The 2010 Beijing Auto Show is in full swing and the news coming out of the show is not only positive, but is also causing a little bit of a shake up in the automotive industry. Why? Well, as Inside Line put it, “Ford dropped a major bombshell…” That bombshell happened to be a new EcoBoost™ direct injection 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine that just happened to be tucked into the engine compartment of the new Ford Start Concept.

2011 Ford Fiesta sedan

2011 Ford Fiesta sedan

The engine isn’t as shocking to most people as the fact that it is a production bound engine. Just to make sure we are all on-board, that basically implies that Ford has kept this under wraps for a while without to much press. The new engine is supposed to produce somewhere in the neighborhood of 120 hp and we expect that they will improve on the 1.6-liter’s fuel consumption figures of 29/38 mpg city/highway.

Now we would like to sweeten the story by proposing the idea that the reason this engine will be so revolutionary is that it could be placed in the Ford Fiesta down the road for the U.S. market. We know that Ford wants to put EcoBoost in all of its vehicles in the future and the horsepower rating for the new 1.0-liter EcoBoost is expected to be right in-line with the current engine powering the 2011 Ford Fiesta. So are we seeing the future before it actually happens? Time will tell, but for now keep an eye out for developing news and keep checking back here with AllSmallCars.com for the latest.

 

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