one), the engine also appears to still be available in the 2017 Focus.

Source: Ford

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