From Rumorville – Ford Fiesta hatchback drives into India next year
Posted on: Aug 9, 2011 - 7:11am IST
The cycle of Fiesta hatch spyshot/spy video -> Internet rumor -> intense forum/comment box speculation -> Ford warding off questions has started again. AutoBILD/Carwale.com carries a report that Ford is planning to introduce the Fiesta hatchback in India next year.
If we visit our archives, we can show you an IndianAutosBlog.com exclusive video of the Fiesta hatch testing in Chennai. Ford wasn’t interested in answering questions related to their next seven products by mid-decade but they did tell us that B- C- and CD-Platforms were heading to India. The Fiesta hatchback is based on the B-Platform.
Ford is quite surprised by the response the Fiesta hatch has generated among netizens and enthusiasts in India. Ford is worried about the confused positioning the hatch’ introduction will create in India. They are satisfied with the Fiesta Classic sitting between the Figo and Fiesta and concluded that the Figo was the hatch they wanted to sell.
But at a recent Ford event, one higher Ford official surprisingly told IndianAutosBlog.com that it will be “mostly hatchbacks in those 8 different products” by mid-decade in India.
The 1.2-liter Duratec petrol engine from the Figo could feature on the entry model while the 1.5-liter Duratorq diesel will feature higher up on the range, which according to this report, could also offer the 1.5-liter petrol unit from the sedan.
Can the Fiesta hatch be brought in to cull the new Swift?
[Source – CarWale.com]