Ford confirms production intent for 1.0-liter EcoBoost in near future

Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford Asia Pacific and Africa (APA), has confirmed at the Beijing Auto Show that the all-new three-cylinder, 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine found in the Start Concept is bound for volume production in the near future.

Wasting little time from its world debut, a Ford executive has now confirmed production intent for the diminutive EcoBoost engine found in the all-new Ford Start Concept vehicle.

In the Start Concept, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost is paired with a six-speed manual transmission, but in production form the EcoBoost will likely also be available with the six-speed dual-clutch dry transmission, dubbed Powershift, which makes its debut in the 2011 Ford Fiesta.

Inside sources have also confirmed to Leftlane that the smallest EcoBoost offering yet will likely boast EPA fuel economy ratings a few miles per gallon higher than the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder found in the Ford Fiesta, which is rated at 30 city, and as high as 40 highway mpg.

Ford has yet to divulge specific power ratings or fuel economy figures for its recently introduced 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, but the automaker did say the EcoBoost engine will have power output similar to the 1.6-liter four-cylinder in the Fiesta. The U.S.-spec Fiesta's engine was recently certified at 120 horsepower and 112 lb-ft of torque.

Ford has not confirmed production intent for the Start Concept, or which vehicle(s) may have the 1.0-liter EcoBoost available, but Leftlane's sources have suggested that the Fiesta will very likely have the smallest EcoBoost engine yet on its option list in the not-so-distant future.