-Exterior looks great, all is as expected. But the sedan is HUGE! 173 inches is pretty much the same length as the Mk1 Focus sedan isn't it? The hatch has grown about 5 inches over the EU model because of the new bumpers, but that's no big deal. I'm seeing a pretty wide variety of wheel options, including some straight from FoE.
-New steering wheel looks good, not as sporty as the EU's but a bit more upscale. Gauges are intact, excellent, the entire upper dash appears to be carried over, in fact...but the entire lower half of the dashboard has been redesigned. It definitely looks a bit cheaper; the bottom area with the climate controls seems to have been moved forward a bit, and the bottom half of the dash does not fall away as steeply as the European dash. It's odd that they would bother changing that area at all, but I assume there's a reason. It's nice to see the center stack controls and gauges carry over though, they still look fantastic.
One concern about the interior: the upper dash looks like hard plastic, as I had feared. The texture definitely seems different. It's not a huge deal since this is a cheap car, but it would be dissapointing for the Fiesta to lose such a nice feature.
I agree. The dash does look like hard plastic as opposed to the nice soft touch dash on the Euro Fiesta. So far though, everything looks very nice. The hatchback still looks far more appealing than the sedan.
Now that I've gotten over my "information overload" I want to share a little more about how I got these. Back in the summer I was doing a Google image search and found one of the images form the Fiesta flash animation sitting by itself. I clicked on it, and then cut the URL back to the directory and found a text file listing all the other images they had. Late this afternoon, I had the idea of finding that URL again. I found it (this time by going through page source code), and amazingly it was fully stocked with files for this coming week's launch.
As far as I know everything I did was above board and legal. Most importantly I only posted links to the files. Posting the files themselves would probably be illegal. I strongly advise that no one posts these files directly anywhere. When Ford discovers this, someone will be mad.
I develop websites for a living and that's how I knew how to look for this. I'm very surprised someone just made these publicly available. I make it a priority in my work to prevent these things from happening.