Ford has lifted the veil off of the revamped 2013 Fiesta hatchback ahead of its scheduled public debut in Paris later this month.
The biggest change for 2013 is a new front end that is inspired by Ford's Kinetic design language. The Fiesta gains a smaller trapezoidal grille and more angular headlights that incorporate a row of LED running lights, styling cues that give the popular hatchback a look that is reminiscent of the pint-sized Europe-only Ka.
Around back the only modification worth mentioning is a set of redesigned tail lamps.
Precious little changes on the inside but Ford has added new equipment and new trim levels. The Fiesta is now available with the next generation of Ford's SYNC infotainment system as well as MyKey, a safety feature that allows parents to limit the speed and the audio volume when their kids borrow the car. Offered in Europe for the first time, MyKey will gradually make its way to other members of the Ford lineup.
Buyers will be able to order the Fiesta with an automatic braking system that stops the car if it senses a low-speed collision is imminent, another first for the hatchback.
The mechanical details that Ford has released are very vague but the 2013 Fiesta will likely be offered with the new 1.0-liter three-cylinder Ecoboost mill as well as the 1.5-liter turbodiesel four-banger that is found in the B-Max compact minivan.
After debuting in Paris, the European-spec Fiesta hatchback will go on sale across Europe early next year.
The U.S.-spec version of the car is rumored to greet the public for the first time at next fall's Los Angeles Motor Show.