The 2014 Ford Fiesta, which was unveiled at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, has been spotted testing. Painted in a Paprika red colour scheme, the car was a top-of the-line variant and was spotted around Ford’s factory in Chennai.
The 2014 Ford Fiesta is just a facelift of the current model and is influenced by the European model. It continues to use the current car’s platform with some prominent cosmetic changes like the new front fascia which houses a large, chrome garnished Aston Martin-esque front grille, a new set of angular headlamps, a new bonnet and redesigned fog lamps. The rear gets a redesigned tail lamp cluster, a new bootlid and bumper with a chrome inserts and claddings. The interiors also get a makeover with a new piano black centre console, high-gloss finish for the instrument panel and a redesigned steering wheel.
Feature list of the new Fiesta has been updated with an improved SYNC system, App Link, automatic headlights and wipers as well as a start/stop button for the top-end variants. The car is expected to retain the current car’s engine lineup, made up of a 1.5-litre petrol unit and a 1.5-litre diesel unit. While the former produces 108bhp and 140Nm of torque, the diesel unit produces 89bhp and 204Nm of torque. Both engines are available with five-speed manual gearbox, though the petrol also gets the option of a six-speed automatic gearbox.
It was speculated earlier that the 2014 Fiesta would be launched by the third week of this month, but there still is uncertainty around the exact launch date. The car will be pitted against the Hyundai Verna, the new Honda City, Volkswagen Vento and the Maruti SX4 in the C-Segment. Ford will have to come up with competitive pricing strategy for the new Fiesta to make sure it doesn’t end up the same way as the current car, which has found few takers due to its high price compared to its rivals.
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