DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co.'s new EcoBoost 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine will go into global production in about three years.
But the timetable for a U.S. version likely will wait for the proper vehicle.
“For North America, it is a ways off,” said a Ford source who is familiar with the engine. “It certainly has been talked about to come here, but there is not a vehicle for it yet.”
One vehicle that has been talked about for the U.S. market that could accommodate the engine is the next-generation Ka, a front-drive car that is smaller than the 2011 Fiesta. The Ka is sold in Europe.
Ford unveiled the three-cylinder engine and the Ford Start concept on Thursday at the 2010 Beijing auto show. The timetable for the engine was not announced at the show, however.
The Start is a stylish two-passenger concept. Exterior body panels are made from deformable, pre-colored recyclable materials. Natural sisal fiber is used to form the interior panels.
During the unveiling in Beijing, Ford said the horsepower and torque would be comparable to a normally aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. Specific ratings were not announced.
The 1.0-liter engine will use a cast iron block, cast aluminum cylinder head and cast aluminum sump. A 10:1 compression ratio is expected. Ford said the engine is designed for small vehicles, such as the Start concept.
The Ford source said: “When you think about markets like South America, India, it is a perfect engine.”