The new Ford Fiesta sedan, first launched in India during the middle of 2011, will see a facelifted model launching in the next few weeks. The revised car will go diesel-only, in line with our previous report that detailed why Ford would be better off selling the Fiesta Facelift in diesel-only guise. Ford India has released new imagery showing the India-spec 2-2014 Fiesta Facelift. We’ve lined up an entire image gallery for you. Before you begin leafing through Fiesta imagery, here are a few things you need to know about the facelifted version.
The new Fiesta will be a diesel-only C-Segment sedan, with the 1.5 liter TDCI turbo diesel engine (89 Bhp-205 Nm) being standard fare. A five speed manual gearbox will be standard and no automatic gearbox option will be offered. Previously though, Ford offered the 1.5 liter Ti-VCT petrol engine with a 6 speed dual clutch automatic gearbox, making the pre-facelift Fiesta the first C-Segment sedan in India to be sold with a dual clutch automatic gearbox. Ford India has discontinued the petrol engine, with manual and automatic gearbox options, on account of poor sales. Click here for variant details of the new Fiesta Facelift.
The facelifted Fiesta will get a host of design changes that make the car look sportier than before. Ford’s latest global design philosophy, which seems heavily inspired by Aston Martin’s frontal design, will be at the forefront in the Fiesta Facelift. On the inside, the seats and door trims go beige to give the car an airy feel. Also, the center console gets a piano black finish, which seems to be the latest trend in the C-Segment sedan space of India. New features such as the Ford Emergency Assist and the AppLink make it to the facelifted car.
In terms of everyday features, automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers, reverse parking sensors, bluetooth telephony, voice assist, push-button start and keyless entry come standard on the top-end Titanium variant. While all variants of the Fiesta Facelift get ABS+EBD and a tough boron steel monocoque body and driver airbag as standard fare, the top-end Titanium variant adds a passenger airbag and cruise control. The outgoing Fiesta’s top end models featured four airbags. The reduction in the number of airbags is one factor that suggests that Ford India would be looking to price the new Fiesta sharply. Watch this space as we drive the car in the next couple of days.