Ford India has silently dropped Titanium top-end variant to the Fiesta Classic sedan line-up, and has also renamed Ford Fiesta Classic as ‘Ford Classic’. The company has priced the Ford Classic less than the last generation Fiesta and they will be selling Ford Classic and 2011 model of Fiesta simultaneously. This is the best strategy to cash-in by selling two generations of cars like Hyundai did with Accent and Skoda did with Octavia.
Ford India has re-launched the sedan in the country with a new name and has added many contemporary elements at the exteriors and interiors. Here is the list of the key new features on the Fiesta Classic Titanium trim:
- Dual tone beige and black interiors
- Chromed front grille
- Audio unit with integrated Bluetooth and iPod connectivity
- Speed sensing volume control for audio
- Rear chrome boot handle
- Chromed wing mirrors with integrated indicators
- Chromed body side mouldings
- Programmable key (similar to the Figo)
- New alloy wheel design
- Activation hazard warning lights during panic braking
Besides addition of features, the remarkable aspect by means of rebadging is the reduction of prices across 6 variants of Classic. Now the base petrol and diesel versions are offered at Rs 5.53 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and Rs 6.80 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) respectively. With these prices it comes into head-to-head with Maruti Swift Dzire, Toyota Etios sedan and Tata Manza.
Under the bonnet remains intact with 1.6L Duratec Petrol engine and 1.4L Diesel Duratorq Diesel power train. Most of the features are said to have been borrowed from Ford Figo hatchback, which has the potential of making the top end Fiesta cheaper than ever before. However, the Ford Classic Titanium variant is expected to hit the showrooms soon.
Also see – Ford Fiesta Classic Launched