Ford India is all set to launch the Fiesta with Powershift Automatic transmission in India. Ford had arranged a media of the Fiesta Automatic in December 2011 and kept numb on the launch. May be the company sought to gather vital feedback before the Fiesta Automatic could hit the roads.
The Powershift Automatic transmission will be available only on the petrol which leaves Verna to be the only automatic diesel in the segment. Hill/Grade assist is another feature the automatic variant is equipped with. This feature helps intelligent braking system and helps tackle inclines and declines easily.
The Fiesta Dual clutch also comes with the Creep function which is a boon while driving in crawling traffic. One can fully drive the by simple engaging/de-engaging the brake lever depending on the traffic. No need to push the accelerator pedal.
The 6 speed Dual Clutch helps provide optimal gear ratio, smoother shifts and better fuel economy. The company claims to have a fuel efficiency of 16.97 kmpl.
The Dual clutch has zero maintenance which one can be free for the next 10 years or 240,000 kms.
The Fiesta with Powershift Automatic transmission seems to be a very good product in terms of features But the success will depend on the pricing which has let many prospective customers switch to competitor cars.
We hope Ford does some magic and price the car spot on. We also hope Ford drops the prices of the current Fiesta by minimum Rs.50,000 instead of offering discounts.