The 2014 Ford Fiesta has been spotted undergoing trials for quite some time now and the launch of the car is just around the corner. Now, it has been officially confirmed that the new Fiesta will be available in three variants – Ambiente, Trend and Titanium. As speculated earlier, the new Fiesta will be available only with a diesel engine, and the petrol variants will be added later.
The Fiesta will continue to employ the previous car’s four-cylinder 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine. This engine produces 90bhp and 204Nm of torque and is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Stopping power is provided by ventilated disc brakes at the front and self adjusting drums at the rear. Alloy wheels will be offered only on the Titanium variant while the other two only get steel rims with wheel covers.
The Titanium variant gets extra chrome trims in the rear bumper and on the side, auto headlamps, electrically foldable OVRMs, reverse parking sensors and push button start/stop system with keyless entry. The leather wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio controls, an audio system with AUX-in and USB are offered only in the top two variants while Ford’s SYNC infotainment system with voice control is available only in Titanium.
Ford hasn’t skimped on the safety equipment and all three variants come fitted with driver airbags and ABS with EBD while the top two variants also get passenger airbags. Defogger, electronic power steering, central locking and engine immobiliser are also standard in all variants.
Though the Fiesta is one of the best looking cars in the segment, it has always been overshadowed by other good value-for-money offerings like the Hyundai Verna and more recently, the Honda City. With this new car, Ford has improved in the design department, though the price will be a key aspect which will decide the fate of this car. Once launched, the Fiesta facelift will also rival other C Segment sedans like the Volkswagen Vento, Renault Scala, Fiat Linea, Maruti Suzuki SX4 and Nissan Sunny.