Ford India’s next big launch for the Indian car market is the facelifted Fiesta sedan. First launched in 2011, the new Fiesta sedan never managed to take off in India despite being a very competent car, especially with diesel power on tow. Armed with a superb ride and handling package, the Fiesta Diesel combined driver focused dynamics with the frugality of a diesel motor.
The first time around, optimistic pricing did the car in and now, Ford India will be eager to look beyond the past, doing a course correction with a competitive price tag to boot. The facelifted Fiesta is weeks away from launch, with the car already doing marketing shoots. Here’s an image gallery of the Ford Fiesta Facelift, depicting the new bits and key design elements of the car.
Much has been said about the 1 liter EcoBoost turbo petrol engine – first seen on the EcoSport in India – making to the Fiesta Facelift. The possibility of this happening is scarce as adding this engine to the Fiesta will put further pressure on EcoSport production. Also, since this engine is a straight import, adding this to the Fiesta will push up costs, and throw a spanner into Ford India’s plans of pricing the Fiesta facelift as competitively as possible.
The bulk of the new Fiesta sedan’s sales comes from the 1.5 liter TDCI turbo diesel motor engined variants. Ford will stick to this low tech-high efficiency motor for the Fiesta Facelift’s diesel variants. This diesel motor with low turbo lag outputs 89 Bhp-204 Nm, and is mated to a five speed manual gearbox. The 1.5 liter Ti-VCT petrol motor (108 Bhp-140 Nm) is likely to be retained on the petrol Fiesta, with 5 speed manual and 6 speed dual clutch automatic gearboxes.
The Fiesta – based on the B-Car platform – has been a global best seller for Ford. While pricing can be corrected and features rationalized, a major downside of the car is its rear bench seat, on which three adults are a squeeze. In a country where many C-Segment sedans are chauffeur driven, the Fiesta’s cramped back seat is a major deal downer for the car and this is one area the facelifted model is likely to struggle with.