Facelifted Ford Fiesta gains Sync, parental controls, 1-litre 3-cyl engine

Ahead of its public unveiling at the Paris Motor Show, Ford has revealed its facelifted Fiesta, which gains not only a Mondeo-style makeover, but also plenty of interesting tech.

The revised Fiesta now features Sync, giving drivers access to voice control for their Bluetooth phone or connected media device. The system will also send out distress calls to emergency services if the car’s involved in a serious-enough accident.

Another new tech feature is MyKey, which allows parents to set a maximum speed and audio volume when the car is used with their children’s keys. Via MyKey parents can also ensure that safety systems and driving aids cannot be switched off.

Under the hood buyers can now opt for a 1-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that develops either 72kW or 92kW of power.

Among the cosmetic changes are new tail-lights and front-end styling that includes an Aston Martin-style grille and reshaped headlights with LED daytime driving lights.

Ford has yet to confirm when the facelifted Fiesta will arrive in Australia, let alone which features may or may not be lost in transit, although we’d put our house on Sync making it down under.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]