In an interesting development, a Fiesta facelift mule has been photographed undergoing road tests near Chennai by an Indianautosblog reader queuing up, apparently, at a toll booth.
The test mule wore the similar ‘Copper Pulse’ body color showcased on the facelifted Fiesta at the Auto Expo a couple of weeks ago. The alloys seen on the Expo Fiesta were missing from the test mule hinting at a lower variant on test.
The car at the Expo was the top-of-the-line TDCi Diesel Titanium with all the bells and whistles included. And it was a looker. The spied images of the 2014 Fiesta caught for the first time on public roads confirms the new design theme Ford has decided to adopt and one could say it does go well with Fiesta. Ford is calling it ‘Kinetic Design’ and the wide grin (grille) and those slanted feline eyes on its face make the new Fiesta look more powerful, peppy, and ‘kinetic’ than the current model. Did someone say Aston Martin-ish?
The only gripe we journos could have, however, would be the choice of powerplants. Can’t help it; for, we get paid to be picky. As it stands, the 2014 Fiesta, would NOT come with the 1.0 EcoBoost which has been so badly anticipated. This 999cc inline-3 uses some Formula-1 tech and lashes out with 125PS and 170Nm of torque! And it does all that while receiving approving nods from the greenies! Pity that, Ford.
The current Fiesta is a sales dud, despite being a competitive car. This is attributed to the fact that Ford went greedy and launched it at some insane pricing levels. Now, despite all those price corrections, Fiesta remains a car which has earned the negative moniker of a ‘high priced’ car among the common buyer.
However, learning from its mistake, Ford, this time, is expected to price it real competitive in the market. It could start at prices as low as Rs 6.99 Lakhs which means Ford may do an EcoSport for their premium C-segment as well. At VFM price tags, Fiesta facelift can go on to become a nice little seller for the company specially with that fuel efficient 1.5L diesel.
However, we repeat, the 1.0L Ecoboost should have been present right from the word go. And we are still hopeful of Ford surprising us with one a little later, if not now!