The new fiesta hasn’t been a seller for Ford in India, simply because of the EcoSport overshadowing the entire range of their products in terms of sale. Apart from the fact that the Fiesta was a massive update from its outgoing model, now coined as the Fiesta Classic, the car got lukewarm reaction from the Indian market. Even after sporting a meaty front fascia, it’s the abruptness at the rear of the car was something many couldn’t digest, along with the fact that it was priced substantially higher in its segment. With Honda back in the game with the new City diesel, its time for the Ford Fiesta to pull up its socks.
Ford has worked on the front-enddesign, which now is more EcoSport-like. First seen on the new Mondeo launched abroad, the front grill is now wider and has more prominent slats with a clear split making way for a sporty lip. According to sources, many of the chances are on the inside where now the Sync system present on the EcoSport will find its way to the Fiesta. The rear taillight cluster will now get reverse lamps on both sides as opposed to the earlier single-side reverse lamp. Rear seating position is reported to increase now by carving out the back of the front seats. The new car will get redesigned 5-spoke alloy wheels that would enhance the overall sporty character of the facelift
Ford will be launching the facelifted Fiesta in the near future (around a month time). While this new model will compete with the Vento, SX-4, Honda City and the Verna, Ford will continue to sell the basic Fiesta classic as their entry level sedan offering at a lower price range. With no new groundbreaking features, we hope that that the new face of the car would be enough to entice customers into a buy (DRLs would have been a good add on, giving them a great marketing push as the segment’s first to carry the feature).