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by Tim Beissmann

The 2013 Ford Fiesta has been officially revealed just hours after the first images of the updated city car appeared online.

The refreshed Fiesta will make its public debut at Ford’s ‘Go Further’ event in Amsterdam, the Netherlands tomorrow alongside the all-new Ford Mondeo and a number of other new vehicles and technologies from the blue oval.

The full range will be revealed at the 2012 Paris motor show later this month before it goes in sale in Australia around the middle of 2013.

The 2013 Ford Fiesta introduces a number of new technologies including the brand’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine, SYNC voice-activated connectivity system, Active City Stop low-speed automatic braking and MyKey programmable safety system.

The 1.0-litre engine is available in tune states of tune: one with 74kW and 170Nm, the other with 88-92kW and up to 200Nm on overboost.

Ford says new Fiesta variants equipped with the three-cylinder EcoBoost engine should deliver class-leading fuel economy.

First seen in Australia in the Focus MkII, SYNC allows owners to connect their smartphones via Bluetooth or USB and use voice commands to make and receive calls and listen to music. SYNC also includes an Emergency Assistance function, which automatically calls local emergency services operators if the car is involved in a crash.

MyKey allows parents to encourage (or rather, enforce) safer driving on their children, giving them the power to set maximum speed and volume limits on a particular set of keys.

The 2013 Fiesta gets a fresh face with a new hexagonal chrome grille, reshaped bonnet and headlights and LED daytime running lights.

The tail-lights feature mildly revised lenses while the interior scores modest upgrades with new materials and plastics and slight ergonomic improvements.

Full Australian prices and specifications will be revealed closer to the Fiesta’s local launch in 2013.




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