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Ford ditching three-cylinder EcoBoost engine for Fiesta in U.S.

Sven Gustafson

Cheap gasoline and Americans' insatiable appetite for big SUVs and trucks continue to wreak havoc on automakers' once-rosy plans for small cars in the U.S. Case in point: Ford will reportedly do away with its heralded 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine as an option in the 2018 Fiesta subcompact.

The tiny workhorse earned Autoblog's praises back in 2014 as a Technology of the Year finalist for its combination of power (123 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque) and impressive fuel economy. It'll live on in other global markets but won't return as an option in the U.S. market based on low demand, the website CarsDirect reports. We reached out to a Ford spokesman for more information and will update this if we hear back.

As we've previously written, the Fiesta is a global car that's fared better in overseas markets than in the U.S., where cheap gas prices have helped nudge consumers back to SUVs and pickups. There have even been suggestions the subcompact might not be offered in the U.S. at all.

The decision to drop the three-cylinder EcoBoost as an option leaves the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder as the only option for U.S. Fiesta buyers. Yet the three-cylinder delivers 36 more pound-feet of torque and 3 more horses. It also outperforms on fuel economy, with an EPA rating of 31 mpg city and 43 on the highway, compared to 27/35.

Ford also offers a three-cylinder 1.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine for the 2018 Fiesta ST that delivers 197 horsepower, though that one won't be sold in the U.S. either (sad trombone). The automaker still lists the 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost as an option on the 2018 Focus sedan and hatch, which will be available domestically.

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