DETROIT -- When the 2011 Ford Fiesta launches, it will be missing one of Ford Motor Co.’s most promoted technologies. But an EcoBoost engine is on the horizon for the new subcompact.
“It’s coming,” Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president of global product development, told Automotive News.
The Fiesta will go on sale next summer, powered by a naturally aspirated, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine producing 119 hp and 109 pounds-feet of torque. A turbocharged, direct-injection engine -- hallmarks of the EcoBoost name -- will come later, but Kuzak wouldn’t say when.
Ford has confirmed it will launch a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine beginning in the European Ford C-Max in 2010. It’s unclear whether the EcoBoost engine for the U.S. Fiesta will be 1.6 liters or smaller. In Europe, the Fiesta is available with naturally aspirated gasoline engines with displacements of 1.6, 1.4 and 1.25 liters.
By 2012, Ford says it will produce 1.3 million EcoBoost engines globally, including 750,000 in the United States. By 2013, EcoBoost is on tap to be available in 90 percent of Ford’s global vehicle lineup.