2014 Auto Expo update
Ford had two big centerpieces to showcase at the Indian Auto Expo – the Figo Concept compact sedan and the Fiesta facelift. The facelifted Fiesta is likely to be launched this summer. Besides these two cars, Ford also had its existing range – the EcoSport, the Classic and Ford Endeavour on display.
The Ford Fiesta’s kinetic design form continues, but it comes with refreshed headlamps and a bold new hexagonal grille, which is what makes this car stand out. The cat-like look of the earlier car has been toned down and instead this gets a more mature look.
At the rear too the bumper has been changed and the tail-lamps appear to have been tweaked and made longer, wrapping on to the boot-lid, which has now made it more presentable. Overall it has got a sportier look. The car on display at the Auto Expo was not opened, so we can’t get you a look at the interiors right now, but expect a subtle revamp there too. It now has all beige interiors, which should make the cabin more airy.
Engine choices are likely to be tweaked a bit. The 1-litre Ecoboost petrol engine that was in the EcoSport will now likely make it to the Fiesta as well with a 5-speed manual option, in addition to the existing 1.5 litre petrol with manual and automatic (Dual clutch) options. The diesel is likely to continue with the 1.5 litre motor that puts out 90PS of power and 205 Nm of peak torque.
Watch out for more updates on this car. It is expected to be launched in May or June 2014 with a reduction in prices as well to “right price” the car against its competitors. That’s pretty much what’s new from Ford India’s 2014 Auto Expo pavilion.