European Ford Fiesta hatchback caught testing in Chennai

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Our Chennai based colleague Joy Sharma has clicked the freshest yet pictures of the UK spec Fiesta in Chennai. The car has been doing the rounds on Chennai streets. Several spy pictures of the new Fiesta have been doing the rounds in the blogosphere, and speculations on the car coming to India have been ride since times immemorial. There isn’t any official word from Ford about the car though, and the company had kept mum over whether the car can come to India.

Ford Fiesta hatchback spy pictures
The Fiesta is a premium hatch, and experience of other companies (Read Honda) shows that the market for such expensive hatches in India isn’t very strong. So even after having spotted the car many times, we cannot be sure about its launch in India. Ford has maintained that certain test mules are meant only to carry out power train testing. We believe that if ever Ford India decides to launch the Fiesta, they will come out with the sedan version first. The current Fiesta has been around for five years now. We expect the new car as a replacement – however, as commonly seen in the Indian market, companies don’t mind selling the replacement model alongside the existing model with a new name.
The UK spec Fiesta is a highly acclaimed car with class leading dynamics and features. It’s considered to be a fabulous car in its segment as a fun to drive car with great features, practical engine, great ride and a sophisticated feel. Flip over for a list of the car’s engine options and more spy pictures.

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Petrol
1.25 L Duratec – max power 82 PS , max torque 114 Nm
1.4 L Duratec – 1,388cc, Max power 96 PS, Max torque 128 Nm
1.6 L Duratec Ti-VCT  – 1,596 cc, Max Power 120 PS @ 6000 rpm, 152 Nm  @ 4050 rpm

Diesel
1.4 L Duratorq TDCi – 1,398 cc, Max Power 68 PS @ 4500 rpm, Max Torque 160 Nm @ 2000 rpm
1.6 L Duratorq TDCi – 1,560 cc, Max power 90 PS, 212 Nm

The badging at the rear end of the car was plastered with tape, so we were not able to make out which engine variant was being tested. We are on the lookout for another sighting and will bring to you more updates as we get them.