New technology for 2013 Ford Fiesta revealed

Highlights of the 2013 Fiesta’s technical specifications include the new full leather-rim steering wheel introduced for the first time and the five inch central colour display to accompany the Fiesta’s first integrated satellite navigation system.

Another key new feature is the safety gadget called Active City Stop, which is part of a £250 optional Driver Assistance Pack.

The Active City Stop operates sensors whilst the Fiesta travels at speeds of up to 10mph and help minimise the effect of impacts at speeds of up to 20mph. These sensors work by continuously capturing 15 images of the road ahead, which are used to calculate whether traffic is slowing or has stopped.

The Active City Stop will automatically apply the Fiesta’s brakes if it detects a collision involving a stationary or moving object is imminent.

The 2013 Fiesta will also be Ford’s first supermini to sport the company’s MyKey technology system, aimed mainly at young drivers.

With Ford’s MyKey onboard, parents will be able to set a limit to the top speed of the Fiesta and restrict the audio volume for other drivers.

Audio sources are even muted until the seatbelts are fastened. Seatbelt reminders are standard inside the new Fiesta and with MyKey settings onboard it can be applied so that this reminder can’t be disabled.

Certain driver aids can also be prevented from being switched off, including features such as the Electronic Stability Control and the Active City Stop which detects and attempts to prevent imminent low-speed collisions.

The MyKey function will also allow users to set programmed chimes to be played between speeds of 40mph to 80mph, and can set earlier low-fuel warnings then standard.

The 2013 Ford Fiesta is available to order next month, and it will be available from Perrys Ford Dealerships located in Aylesbury and High Wycombe. Prices expected to start in a region of £9,795, and first deliveries will arrive in January next year.