The FordClassic is one of the latest sedans by Ford in India. Ford Classic has a gracious appearance featuring crystal barrel headlamps, sleek body-line and integrated tail-lamps. Moreover, the on-drive experience is more comfortable in comparison to the conventional Ford.
The sleek upholstery and leather trims are elegantly designed. The 6 way adjustable cushioned seats ensure comfort along with luxurious driving experience. Another contrasting highlight of theFord Classic is the power mirrors that can be easily adjusted.
New Ford Classic is engineered and designed with precision to ensure safety and security of passengers. The car has an advanced anti-lock braking system with EBD and airbags for safety of passengers. Its body is made of steel having high degree of strength, while interiors feature anti-submarine seats along with ELR seatbelts.
Ford Classic is equipped with a powerful Duratec and Duratorq engines with advanced features such as general electronic module and power control module. Along with power-packed performance, Ford Classic has low fuel consumption, low emissions and critical engine diagnostics.
Launch History of Ford Classic
Ford India Private Limited, a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company introduced Ford in India in 2005. The subsidiary experienced success in the high-potential Indian market and has eventually become the 6th largest car manufacturer in India. Ford India launched Ford Classic in April 2011, which is positioned below its mid-size Fiesta sedan.
The dubbed version of 'Ford Classic' contends with Toyota Etios and Maruti Swift Dzire. These are launched all across the country and are made available to customers with the help of an extensive network of 170 dealers in India. Ford Classic in India is available in 6 variants, which include Classic 1.6 Duratec LXi, Classic 1.6 Duratec CLXi, Classic 1.6 Duratec SXi, Classic 1.4 TDCi LXi, Classic 1.4 TDCi CLXi and Classic 1.4 TDCi SXi.
Ford Classic has a simple appearance, with front resembling the existing model of new Ford Ford and rear resembling with Proton Saga. Ford Classic measures 4282 mm in length and 1686 mm in width.Ford Classic in India is available in petrol as well as diesel powered engine.
Ford Classic Variants
Presently,Ford Classic is available in 6 variants for Indian consumers, giving them enough options to choose as per their preference. The variants of Ford Classic in India can be primarily classified on the basis of fuel type. Its petrol variants are Classic 1.6 Duratec LXi, Classic 1.6 Duratec CLXi and Classic 1.6 Duratec SXi. On the other hand, diesel variants are Classic 1.4 TDCi LXi, Classic 1.4 TDCi CLXi and Classic 1.4 TDCi SXi.
| Engine Type || Variants || Features |
| Petrol || Ford Classic 1.6 Duratec LXi || The basic petrol variant of New Ford Classic is the 1.6 Duratec LXi, which is powered by 4 Cylinder In-Line 16V DOHC (Aluminium Alloy). This 1596 cc vehicle has a SEFI type fuel system and has a compression ratio of 9.75:1. Moreover, this variant of Classic delivers power of 101 bhp at 6500 rpm and has a torque capacity of 146 Nm at 3400 rpm. |
| Ford Classic 1.6 Duratec CLXi || Ford Classic 1.6 Duratec CLXi is armed with several advanced features to gain a distinction over basic variant, such as programmable keyless entry along with auto re-locking. Moreover, this variant features intelligent rear defogger, rear armrest and adjustable rear head rests. Driver and passenger mirrors along with tailgate handle are body coloured, which are conventional black coloured in Classic 1.6 Duratec LXi variant. |
| Ford Classic 1.6 Duratec SXi || This is the high-end variant in the petrol version that features anti-lock braking system (ABS) with EBD, front fog lamps and safety airbags. Comfort and convenience features of Ford Classic are rear armrest, adjustable rear head rests, electrically adjustable outside mirrors. Exterior of the top-end variant can also be differentiated from other variants as it features turn indicator on outside rear view mirror and has a body side moulding with chrome insert. |
| Diesel || Ford Classic 1.4 TDCi LXi || The basic diesel propelled variant of Ford Classic, Classic 1.4 TDCi LXi is powered by 4 cylinder In-Line, 8-V SOHC housed in aluminium alloy casing. It has high pressure common rail fuel combustion technology, which delivers power of 68 bhp at 4000 rpm and has a torque capacity of 160 Nm at 2000 rpm. Interiors of this variant are identical to Classic 1.6 Duratec LXi that features Ebony and Camel coloured co-ordinated interiors, fabric seat trim and self colour moulded finish console. |
| Ford Classic 1.4 TDCi CLXi || Along with features of basic diesel variant, Ford Classic 1.4 TDCi CLXi features programmable keyless entry with auto relock option in addition. Besides, it has polished interiors that has aluminium cuffs on steering wheel, leather wrapped steering wheel and a modern audio system. |
| Ford Classic 1.4 TDCi SXi || The top-end diesel propelled variant, Ford Classic 1.4 TDCi SXi features an advanced braking system in the form of anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD). Furthermore, electrically adjustable outside mirrors ensure convenience while driving. Other notable features are intelligent rear defogger, rear armrest and adjustable rear head rests. Its radiator grille is in metallic finish, while, it has a chrome scalp driver and passenger mirrors. |
Pricing of Ford Classic
New Ford Classic price ranges between Rs. 5.50 lacs and Rs. 8.20 lacs. This Classic model of Ford was tested in various overseas markets before introducting it in the Indian market. With respect to its pricing, this model is positioned below existing New Ford model. In its segment, Ford Classic is contending with Honda City, Volkswagen Vento and Hyundai Verna. The pricing of the car varies with the variation in features. New Ford Classic is available in six variants at the moment, which are distinguished on the basis of fuel type, safety features, comfort features and exteriors.
New Ford Classic 2011 is equipped with a power-packed engine, advanced central console and contrasting exteriors. The model rolled out recently in the month of April this year, has received a warm response of Indian consumers. These are reckoned for fuel efficiency, wherein its diesel variants deliver a mileage of 30 kmpl, while petrol versions have fuel average of 20 kmpl.
Quite popular in the price-conscious Indian automotive market, petrol variant of Ford Classic is priced between Rs. 5.50 lacs and Rs. 7.30 lacs. On the other hand, Ford Classic 2011 price ranges between Rs. 6.50 Lacs and Rs. 8.20 Lacs for diesel version.
New Ford Classic is rated quite high on various parameters, such as on-road performance, handling and suspension. The alterations made to the New Ford Classic 2011, like ergonomically placed seat adjustment lever, drilled pedals, stylish and sensible floor mat clips, arm rests and concave seat backs are the highlights. Furthermore, the passenger cabin of the Ford Classic has a sporty look and its central console is fitted with modern and user-friendly features.
Used Car Market for Ford Classic
Ford has not been the preferred car in since it commenced its operations in India. With not so well equipped models in the past and lacklustre performance in Indian automotive market, Ford has an average image among Indian customers. Ford Fiestahas been around in the market for quite some time now, but most of its variants have been revamped or discontinued. In the recent years, Ford has launched innovative models that have improved its stature in the market, including the used car market. Despite this, Ford models are valued comparatively lower in comparison to other well-established manufacturers of Indian automotive industry.
New Ford Classic is a mid-sized sedan, which is acknowledged in the market for its excellent performance, comfort features and handling. Available in both petrol as well as diesel variant, this car is best suited for the Indian roads. The petrol version of this car is fitted with 1.6 Duratec engine, which delivers power output of 101 PS at 6500 rpm and torque of 146 Nm at 3400 rpm. On the other hand, diesel powered Classic 1.4 TDCi SXi delivers power of 68 bhp at 4000 rpm and has a maximum torque of 160 Nm at 2000 rpm.
Ford Classic has a fuel tank capacity of 45 litres and boot space of 430 litres. The kerb weight of this car is 1110 kg, which is quiet good for a sedan. To ensure easy manoeuvrability, the turning radius of this car has been kept around 4.90 metres. Suspension system of New Ford Classic in India consists of a front independent McPherson strut along with an offset coil spring. The twin tube gas damper units and lower L-arms with optimised bushes mounted on separate cross-member with stabiliser bar also constitute for the front suspension system. At the rear it has a semi-independent heavy duty twist-beam with low package height coil springs and separate twin tube dampers.
New Ford Ford Classic has several safety and security features, including collapsible steering column, central locking, dual rear fog lamps (in-built in lamp cluster), fuel cut-off inertia switch and passive anti-theft system. Moreover, it has a programmable keyless entry with auto relock, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with EBD, front fog lamps and passenger airbags to ensure safety of passengers.
Exterior of Ford Classic
Exterior Appearance of Ford Classic
Ford Classic 2011 has an elegant finish, with chrome surround crystal barrel headlamps. Radiator grille of Ford Classic is graciously metallic finished and also has a chrome scalp driver and passenger mirrors. Turn indicator on outside rear view mirror and body side moulding with chrome insert adds to the beauty of the car. At the rear, new Ford Classic in India has a chrome tailgate handle finish.
Exterior Measurements o Ford Classic
Exterior measurements of Ford Classic are tabulated below:
| Parameters || Measurement |
| Length || 4282 mm |
| Width || 1686 mm |
| Height || 1468 mm |
| Wheelbase || 2486 mm |
| Ground Clearance || 168 mm |
| Track Front || 1474 mm |
| Track Rear || 1444 mm |
Interior of Ford Classic
Interior Appearance of Ford Classic
Ford Classic has appealing and elegant interiors with a dual tone finish. The spacious cabin has enough storage space to accommodate magazines, bottles and travelling accessories with an ease. New Ford Classic 2011 has comfortable seats that are provided with cushions that reduce the effect of vibration and sudden jerks while driving the car. Moreover, Ford Classic has wooden, chrome and leather finished hydro graphic interiors. Among other noteworthy highlights of interiors are silver outlines on AC vents and steering along with leather finished steering and reading lights.
Interior Comfort of Ford Clasic
Ford Classic 2011 provides comfort to passengers much like any other luxury car. The spaciousFord Classic is armed with comfortable and luxurious arrangements. This car also boasts of a generous headroom and legroom for the passengers. Moreover, it is assimilated with air-conditioning system with an electric re-circulation and heater. To ensure comfortable driving position, Ford Classic has a power steering which is tilt adjustable. Other notable comfort features of Ford Classic are power windows, electric boot release, intelligent rear defogger, rear armrest, adjustable rear head rests and electrically adjustable outside mirrors.
Interior Measurements of Ford Classic
Ford Classic is a spacious car with ample head room, leg room, hip room and shoulder room in front as well as in the rear. Interior measurements of Ford Classic are tabulated below:
| Parameters || Measurement |
| Front Leg Room || 1215 mm |
| Front Head Room || 940 mm |
| Shoulder Room || 1330 mm |
| Rear Leg Room || 890 mm |
| Rear Head Room || 925 mm |
Mileage, Average and Fuel Economy of Ford Classic
Ford Classic is available in petrol as well as diesel version. The petrol version of Ford Classic 2011 delivers a mileage of 11 kmpl on city roads, while it has fuel efficiency of 15 kmpl on highways. The diesel version of Ford Classic has a two-stage fuel injection system with APC (Accelerometer Pilot Control). Owing to this, the diesel variant is capable of delivering a mileage of 15 kmpl on urban roads and 18 kmpl on highways.
On-road Drive of Ford Classic
Competing with the likes of Hyundai Verna CRDi and Honda City,Ford Classic is rated at par with these well-established brands. Ford has marched past its competition by launching the model in petrol as well as diesel versions. With excellent handling, comfortable interiors and decent fuel efficiency,Ford Classic 2011 is acknowledged for its on-road driving experience. Duratec petrol engine delivers 101 bhp power clubbed with excellent acceleration.
Power of Ford Classic
Ford Classic is available in petrol as well as diesel engine options in 6 variants. The petrol variants of Ford Classic is fitted with a 1.6L, 1596cc, Duratec petrol engine that delivers maximum power output of 101 bhp at 6500 rpm and torque of 146 Nm at 3400 rpm.
On the other hand, diesel variant ofFord Classic 2011 is assimilated with 1.4L, 1399cc, Duratorq TDCi diesel engine. This variant is capable of churning out power of 68 bhp at 4000 rpm and torque of 160 Nm at 2000 rpm.
Acceleration and Pick Up of Ford Classic
The 1.6L, 1596cc Duratec DOHC variant has an excellent acceleration and reaches 100 kmph mark in 11.43 seconds. Ford Classic promises a top speed of 170kmph.
Diesel variant of Ford has a decent acceleration as it can reach 100 kmph speed limit in 12.8 seconds. Ford Classic diesel variants can notch top speed of 165 kmph.
Safety and Security of Ford Classic
Engineered and designed with precision,Ford Classic is one of the safest cars on road in its segment. Safety and security issues are well-addressed while manufacturing of the model. New Ford Classic is equipped with advanced safety arrangements, which includes airbags, anti-lock brake system with electronic brake-force distribution. Besides, new Ford Classic 2011 has an anti-theft engine immobiliser along with child lock, central locking, anti-submarine seats, fuel-cut off and emergency locking retractor to ensure safety and security of passengers.
Comfort and Convenience of Ford Classic
There are several comfort and convenience arrangements in the latest edition of Ford Classic 2011. Among most notable convenience features of Ford Classic are air-conditioning system with an electric re-circulation, heater and tilt adjustable power steering. In addition, the model has power windows, electric boot release, intelligent rear defogger, armrests, adjustable rear head rests and an electrically adjustable outside mirrors. Moreover, the car is equipped with modern instrument panel that notifies driver with low fuel warning and key-off warning.
Wheels of Ford Classic
New Ford Classic 2011 is fitted with 14" Alloy wheels that feature 175/65R14 tyres. Front wheels are complemented by the independent McPherson struts with an offset coil spring or twin tube gas damper units. On the other hand, rear wheels have a semi-independent heavy duty twist-beam along with low package height coil springs and separate twin tube dampers. Besides, there are gas filled shock absorbers to ensure jerk free driving experience.
Stereo and Accessories of Ford Classic
New Ford Classic 2011 has an advanced 2 Din audio system with modern music capabilities. The console is elegantly designed with a ruby mahogany high gloss wood grain finish. Among other contrasting accessories of New Ford Classic are aluminium cuffs and leather wrapping on steering wheel.
Moreover, Ford Classic is armed with an effective and powerful climate control air conditioning system with electric re-circulation and heater that provides respite from climatic conditions.
Dealers of Ford Classic
Ford Classic cars are sold through an extensive network of dealers scattered around India. There are 173 flagship dealers of Ford Motors across 102 cities and towns in India. Over the years, Ford Motor Company in India is expanding its operations and is mainly investing on dealership network expansion. Apart from dealership stores, American automotive company is opening product specific showrooms in metropolitan cities of India. These dealerships also help owners with maintenance service along insurance and extended warranty options.
Some of the notable dealers of Ford Motors in New Delhi are Astro Ford, Harpreet Ford and Delhi Ford. Ford Classic can be availed at flagship stores in Kolkata, namely Ganges Ford and Victoria. AVK Ford, Bhavna Ford, SC Ford and Wasan Ford are some of the certified dealers ofFord Classic in Mumbai. In Bangalore, Cauvery Ford, Lathangi Ford and Metro Ford are some of the noteworthy dealers selling Ford cars.
Company Quotes for Ford Classic
On the event of launching Ford Classic in India, Michael Boneham, Managing Director and President, Ford India, quoted, “With a proud and loyal customer base, the Ford has been one of the main stays of our product brand portfolio in India. With the elegant Ford Classic’s thrilling on-road dynamics, refreshingly classy new interiors and proven frugality we invite more customers to experience and benefit from the additional new variants we are offering with our classy product.”
Competitor Analysis for Ford Classic
Ford Ford Classic is popular car which faces competition from few of other models in its segment, such as Volkswagen Vento, Hyundai Verna and Honda City. Volkswagen Vento is a closest competitor of Ford Classic. Similar to Ford Classic, Vento is new to the Indian market. This power-packed sedan from German manufacturers has advanced features such as inbuilt GPS navigation USB and double DIN music player that distinguishes it from rest cars in this segment.
Ford Classic has advanced features, such, modern air-conditioning system and comfortable interiors. Furthermore, the model is available in petrol and diesel versions to cater to the varied preferences of customers. Ford has gracious interiors and exteriors that combine with on-road dynamics and a decent fuel efficiency.
LPG/CNG version of Ford Classic
As of now, there are no LPG/CNG versions of Ford Ford Classic in India.
Pros of Ford Classic
The latest addition of Ford in India, New Ford Classic 2011, appeals to much broader audience. The mid-sized sedan has a superior driveability and aesthetic styling. It has contrasting interiors featuring Ebony and Jasper blue instrument panel along with graphic metallic console. Ford Ford Classic delivers a spirited performance with an excellent driving balance, responsive handling and perfect suspension.
Cons of Ford Clas
Apart from various positive aspects, there are several constraints of New Ford Ford Classic 2011. It has received an unfriendly response from the target audience due to low maintainability and ground clearance.
New Ford Classic 2011 an upgrade from its 2010 appearence, is designed on the existing platform as rest of the Ford cars and therefore, it resembles the other models on parameters of design and styling. Priced lower than Ford Fiesta,Ford Classic contends with Hyundai Verna, Honda City and Volkswagen Vento.
There are several arrangements for convenience, comfort and safety of passengers in the New Ford Classic. Some of the noteworthy features of Ford Classic are remote central locking, tilt adjustable power steering, power windows, air-conditioning system with re-circulation and heater, safety airbags and anti-lock braking system with electronic brake distribution.
The reliable sedan, New Ford 2011 delivers a thrilling performance with optimum fuel efficiency. After phenomenal success of Ford Figo, Ford Endeavour andFord Classic, Ford has been able to revive its image in the Indian automotive market after a long time.