Exclusive: Ford Classic gets a makeover and lower price tag

The Ford Classic is getting another makeover and will come with an even lower price tag. According to a source, the top-end Fiesta Classic SXi will now be called the Classic Titanium and will come with a price tag that’s about Rs. 60,000 lower. The top-end diesel could now be priced at about Rs. 7.82 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.

This price cut will put the Classic directly in contention with the Maruti Dzire and Toyota Etios, making it even better value for money. So what exactly has changed in the Fiesta Classic?

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What’s new

The Titanium variant of the Classic gets a new design of alloy wheels, a boot spoiler and the Fiesta badge is now completely dropped from this car. It is now simply the Ford Classic Titanium. Externally, otherwise there are minimal changes and the car looks more or less the same.

The engines in the Classic remain the same – a choice of a 1.6 litre petrol engine that develops 100 bhp of power and 146 Nm of torque, and the frugal 1.4 litre Duratorq diesel engine that develops 68 bhp of power and 160 Nm of torque. Both engines come with a five-speed manual transmission.

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On the interiors, the Titanium variant won’t get the fake wood paneling any more. This has been replaced by black plastics with aluminum finish inserts and beige upholstery. It does not feel as plush as the older Classic. The music system in the Classic is now the same one that is present in the Figo, with Bluetooth phone control. Electric mirrors remain. The upholstery too has changed to a lighter fabric. Rear defogger, rear fog lamps, front fog lamps continue on this car too.

On the safety front, the top-end Titanium gets ABS and dual front airbags. The Classic will have three variants each in petrol and diesel – an entry level and a mid variant apart from the top-end Titanium, instead of the present four variants each. Our source informed us only of the Titanium variant.

Pricing

The present Classic SXi is priced at Rs. 8.49 lakh ex-showroom Delhi for the diesel and Rs. 7.52 lakh for the petrol SXi. However, our source indicates that there could be up to Rs. 60,000 off on these top-end trims making the diesel Titanium available for an ex-showroom price of Rs. 7.82 lakh, while the petrol could get a price tag of Rs. 6.86 lakh. This makes the Ford Classic Titanium a very good value-for-money vehicle.

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Here’s a quick look at how this refreshed Ford Classic compares with the Maruti Dzire.

Ford Classic vs Dzire

The top-end Maruti Dzire ZDi (diesel) is priced at Rs. 7.35 lakh, while the top-end Dzire ZXi (petrol) is priced at Rs. 6.31 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. This makes the Classic Titanium just about Rs. 45,000 more expensive than the Dzire. Both cars offer safety equipment such as two airbags and ABS. Alloy wheels and integrated music system is common to both. The Ford Classic also offers Bluetooth phone connectivity.

What the Classic offers more of is power – when it comes to the petrol variant. The 1.6 litre 100 bhp Classic petrol is much more fun to drive than the 1.2 litre Dzire. You also get a bigger car with the Classic that can hold 430 litres of luggage and seat five in relatively better comfort. Among the diesels, the space advantage of the Classic remains, although in terms of engine power the Dzire is better.

In fuel economy the Dzire petrol is better, but among the diesels they are almost equally matched at about 21 kmpl claimed.

Overall, if you are looking for a bigger car, the Classic offers you the extra space for about Rs. 45,000 more, and more power if you are an enthusiast looking for a petrol car. Otherwise the Dzire is still sheer value for money.

Ford Classic vs Etios

The Toyota Etios VXD top-end diesel variant has an ex-showroom price of Rs. 8.23 lakh, while the top-end Etios petrol has an ex-showroom price of Rs. 7.18 lakh. Against the Etios, the Ford Classic somehow seems much better value for money now. If you compare the Classic Titanium diesel with the Etios VXD, it has more power than the Etios diesel and more features to offer at Rs. 50,000 less than the Etios.

The only thing the Etios offers more of is space – with a huge 590 litre boot and adequate space for five adults. Among the petrol variants too, the Classic is better with more power and features than the Etios, although the Etios is slightly more fuel efficient.

Overall, compared to the Toyota Etios, the Ford Classic is much better value for money.

The new Classic should be in showrooms within the next month. Tell us what you think of the Classic at these new prices.