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2011 Ford Fiesta U.S.-spec – Click above for image gallery

Did our friends in the great, frostbitten north just jump the gun by half a week and reveal the 2011 North American Ford Fiesta ahead of its upcoming LA Auto Show debut? Boy we kinda hope not. Well, specifically, we hope the the little five-door fire cracker we've come to know and love (largely thanks to the well-executed Fiesta Movement) doesn't get this new grille. It's by no means a deal breaker, but it's just not as uncluttered and sharp looking as the Euro-Fiesta's simple face. Meanwhile, the Fiesta sedan gets FoMoCo's three-bar grille up front, and resembles a Yaris sedan everywhere else.

There are also some enormous chrome scoops/intakes fore of the front wheels where the fog lamps on the Euro cars used to reside. Purpose? No idea, but we have to imagine that fog lamps would have served a more purposeful purpose. We have to say that we hope the loss of the fog lamps isn't an indication that the Fiesta is getting decontented for our market.

One of the reasons (admittedly of many) that we fell so head over heals for the Fiesta is that it provided big car sophistication in a little car package. American car companies have for decades been of the mind set that if you opt to buy a small car, you should suffer (quite literally) the consequences. The Fiesta looked to be a break from that mentality. Hopefully it still is.

There is a weird sliver of history that provides a silver lining. There is a longstanding tradition of releasing slightly different models in Canada than we get here in the U.S. This always struck us as weird since half of Quebec runs across the border to buy cigarettes in Vermont every week. Anyhow, remember the Pontiac Parisienne – a Chevy badged as a Pontiac with fancy seats that helped make Pontiac the number three selling brand in Canada for decades. Here's hoping we get the full Euro-Fiesta south of the 49th Parallel.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Canadian like compact/subcompacts!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know I am gonna catch hell for this but...

      I don't hate the 3 bar grille in this application... (I don't love it either).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Couldn't care less about 'content' inside the car. As long as it drives like the Euro version and we get a hatch, I'm a pretty happy camper.

        The nose/grill is fine. The chrome where the foglamps should be... well... I'm sure they come off easy. I have a paint & body shop if anyone needs their car de-chromed *laughs*
      • 5 Years Ago
      Color me impressed, I think the US/Canada version looks better than the Euro spec, save for the large swatches of chrome on the side of the bumper.

      And it has amber side indicators. YES!! YES!! Thank you! I want one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually, they've got one at a mall in Toronto. There's a contest to win one. They're letting people inside to check it out and everything.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who knows what we'll get? The notchback pictures show the three-bar grille, while the hatchbacks don't. If it's the former, let's hope that the aftermarket steps up with Euro-style grilles and bumber covers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the grill is Ford's lame attempt to lend a "Ford face" to the car. But Ford has always had difficulty with such integration. The three bar grills on the Taurus and Fusion and the Focus (oops, they forgot a bar) aren't even in the same universe. The Fiesta rendition is yet another completely different look. Chevrolet and Buick have been able to adopt a family grill so that there is no confusion anymore as to what brand is coming down the road. Audi and BMW and Mercedes have been able to do this for decades. I like the new Fords, but Ford has been talking about adopting a Ford look for its cars for a long time. All attempts so far have failed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think for all companies, putting a corporate face on your low-end, popular cars is a risk because if you do it, it starts to make all your cars look alike. It's not such a bad thing with low-production cars (think of all the identical Aston Martins) because you don't see nearly as many of those on the road. But with the low-end cars they are numerous and thus if they share a look it makes it seem as if your company's cars all are just clones of each other.

        I think this applies heavily to Chevy too and we'll see how bad it gets as the Cruze rolls out looking like the Aveo and the Malibu.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well...so much for Ford not screwing it up.

      Grille looks horrid (as do all variations of that three-bar grille), and the fog lights are terrible.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think the changes make that big of a difference at all.

      Sure, the extra chrome where the fog lights should be, look funny(nothing a little sand paper, primer and black paint can't fix), but in my opinion the way Ford integrated the rest of the chrome treatment in the upper and lower sections of the grille are quite tasteful for a car in this price range.

      Also this car still looks significantly better than anything else in this range, including the Honda Fit(in the Edmunds Insideline comparison it made the Fit look a dowdy)

      http://www.insideline.com/ford/fiesta/2009/comparison-test-2009-ford-fiesta-titanium-vs-2009-honda-fit-sport.html
        • 5 Years Ago
        Black spots wouldn't look great in that area either.

        As to the aftermarket offering bumper covers, changing the bumper cover on your car is expensive because you have to paint it when you do so. By far, different front and rear bumper covers are a popular mod with those who got in a fender bender and need to replace and repaint already, but not with those who have their car in good condition already.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Only time will tell! BUT, I highly doubt Ford is dropping the ball on anything with their recent track record of success!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saw it coming, yet it's still disappointing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I mentioned how ugly it was going to be awhile ago after the spy shots came out and got down voted to oblivion, everyone was saying that the 3 bar grill was an IMPROVEMENT. My how times have changed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford was letting people drive the Fiesta at the Phx "Auto Show" this past weekend. I did not get to see it cause when you bring a 3 year old and they get cranky you go home before other people start wondering what kind of parent you are. But I think it was the Euro version hatch at least the one I saw from the parking garage. I did hear one guy say there was a 4 door but without confirmation who knows.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was there, but I didn't see any 4-doors. Just the Euro hatch. I test drove the manual. Fun little car!
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