2011 Ford Fiesta preview

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Ford’s hot-selling new Fiesta will deliver more than just great looks and top fuel economy in its segment when it goes on sale. The 2011 Fiesta – available in four- and five-door body styles – also will set a new small car benchmark for safety, connectivity and powertrain technology.


When developing the new Fiesta, Ford conducted extensive global customer research. Findings clearly indicated a desire for style topped customer lists everywhere in the world. In Europe, across North America and in the Asia Pacific region, customers are looking for a distinctively designed small car that offers world-class quality, convenience, comfort and connectivity.

“Fiesta was developed with customers, not just for them,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president for Global Product Development. “Fuel economy, spirited performance and efficient use of space are universal desires across global markets – and Fiesta delivers.”

Up front, Fiesta sports the global Ford face, centering the blue oval badge on the grille over the signature inverted trapezoid lower grille opening. These subtle cues engender familiarity across the portfolio, providing aesthetic linkage between the distinctive new Taurus, the fuel-efficient midsize Fusion and the bold Fiesta.

Adding eyes to the Fiesta face are sweeping, elongated headlamps that frame and connect the hood to muscular, sculpted front fenders. Available in sporty five-door hatchback or four-door sedan body styles, Fiesta provides ample space for occupants and their gear.

At the rear of the car, many design elements merge, including the chamfered liftgate glass, the low roofline sweeping into a spoiler, and dramatic taillamps with honeycomb detailing mounted high in the five-door’s corners. Muscular rear quarter panels, wrapped tightly, draw the eye to the wheels and Fiesta’s confident stance.

The car's flowing sculpted hood covers a 1.6-liter DOHC I-4 engine with 120 horsepower at 6,350 rpm and 112 ft.-lb. of torque at 5,000 rpm. Spirited performance and fuel efficiency are signature attributes, with Fiesta delivering projected best-in-class highway fuel economy of up to 40 mpg.

Fiesta’s advanced 1.6-liter engine features Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) allowing it to be downsized for fuel economy while continuously optimizing camshaft phasing for throttle response, performance and flexibility.

The Fiesta features a standard five-speed manual transaxle with gear ratios selected to offer spirited off-the-line performance and fuel economy for drivers who desire three pedals and a stick shift to maximize the driving experience.

We'll give you more details on the car once we manage to get our hands on it, but that could still be a while away!