2011 Ford Fiesta Bows at L.A. Show

3 Dec 2009 | 1,034 views | No Comment
Up until now, we’ve been seeing a lot of the European version of Ford’s upcoming Fiesta subcompact. But all that changed this week as the U.S. version of the little car was unveiled at the Los Angeles International Auto show. As it turns out, it’s just about identical to the European version, except for wider seats, different transmission, and a few other odds and ends. Still, no matter how you cut it, the new Fiesta promises to be a hip, fun-to-drive small car that should sell well—and compete well with other subcompacts that don’t have quite the verve and style that the Fiesta has. It will be available in four and five door versions, and Ford claims it will have 15 technologies that ordinarily are not seen on subcompacts, at least in this country. Ford also says it will have class leading fuel economy, getting 40 miles per gallon on the highway, which beats the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris and Corolla. Fiesta carries a strong family resemblance to some of the upcoming new Ford models, and it also carries strong hints of Ford’s dramatic new Taurus sedan. You’ll see the familiar blue oval badge over the inverted trapezoid lower grille opening that has come to be associated with Ford products. The headlights are particularly dramatic, and give a muscular, modern look up front. Inside, a highlight is the center stack, with a contemporary looking, dramatic theme to it, with expensive looking satin brush metal accents. There are bucket seats combined with a 60/40 split second row seat, and there are leather trim options available on high line models. There’s also ambient lighting available, intuitive switchgear—and on the SE model, you’ll see fabric  inserts that are made  partly with recycled content. Under the hood will be a 119 horsepower 1.6 liter four cylinder engine. There will be a six speed automatic transmission with an exclusive “PowerShift” feature, as Ford calls it, offering the availability opf manual shifting from the dual clutch with an automatic transmission. Ford’s popular SYNC system, that integrates a driver’s mobile phone with the car’s onboard, voice-activated communications and entertainment system will also be offered on the Fiesta. The Fiesta is expected to go on sale this spring.

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