New Ford Fiesta revealed
The new Ford Fiesta, which goes on sale later this year priced from £9795, has been given cosmetic and technical upgrades which should appeal to parents and young drivers alike.
The most obvious visual update is at the front of the car where the Fiesta now has the same grille as the new B-Max
MPV and the next year's new Mondeo family car.
In the cabin, new materials and more metallic trim give a classier look which will help the Fiesta compete against the Peugeot 208
, the new Renault Clio and the VW Polo
. Otherwise, only tiny tweaks have been made to the layout, such as a slight repositioning of the door-mounted window switches, which Ford says improves ergonomics.
More notable perhaps is the range of new high-tech features in the new Fiesta. Ford's MyKey system, which is likely to come as standard, allows parents to set maximum speed and audio volume limits for different drivers. It also mutes audio sources until the seatbelts are fastened and stop driver aids and safety systems from being turned off.
Ford Sync is a new system that allows voice activation of various functions. It even reads out incoming text messages and allows the driver to respond with a series of pre-set messages using only their voice.
With the focus still on safety, Active City Stop, similar to systems already available in Volkswagen Up's and various Volvo models, uses sensors to detect what's in front of the car and can apply the brakes at low speed to help prevent a collision.
Ford's three-cylinder 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine will be added to the updated Fiesta range. It'll be available in 99bhp and 118bhp forms to begin with; a new 84bhp version is expected to arrive later. Technical specifications are yet to be confirmed, but Ford insiders suggest that this new entry-level engine could have CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.