In a surprising move from Ford, especially for customers eagerly waiting for the launch of the global Fiesta version, Ford has launched an updated Fiesta, dubbed the Fiesta Classic. The Fiesta Classic seems to be an intermittent model, before the global Fiesta enters India.
With the launch of the Ford Fiesta classic, earlier versions like the Fiesta TDCI are no longer available. At the same time, Ford has also announced discontinuation of the Ford Ikon, so that today the only cars available in the Ford stable are the Ford Figo, Ford Fiesta Classic, and Ford Endeavour. Below is a first introduction to the new Ford Fiesta Classic.
The body shape and dimensions of the new Fiesta Classic remain the same as the present version, with wheelbase of 2486mm and ground clearance of 168mm. The boosting factor of the Fiesta Classic version is the usage of twin barrel crystal headlamps. Body colour rear view mirrors, door handles and clear lens tail lamps are a few features giving a good impression. The word Classic is inscribed under Fiesta badge, differentiating it from earlier versions.
There are a lot of improvements in the interiors of the Fiesta Classic compared to earlier versions, with the introduction of two tone colour coordinated interiors, new seat fabrics, metal central console, metallic inserts on trims, and 2DIN mp3 Player.
Other features like Anti-lock braking system with EBD, Dual airbags, entry locking and passive anti theft system, programmable keyless entry and auto re-locking are available in higher variants.
The Fiesta Classic has ample leg space for front seats and rear seats. Lumbar support is designed well to suit best of comfort. Liquid metal finish is available in interiors of LXI and CLXI variants and in SXI variant mahogany wood finish is available. Apart from this, 4 speakers are fitted in CLXI variant and 6 speakers in SXI variant. Driver seat height adjust and defogger options are available in CLXI and SXI variants.
The Ford Fiesta Classic comes in both petrol and diesel versions. The petrol version is called the Duratech, while the diesel version carries the name Duratorq.
The petrol Duratec engine features a 4 cylinder, 1596cc DOHC engine delivering a power output of 101PS@6500 rpm and torque of 146NM@1600 rpm. The engine uses a Sequential Electric Fuel injection and has a fuel efficiency that ranges from 13KMPL in City to 15KMPL in Highway.
The Diesel version features a 4 cylinder, 1399cc engine delivering a power output of 68PS@4000rpm and torque of 160NM@2000rpm. The diesel engine uses advanced common rail injection, and gives a fuel efficiency that ranges from 14 in city to 18KMPL on highways. In both versions, a 5 speed manual gearbox is used.
Colour options in the Ford Fiesta Classic include Diamond white, Sea grey, Moon dust silver, Colorado Red, Panther Black, Morello, and Chill Metallic. The car is offered with a warranty coverage for 2years/100000KM, whichever is earlier.
Both the diesel and petrol Ford Fiesta Classic are offered in a number of trims, LXI, CLXI, and SXI premium.
The Bangalore On road price for the Fiesta Classic are respectively: LXI 6,88,805/-,CLXI 7,48,954/-, and SXI Premium 8,93,868/-.
The Diesel version range from: LXI 7,97,595/-, CLXI 8,46,883/-, and SXI Premium 10,10,278/-.
The Ford Fiesta was always well known for a good and smooth performance. We took the Fiesta Classic petrol for a spin to see whether this has changed.
The New Fiesta Classic Petrol with its power output of 101PS ensures a fast pick up and smooth performance. The turning circle radius of 4.9 meters is a great advantage in city driving conditions making it easy to handle, even for a sedan. The Fiesta Classic’s suspension is great, and the drive is quite smooth. The Ground clearance of 168MM gives a good confidence in overcoming any type of bumps in city conditions.
What impresses much apart from the smooth suspension is the AC effectiveness and fine finished interiors.
All in all, the Fiesta gives a very good and comfortable ride, with easy accelerating, braking and handling.
|Engine Capacity (L)||1596/4 Cyl||1399/4 Cyl|
|Power (PS)||101@6000 RPM||68@4000 RPM|
|Torque (NM)||146@1600 RPM||160@2000 rom|
|Fuel Tank capacity||46||46|
|Minimum turning radius in Meters||4.9||4.9|
|Leather wrapped steering wheel||No||No||Yes|
|2 DIN CD- MP3 Player||No||Yes||Yes|
|Height adjustable driver seat||No||Yes||Yes|
|Passive Anti theft system||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Rear center arm rest||No||Yes||Yes|
|Crystal barrel headlamps||Black surround||Black surround||Chrome surround|
|Radiator Grill||Black||Black||Metallic finish|
|Distance to empty display||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Petrol version Ex Showroom price Bangalore||565470||616106||761336|
|Petrol version Onroad price Bangalore||688805||748954||893868|
|Diesel version Ex Showroom price Bangalore||656640||698186||859198|
|Diesel version Onroad price Bangalore||797595||846883||1010278|
Competition All Specs
|Variant||1.4 Sxi||1.5 SX CRDI VGT||Emotion Pack||2.0 LT||1.6 Highline Diesel|
|Engine Capacity (L)||1399||1493||1248||1991||1598|
|Leather wrapped steering wheel||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2 DIN MP3 Player||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|ABS With EBD||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Average fuel efficiency||18||17||17||17||20|
|Ex Showroom price Bangalore||8.39||8.04||8.37||8.58||9.23|
The Ford Fiesta Classic seems to be an effort from Ford to ensure all stocks of the present version Fiesta are sold out before global version Fiesta is launched. They will surely ensure at least 4 to 6 months gap available for launch of new Fiesta. As far as the Fiesta Classic is concerned, there are clear improvements in interiors and list of features available with competitive pricing in the segment. Thus, for anyone considering the buy a Fiesta, the Fiesta Classic is surely a better deal.