The Ford Fiesta was launched for the Indian market in 2011. It replaced the previous generation car which then became the Fiesta Classic and eventually just Classic. It is a completely new car and has been derived from the hatchback both of which are a part of the American automaker’s global cars portfolio.
The Ford Fiesta sedan has been designed using the kinetic design philosophy and was the first vehicle based on this philosophy to be launched in India. The front gets triple barrel headlights, revised air dam and a prominent position for the Ford blue oval badge. On the sides, the prominently flared wheels arches give the car a squat stance. Thanks to the forward sloping body line the flared arches go quite well with the rest of car.
While the front has decently sharp lines, the rear looks more rounded and thanks to the design of the kinetic philosophy the C-Pillar flows into the boot giving the impression that it has been purposely designed that way and not just a boot on hatch job.
The interiors too have adapted this design language. The quality of plastics seems to be much higher and the amount of kit being offered even with the most basic of variants is much higher than that of the previous car.
The Ford Fiesta is offered with one 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engine. While the former produces 110PS and 140Nm of torque, the oil burner produces 89PS and 204Nm of torque. Transmission options include a five-speed manual or a six-speed dual clutch automatic (petrol only). All variants have at least one dual stage airbag as well as ABS with EBD as standard.
Standard features on the Fiesta include fabric seats, tilt adjustment for the steering and central locking. However, on the higher spec variants, the Fiesta is also offered with climate control, leather seats and audio controls on the steering wheel. We expect that Ford will soon begin offering their patented SYNC technology with the Fiesta also.
The Fiesta competes in the C-Segment with models like the Honda City, VW Vento, Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid, Maruti SX4, Renault Scala and Fiat Linea.