I am somewhat shocked by today's developments. I'm having a bit of trouble interpreting the front fascia. It looks like the hood ends at the same point on the headlights thus the upper grille is now lower and maybe slightly larger than the current grille. The painted insert beneath the Ford oval seems more vertical than on the EU model, and could have the illusion of enlarging the grille a la the Fiesta R2. I think I'm a fan--the lower arc of the headlight seems to be a lateral extension of the lower portion of the upper insert as I had hoped.
I believe the front will look even cleaner without the front license plate holder. Sadly, this will be required in many states, though the fortunate ones in rear plate only states and those willing to risk running only one plate will enjoy the unobstructed, discreet chrome trim of the lower grille. I'll be very interested to see if it will be possible to remove the solid plastic portion of the lower grille, but that's for another day. Sadly, it doesn't seem that the headlights are projector beams, but I could be wrong or this could be a lower-model range. As for the side chrome sections, where are the fog lights? Seems like they'd have to be an unusual shape, or maybe LED fogs are coming to Ford's B-segment? Maybe a bit much chrome, but it's not the best way to tell with bare metal and no wheels on the body.
Sunroof looks like a definite as the cutout can be seen in several shots. Looking at the steel unibody has me thinking--are sedans more structurally sound and rigid than hatchbacks? Brian, I expect you know a lot about this topic. The sedan benefits from a significant steel cross-member at the C-pillar that the hatch cannot accommodate. Finally, there does not appear to be a hole in the front of the roof for an antenna, so maybe it's going to be at the rear possibly to house an optional satellite radio option?
At the rear of the hatch, the line beginning on the forward end of the taillight curving down to form the top of the bumper seems to be longer, suggesting the change to slightly larger--deeper--bumpers which should also improve its 5-mph crash performance (at which the Fit is dismal as I would suspect the EU Fiesta would be as well given the short distance to the hatch). The reflectors are very pleasantly seen and help to decrease the visual height of the rear of the car. It's not possible to tell if these reflectors will be on the sedan, but that could help with its even taller appearing rear. It seems odd that the sedan would get amber rear turn signals and not the hatch, but it's definitely looking like this hatch's lenses are solid red. Hopefully, it is not a signal lamp unit as it appears to have at least two bulbs, but I will still hold out hope for the amber units as in the EU. Plus, where will the backup lights be if the lenses are all red? I'm sure Ford isn't planning on having a single clear light on the left lens, and placing them low in the bumper would mean an extra part and wiring segment making that unlikely. So where is it hiding?
According to the article, production begins Q1 2010. Overall, this front fascia is quite appealing from the one shot, though I'd probably alter the side vents a bit if it were all up to me.