Classic 1.6 Duratec Limited Edition Review
Ford India is the sixth biggest car maker in the country's lucrative car market. Their esteemed fleet has a charming sedan called as Ford Classic , which is being sold in petrol and diesel variants. This sedan has spacious interiors and can accommodate five passengers effortlessly. The company offers this sedan in quite a few variants for the customers to choose from, which have been fitted with impressive interior features depending on the trim. Looking at the impressive sales of this sedan, the company has now launched a limited edition variant of this vehicle. The company has added seven new features to it to make it more enticing for the customers. This sedan has a balanced mix of both safety as well as comfort features, which will certainly be liked by the customers. The company has fitted this sedan with a power packed 1.6-litre Duratec engine that is made up of all aluminum alloys, which makes it lighter than the other engines. Some of the impressive features that have been included in this elegant sedan are a powerful air conditioner, adjustable power steering, rear defogger, music system with speakers to enhance the in-cabin entertainment level and quite a few such exciting features, which will certainly lure the customers. Apart from these convenience enhancing features, the company has also added a few safety and security features as well to keep the passengers as well as the vehicle safe.
The Ford Classic 1.6 Duratec Limited Edition has a sturdy overall body line and is neatly designed. The newly designed front chrome grille has the highly acclaimed badge of the company embedded in it and is flanked by the head lamp cluster. The head lamps are of high intensity and throw out a bright beam in the dark, which assists in better visibility. This radiant head lamp cluster has been equipped with the advanced crystal barrel head lights. The body colored front bumper has a curvy design and have now been fitted with fog lamps in this limited edition. The side profile has a couple of remarkable features as well with body colored outside rear view mirrors along with body colored handles. The subtly designed wheel arches have been fitted with a classy set of alloy rims with thick and strong tyres. The rear end has a bright tail lamp cluster with dual rear fog lamps, which have been integrated with the other lamps. The boot lid is precisely designed and has now been fitted with a sporty spoiler on it.
The interiors of this impressive sedan, Ford Classic 1.6 Duratec Limited Edition are done up very tastefully by the company. This might be the mid level trim in the model lineup, but has a balanced set of safety and comfort features, which is bound to lure the customers for sure. The insides are done up with a 2 tone color coordinated interiors, which are in ebony and jasper blue combination, which is quite smart and makes this sedan look urbane. The seating arrangement is extremely comfortable and this sedan can easily take in five passengers. The seats are plush and are covered in premium new seat covers to add elegance to the interiors. There are also quite a few storage features as well like a bottle holder in the front door panel and several other such spaces inside it along with a large glove box. The central console has the AC controls along with the advanced music system and has a liquid metal finish, which makes it look very stylish. The driver seat, apart from being comfortable can be adjusted in a few ways to add to the convenience for drivers of different size and built. The rear seat is 100% foldable and thus increases the boot space to accommodate bigger things inside the car. This sedan, Ford Classic 1.6 Duratec Limited Edition also has front and rear map lamps to add to the handiness of this sedan. All the above mentioned features and along with those, a few more such impressive features, which will certainly lure the customers to buy this impressive and practical limited edition sedan.
Engine and Performance:
The company has fitted this sleek and stylish sedan with a power packed In-line petrol drive train, which is fuel efficient and performance packed as well. This all aluminum alloy based engine is of 1.6-litre and has the capacity to displace close to 1596cc. This remarkable drive train has also been equipped with 4 cylinders that in all have been fitted with 16 valves and also a dual over head cam shaft. This dominant power train also has a SEFI (sequential electric fuel injection) fuel system for enhancing the fuel efficiency and is cleverly mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box. This commanding power train has the ability to churn out a peak power output of 98.98bhp at 6500rpm in combination with a maximum torque yield of 146 Nm at 3400 Rpm, which is quite outstanding and powerful. The company claims that this fuel efficient sedan gives a healthy mileage of 21.27 Kmpl, under standard driving conditions. The top speed of this sedan is said to be in the range of 179 Kmph, which is quite remarkable. On the other hand, this outstanding power train has the capability to propel this elegant sedan from 0 – 100 Kmph in just about 11.7 seconds, which is rather brilliant.
Braking and Handling:
This is one of the most vital as well as crucial aspect of any vehicle and the company has given it one of the most well balanced suspension system along with their sturdiest braking mechanism. The front wheels of this Ford Classic 1.6 Duratec Limited Edition has been fitted with ventilated discs, while the rear wheels have been given self adjusting drums for efficient and smooth braking. On the other hand, the front axle of this sedan has been equipped with independent McPherson struts, which also has an offset coil spring, whereas the rear axle has a semi independent heavy duty twist beam with twin tube dampers for enhanced comfort. Then the front as well as the rear shock absorbers which are fitted in this Ford Classic 1.6 Duratec Limited Edition are gas filled to give better stability in bumpy roads.
This Ford Classic 1.6 Duratec Limited Edition has been fitted with some very important safety features. The list of these protective features include a collapsible steering column, central locking, dual rear fog lamps which are inbuilt in the tail lamp cluster, fuel cut off inertia switch and the highly developed passive anti theft system (PATS) along with a programmable keyless entry, which also has a auto re-locking feature. This limited edition sedan has been further bestowed with rear parking sensors as well. All of these important features along with a few more vital features make this sedan one of the safest vehicles in the Indian car market.
The company has gifted this elegant Ford Classic 1.6 Duratec Limited Edition sedan with some very exciting and practical features, which will be very handy for the customers. The long list of these features comprise of a very powerful and efficient air conditioning unit with an electric re-circulation system and a heater as well. Then there is the chunky power steering that can be tilt adjusted and is very responsive, all four power windows, electric boot lid release, an intelligent rear defogger, a rear center arm rest for added comfort of the back seat passengers, adjustable rear head rests, a sophisticated audio system with 4 speakers that has a Aux-in and Radio FM. The brilliant instrument cluster also has quite a number of notification and warning lamps. The list of these lamps include a DTE (distance to empty) display, a tachometer, a head lamp ‘On’ warning lamp when the ignition is off, door ajar warning lamp and also a low fuel warning lamp.
Pros: Stylish exteriors, powerful engine, good mileage.
Cons: A few more features can be added, price can be more competitive.