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Ford reveals the facelifted Fiesta

New nose and fancy tech for the facelifted hatch...

Ford has released details of the facelifted 2013 Fiesta ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show in September. The refreshed Fiesta gets a moderate external lift, with lots of added tech coming too.

Design-wise, the most noticeable change on the 2013 Fiesta is the new nose. Featuring a somewhat Aston Martin-esque grille with flush horizontal bars and a low angular bumper featuring swept back foglight housings the new front end certainly looks more upmarket than before. The headlights are similar in shape to the old model but with the lowermost corner rounded off and they now feature in built daytime running LED lights. At the rear the only change are new internal graphics for the rear lights. There are also new alloy wheel designs.

The interior has stayed the same with the addition of some new trim colours, but then it always was one of the Fiesta’s strong points. There is however some new technology that makes its way into the small hatchback, such as Ford’s SYNC multimedia system, Active City Stop which stops the car when it anticipates an impact, and the intriguing MyKey.

MyKey gives the owner 2 keys with the car, one of which can be programmed to store a different set of parameters for the car. This is aimed at owners who have a recently qualified young driver also using the car, and when they use the key the car will have a limited top speed, limited volume level for the audio system, the audio won’t come on unless all seatbelts are fastened, and the ESP and traction systems are locked on.

Another significant update is the introduction of the amazing three cylinder 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol engine with 99 or 118 bhp variants. This engine should yield over 70 mpg and less than 100 g/km of CO2. Also available will be the new 1.5 litre diesel engine with 74 bhp borrowed from the B-MAX. This will be available in more power outputs later next year.

Also coming next year will be the Fiesta ST which will be powered by a larger 1.6 litre EcoBoost engine producing 176 bhp. Prices will be announced after the Paris show.

Images courtesy of Ford

 

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more