The Ford Classic, which is simply, the re-badged, previous generation Ford Fiesta had got a price cut back in January 2014 from Rs 5.65 lakh to Rs 4.99 lakh. This week however, the U.S-based automaker has slashed the cost of the entry-level sedan even further to have the starting price at Rs 4.88 lakh. The rationale behind the move is to make the Ford Classic look like an attractive option in face of stronger rivals such as the Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent and the Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire.
And with the latest price cut, Ford India seems to have achieved this as the Classic is now the only product in the segment to feature the largest engine capacity of 1.6-litre engine and a sticker price of sub-Rs 5 lakh. It is also cheaper by Rs 12,000 than the base model of the petrol Amaze. On the offside, the Classic is still dearer by about Rs 12,000 over the base petrol model of the recently launched Hyundai Xcent.
As a refresher, the Ford Classic is offered in India in two engine options: a 1.6-litre Duratec petrol engine that is able to produce 101PS of max power and 146Nm of peak torque and a 1.4-litre Duratorq diesel powerplant that is rated at 68PS and 160Nm of peak torque. Both engines come mated to a 5-Speed manual transmission.
With the pulling out of the Hyundai Accent from the Indian market in 2013, the Ford Classic remains to be one of the oldest cars in its segment. It still enjoys a cult following and a loyal fan base - thanks to its engaging and unmatched driving experience that is tough to find even in some of the modern sedans in the country.