Classic 1.6 Duratec Titanium Review
Ford India has a lot of impressive cars in their stable, out of which, Ford Classic is a stylish sedan series. The company is selling this trim in both petrol and diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. Among the trims available, this Ford Classic 1.6 Duratec Titanium is the top end variant. It is equipped with a 1.6-litre, in-line petrol engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1596cc. It has the ability to churn out a maximum power output of 99.6bhp in combination with 146Nm of peak torque output. This petrol mill in incorporated with a SEFI (sequential electronic fuel injection) supply system, which helps in producing 14.6 Kmpl on the highways. At the same time, in city traffic conditions it allows the sedan to generate 10.4 Kmpl. The braking and suspension mechanism of this variant is quite efficient. The front and rear wheels are equipped with ventilated disc and self adjusting drum brakes respectively. Meanwhile, the front axle is assembled with an independent McPherson strut with offset coil spring. While the rear axle gets semi-independent heavy duty twist beam with twin tube dampers. At present, the company is offering this sedan in quite a few exterior paint options. The list includes Diamond White, Moondust Silver, Panther Black, Paprika Red, Sea Grey and Chill metallic finish for the buyers to choose from.
To start with the front fascia, it is designed with a bold radiator grille, which has a lot of chrome garnish and is embossed with a company logo in the center. This grille is flanked by a chrome surround crystal barrel headlamps. The body colored bumper has a wide air dam for cooling the engine and it is surrounded by a pair of round shaped fog lamps as well. The windscreen is made of tinted glass and is integrated with a pair of intermittent wipers. Its side profile is equipped with body colored door handles and ORVMs, which are electrically adjustable and fitted with side turn blinker. The neatly carved wheel arches are equipped with an elegant set of 14 inch alloy wheels, which further enhances its side profile. These rims are further covered with 175/65 R14 sized tubeless radial tyres. On the other hand, the rear end has a boot lid with chrome finished handle, tail light cluster, which comes integrated with fog lamps and a body colored bumper. The windshield has a defogger and a high mounted brake light. The company has designed this sedan with a large wheelbase of 2486mm and a minimum ground clearance of 168mm. It comes with an overall length of 4282mm along with a total width of 1686mm and a decent height of 1468mm.
The internal section of this Ford Classic 1.6 Duratec Titanium variant is designed with ebony and camel color scheme. It is incorporated with full fabric upholstered seats, which provide enough leg space and shoulder room for all passengers. It has 100% foldable rear seat back along with height adjustable driver seat. It is incorporated with quite a few practical features like cup and bottle holders, front seat back pockets, bottle holder in front doors, front and rear map lamps and several other aspects as well. Its two tone dashboard is equipped with a few features like AC vents, a large glove box, an instrument panel and a three spoke steering wheel. The illuminated instrument panel houses features like distance to empty display, a digital tachometer, headlamp-on and door ajar warning notification, low fuel warning lamp and an electronic multi-tripmeter.
Engine and Performance:
This variant is equipped with a 1.6-litre, in-line petrol engine, which is integrated with four cylinders and sixteen valves. It has the ability to displace 1596cc. This double overhead camshaft based petrol mill can churn out a maximum power output of 99.6bhp at 6500rpm in combination with 146Nm of peak torque at 3400rpm. It is incorporated with sequential electric fuel injection supply system, which allows the sedan to produce a healthy mileage. It can return 14.6 Kmpl on the highways and about 10.4 Kmpl in the city. The company has paired this engine with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which sends the power to its front wheels. The top speed of this sedan is approximately 170 Kmph, while it can accelerate from 0-100 Kmph in close to 11.43 seconds.
Braking and Handling:
The front axle is equipped with an independent McPherson strut with offset coil spring, whereas the rear axle is assembled with semi-independent heavy duty twist beam, which is assisted by twin tube dampers. On the other hand, its front wheels are fitted with ventilated disc brakes and rear wheels get a set of self adjusting drum brakes as well. This braking mechanism is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. This variant is blessed with a responsive power steering system , which is tilt adjustable. It supports a minimum turning radius of 4.9 meters.
The air conditioning unit of this Ford Classic 1.6 Duratec Titanium trim comes with electric re-circulation and a heater. The advanced music system is equipped with four speakers along with speed sensing volume control function, which enhance the ambiance of the cabin. It also has MP3/CD player, radio with AM/FM tuner, USB interface and Aux-in port. Apart from these, it is incorporated with power steering with tilt adjustable function, all for power windows with driver side auto down function, electric boot release, adjustable headrests, rear center armrest and many other such things for the convenience of the occupants.
The list of features include a collapsible steering column, intelligent rear defogger, drive away locks, a central locking system, fuel cut off inertia switch, PATS (passive anti theft system), programmable keyless entry along with auto re-locking function and front fog lamps. It also has 3-point seat belts for all occupants and dual airbags for driver as well as front co-passengers that enhances the safety in case of any collision. In addition to these, it is also equipped with ABS along with EBD, which enhanced its braking mechanism.
1. Engine performance is quite good.
2. Sophisticated infotainment system is a big advantage.
1. After sales service is expensive.
2. Ground clearance can be better.