Ford updates the Fiesta

These are the first pictures of the updated Ford Fiesta that will be launched at the Paris Motor Show later this month.

Externally, there is a new front treatment with a prominent trapezoid-shaped grille that is expected to become a new Ford signature, repeated on the forthcoming Mondeo replacement. This is flanked by new headlights, which Ford describe as “laser cut”, incorporating LED daytime running lights.

New Ford Fiesta

But much of the focus is on technology. The new Fiesta is equipped with ‘Ford SYNC’ – a voice-activated connectivity system. This allows users to set up phone calls and choose music from mobile devices connected by Bluetooth or USB. It also includes Emergency Assistance, which connects the vehicle occupants to local emergency services operators, following an accident. Apparently it also uses the correct language for the region. Active City Stop will also be available.

Still on the technology theme, the latest Fiesta will mark the European debut of Ford’s MyKey system. It enables parents in particular to encourage safer driving, but configuring maximum speed and audio limits. It also mutes the radio until the seat belts are fastened and ensures that driver aids and alerts cannot be deactivated.

Among the power units will be the one-litre EcoBoost petrol engine that is expected to deliver best-in-class fuel economy.
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