In an effort that’s widely seen as a way to become more competitive in key volume segments in India, Ford has lowered the price of its Indian-market Classic sedan.
Beginning on January 22nd of 2014, the entry-level subcompact sedan has carried a starting price of 499,999 Rupees ($8,084 USD) for the base LXI gasoline model compared to 565,000 Rupees ($9,135 USD) before the pricing change. Meanwhile, the flagship Titanium trim with the diesel engine costs 760,000 Rupees ($12,288 USD) compared to 800,000 ($12,935 USD) before the change (all prices are ex-showroom Delhi). The pricing changes represent decreases of 70,000 – 100,000 Rupees ($1,130 – $1,600 USD) across the lineup.
Previously called the Fiesta Classic, the Ford Classic sedan is essentially the original Ford Fiesta with a different name, a few updates, and a sedan-like trunk. The vehicle has a lot in common with the Indian-market Figo — which is the hatchback-bodied sibling of the Classic.
Ford offers the Classic sedan with two engine options — a 1.6-liter Duratec gasoline I4 and a 1.4-liter TDCi Duratorq diesel I4. The subcompact sedan also delivers several first-in-class features, including programmable keyless entry, Bluetooth audio with speed-sensing volume control, front fog lamps, rear defogger, turn signlas indicators on the outboard rear-view mirrors, drive away locks (auto-locks), ABS, EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), as well as driver and front passenger airbags, among others.