The Ford Fiesta enters the 2013 model year with some updates. The small hatchback gets a few cosmetic changes inside and out, a new engine and a host of new tech features.
Let’s start with the obvious — the 2013 Fiesta is now adorned with the Aston Martin-inspired front grille that was first seen on the latest Ford Fusion / Mondeo, and it looks good wearing it. Other exterior highlights include revised headlamps with LED technology and a new hood design.
Interior updates include a new layout for the switchgear, which improves overall ergonomics. There is also a slew of new tech features, including the MyKey system, which allows owners to configure maximum speed and audio volume limits, mutes audio until seat belts are fastened and ensures that driver aids, safety systems and more vigorous alerts cannot be deactivated when used. Also present is the Ford SYNC voice-activated in-car connectivity system and an Active City Stop system that helps drivers avoid low-speed collisions.
In Europe, the 2013 Fiesta will be available with Ford’s all-new 1.0-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine, which can be tuned to produce 99-hp or 118-hp. A 1.5-liter diesel engine making 74-hp will also be available.
As the only model in the lineup to get chassis updates, the performance-oriented Fiesta ST will be powered by a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine making up to 177-hp.