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2011 US Ford Fiesta officially detailed: delivers 119 HP with 40 mpg fuel economy


After seeing multiple sets of leaked photos of its US-spec Fiesta model, Ford finally decided to make it official and detail the new model which will be available next year in the USA, after achieving record sales in Europe and Asia.

Available in two bodystyles, the classic hatchback, which retains most of the looks of its European cousin, but also a sedan, which was revealed for the Chinese market earlier this year, the Fiesta hasn’t seen many obvious changes, except for the fog lights, which are replaced by a strip of LED lights, encased in an aluminum-finished space.

But the most important thing is the engine of the new US Fiesta, which is a 1.6-liter DOHC I-4 unit, which delivers 119 HP with 109 lb-ft of torque. What’s most impressive about the unit is that it averages a highway economy figure of 40 mpg, besting many of its compact hatchback rivals. This is largely due to the new PowerShift six-speed automatic transmission, which promises the fuel efficiency of a manual, but also the convenience of a normal automatic.

Overall, the new US-spec Fiesta will certainly make many customers interested in either of its variants, and will continue to bring Ford plenty of profit. What say you US readers? Is the new Fiesta on your radar? Leave a comment with your thoughts and enjoy the photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery: 2011 Ford Fiesta

Source: Ford