Ford showcases facelifted Fiesta
Sharper face, award-winning Ecoboost engine and special tech to curb wily teenagers
Posted: 06 Sep 2012
This is the new Ford Fiesta. And it is like a little mobile parent.
Ford has revealed its rather delectable little supermini - a version of which helped our Jeremy storm a beach with the help of some marines a while ago on TG telly - has been subject to the surgeon's scalpel, but also the attention of stern parents.
Because it debuts special new technology that will help prevent your troublesome teens from wreaking havoc on Britain's roads. The new Fiesta features something called ‘MyKey', which allows parents to configure the car in a way that Ford reckons "limits risk at the wheel".
Owners can set the top speed and audio volume limits, as well as muting the music until seat belts are fastened, each of which cannot be deactivated. It also sets the driver aids and safety systems, so your progeny receives the warm blanket of Ford's protection.
This sharper Fiesta will also now feature the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine - the recipient don't forget, of the 2012 International Engine of the Year award - previously only available in the Focus. That diddy three-pot petrol is rather awesome; it helped a 500kg Formula Ford race around the ‘Ring quicker than a ruddy Enzo.
Ford has lavished in-car connectivity (Bluetooth, voice-activated calls, etc) as well as a system designed to prevent low speed collisions called ‘Active City Stop'. Any more assistance and you're in the realms of a Philip K Dick version of a dystopian future where Fiestas literally control your brain.
More details will be revealed when the new Fiesta takes the stand at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. Have a click through the pics and tell us if you think the facelift was worth it...