As per the latest information, Ford India is unveiling a 2011 Ford Fiesta AT on the 7th of November and official launch may happen in a week after that. 2011 Ford Fiesta which was launched few months back in India with 1.5-litre Diesel and 1.5-litre Petrol Engine with Manual transmission options only, is finally getting automatic transmission option.
Further, it is believed that American car major will release the automatic variant with both petrol and diesel options. Ford will offer the automatic transmission on the top of the line Titanium Plus models only and is speculated that there will be a difference of about 50,000-75,000 over the manual version. The Fiesta Automatic will get a 6-speed PowerShift gearbox, which is expected to be an excellent alternative to the Verna’s 4-speed auto.
PowerShift is the Ford’s unique feature, automatic transmission in the dual-clutch transmission technology. Unlike conventional automatic transmission systems with torque converter and slipping losses in the fluids, the dual clutch technology uses a set of two clutches which engage and disengage alternatively for the even and odd number of gears and provide a positive shift without minimal slipping and losses. This ensures high fuel efficiency as well as high performance as there is more punch available at the wheels. This is something similar to the DSG gearbox technology of the Volkswagen.
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