Raining on the new Golfâ€™s parade, Ford has released a facelifted version of the Fiesta. The new car features new front end styling, added interior equipment and the new 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine.
The Fiestaâ€™s new face is dominated by a trapezoidal front grille, bracketed by laser-cut headlamps with daytime running lamps that use LED technology, and features a power-dome bonnet design.
Fiesta will be bringing advanced features to a greater number of drivers for the first time â€“ and will be unique among its competitors in featuring Active City Stop, a system designed to help drivers avoid low speed collisions.
Ford SYNC in-car connectivity system enables owners to voice-activate phone calls and music selection from devices connected via Bluetooth or USB. The SYNC system includes Emergency Assistance, which directly connects the vehicle occupants to local emergency services operators after an accident, in the correct language for the region.
The new Fiesta will also feature MyKey, which will enable parents in particular to encourage safer driving and limit their teenagerâ€™s exposure to risk at the wheel. The system allows owners to configure maximum speed and audio volume limits. It also mutes audio until seat belts are fastened and ensures driver aids, safety systems and more vigorous alerts cannot be deactivated when used.
The 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine is the 2012 â€śInternational Engine of the Yearâ€ť and is expected to be Fordâ€™s draw card for saving on fuel costs.
Ford will reveal more details about the new European Fiesta range at the Paris Motor Show in September.