Ford Fiesta Restyle
(Wednesday 5 September 2012)
Ford has given the Fiesta its first facelift since the supermini - by far the most-registered car currently on sale in the UK - was launched back in 2008.
In its new form, the Fiesta now has a trapezoidal front grille, "laser-cut" headlights and a revised bonnet. There are several interior changes too.
But it's not all about the looks. The Fiesta is also about to become available with the one-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost turbo petrol engine which recently made its debut in the Focus. Active City Stop, which aims to help drivers avoid low-speed collisions, is also being introduced, as is the Ford SYNC system whose features include Emergency Assist, a way of contacting emergency service operators after an accident.
On top of all that, the revised Fiesta will be the first European Ford to be sold with MyKey. This is all about reining-in the enthusiasm of younger drivers, and allows owners to limit the maximum speed of the car and the volume level of its audio system when their children are behind the wheel. It also mutes the audio if the seatbelts aren't fastened, and makes sure that safety systems can't be deactivated.
The Fiesta will be presented to several thousand Ford dealers at an event in Amsterdam tomorrow, and will make its public debut at the Paris Show later in the month.