Refreshed 2013 Ford Fiesta Revealed In Amsterdam
6 September 2012 - Autoblog
Set for a live reveal at a special product event in Amsterdam this afternoon, the 2013 Ford Fiesta offers freshened looks, a host of new technology and a lot more for global small car drivers.
Sharp-eyed readers will quickly notice that Ford has downsized its trapezoidal front grille – as seen on the revised Fusion and Taurus – to augment the aggressiveness of the new Fiesta's schnoz. Angular headlights offer LED elements while bracketing a new "power-dome" design on the car's hood.
For the European market the company is touting its three-cylinder 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine as the bread-and-butter powerplant. That frugal turbo mill is expected to give the Fiesta best-in-class fuel economy in the highly competitive European small car market, though the automaker has yet to report official consumption figures.
The revised Fiesta brings with it, happily, a new version of the pocket-rocket Fiesta ST, too. That little speed machine will make use of a 182-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, as well as electronic torque vectoring, and looks like it will be a total hoot to drive for old-world hoons.
The 2013 Fiesta is set to be packed with premium technologies, as well. Ford's well-known SYNC infotainment system will be available, of course, along with such niceties as the Active City Stop system, which proposes to help drivers avoid low-speed collisions. What's more, the MyKey system will be available for Euro customers for the first time. This technology allows owners to configure maximum speed limits, audio controls and enables all safety aids – ostensibly to be used by protective parents to rein in unseasoned young drivers. (And to think, all our parents had were threats of violence and cheap gas.)