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Click above for gallery of high-res Ford Fiesta spy shots

The question of whether or not Ford will offer the upcoming Fiesta in the U.S. as a three- or five-door hatchback is still unanswered, but we do know that a four-door sedan version is on the way. And here it is, recently snapped by spy photographers in Dearborn, MI. Though this prototype is wearing heavy cladding, its clear that the design will stick closely to what was previewed with the Verve sedan concept. Also note the sharp forward rake of the beltline, which gives the car a very high rear trunk lid and might lead to a sense of claustrophobia for rear seat passengers who can barely see out. Nevertheless, we're ready for Ford to reenter the small car market with a bang when the production Fiesta sedan arrives sometime later next year.



[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      WTF is up with the proportions?

      Mazda2 > Ford Fiesta
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's called camouflage cladding. Which FWIW, makes the back end remind me of a Prius.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Looks a little bulky. Where do you think this will fit in: below the Focus or inbetween the Focus and Fusion?

        Price-wise, of course.
      Dtown
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw this car on I-75 in Metro Detroit about a month ago with no camo on it at all. Looked like crap. Drove next to it for about 4 miles.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sedan, 5 door, 3 door??? Yes, Yes, and Yes. Maybe even a small suv based on the Fiesta platform, all of which can and will be assembled together at the same plant. For a product to be profitable and to build the brand Ford must market more than one body style and utilize the platform to spread the costs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, in Brazil they have a small XUV called EcoSport based on the European Ford Fusion, which is in turn based on the Fiesta... if you're lucky they'll make one from this next generation of Fiesta too. When I found out about it I was kinda surprised that they don't offer it in other markets, it'd sell like hotcakes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's just a matter of opinion. It's a fact that hatches are typically an automaker's cheapest, crummiest, bargain bin products. Think... Aveo, Versa, Fit, Vibe, Yaris, Caliber. Americans still shudder thinking about the mangled collection of body parts they'd become if they were to be in an accident involving a Ford Aspire and a Dodge Ram Powerwagon.


      The only reason hatches are popular in Europe is that everyone has a little car so people don't feel so dopey being one of many.

      The only reason the 3 and 5 door Fiesta is good looking because it DOESN'T look like a typical hatchback.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not true IMO EVan. Hatchbacks can be very sporty (think the first ford focus), its just that they need to be offered with higher optional trim and Americans need to get over their stigmas that hatchbacks have to be bottom of the barrel.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Add my voice to the chorus of dismay that predictably we're getting but the four-door sedan. While I think we're right to lament the withheld hatchbacks because they look better, I think that misses a bigger point. By my own armchair product-planner dictates, the New Fiesta and the New Escort sorry Focus should be sold here as hatchbacks only.

      Think for a minute, dissenters. Why should the compact Fords fill the same existential space as a Honda, or a Saturn, or a Volkswagen, or even her own smarter, prettier sisters at Mazda?

      Call me a kook but I kind of like that Ford, Chevrolet, and Dodge fill out the vast expanse. They should. That's their mission in life. I know we all whinge about the cheap plastics in the cabins and the short lists of equipment, but that's sort of their point.

      What a prolix way to say that while I too am grateful that the Fiesta is coming west, I too am sore that we may buy it only with a trunk, which makes only indefensible sense to me. While I'm at it, every Cobalt and Aveo should be hatch only, and every Caliber should include a tachometer.

      And don't even get me started on the shortage of stick shifts.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope Ford doesn't make the same mistake as Toyota did with the Yaris by having a 5DR outside the US but not brought to the US and only having a 3DR and an ugly 4DR only.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Weird, I was under the impression it was sold as a 5-door in the US as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      We need to stop basing our comments on this poorly camo-ed prototype and remember how much we all liked the Verve sedan concept a couple of months ago. This may not look exactly like that concept but it will be pretty close. Note to Ford: take the camo off these things, you're not hiding anything and its creating negative buzz.
      MikeJ
      • 6 Years Ago
      They are definitely going way down hill with the styling on this one. The current Euro Fiesta is a fantastic looking car, way to mess up a good thing Ford.
        MikeJ
        • 6 Years Ago
        @MikeJ
        No, I can not see through the Camo, but since Ford has displayed the new Fiesta 3 door, I am 100% sure it is uglier than the current Fiesta by quite a bit. I'll take a current Fiesta ST over anything in Ford's product line.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @MikeJ
        What?

        So, who are you Superman? You can see right thru the cladding on this mule? Amazing!

        You and the other guy that could see the bumpers and protest that they screwed them up should band together and fight crime or something.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Glen... your killing me!!! You better be careful shooting on Ford property or your going to end up with a nice tresspassing lawsuit... You know I could have got the same shots, But I decided to take the high road. I'll see you around. Brian Williams
      • 6 Years Ago
      from the looks of it ... its gonna keep the same looks as the Verve concept....which i really liked...ill take a sedan...as long as a hatch of some sort is available as well...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Please, don't sell it in America. We're not worthy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      All I can say is of course Ford wouldn't want to give us a decent looking car they would rather give us ass ugly cars like the "New Focus" and the "New Taurus" I put that in quotations because neither car is really new just with "New" Ugly! sheetmetal, Instead of bring us the nice looking hatch the will bring a crappy sedan without the European motors WHAT A BUNCH OF LAME ARSES!
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