Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Ford brings its A-game to the B-segment. USDM Fiesta specs announced.
The first reports about the 2011 Ford Fiesta are coming out of the LA Auto Show, and they're good. For starters, the Fiesta will come with a 1.6 liter engine making 119 hp and 109 ft./lbs. or torque, mated to either a five-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic. The DOHC engine features Ford's Ti-VCT, or Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing. All this goodness also means frugality at the pump, and Ford went all-out: 30 MPG city and 40 MPG highway with the automatic. That's class leading.
Also class leading is the Fiesta's interior, which looks nearly unchanged compared to the Euro-spec models—a very good thing. There's cloth or leather seats with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat; available ambient lighting; soft-touch dash materials, and more.
Other notable features include Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS); front, side, and class-exclusive knee airbags; and available SYNC technology.
Also of note: The silver fog-lamp looking things: They're apparently LED light strips. That's pretty cool.
First impressions suggest that Ford has a winner on its hands. Now we'll have to see if there are enough takers in the U.S. Personally, I think it's the right car, the right time, and the right company.