Facelifted 2013 Ford Fiesta sedan debuts at the 2012 Sau Paulo Motor Show
Ford Brazil has unveiled the facelifted 2013 version of the Fiesta sedan at the ongoing 2012 Sau Paulo Motor Show. The Fiesta sedan’s facelift comes a couple of years after this model’s global unveil and is a mid career facelift for this sedan which is quite popular in the Brazilian car market. The facelifted Fiesta sedan’s front end is very similar to that of the hatchback version, which also saw a facelift a few weeks ago, at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The Aston Martin-esque front end of the car, that is soon becoming Ford’s family face, is the biggest change up front.
The sedan gets a reprofiled front bumper and along with the grille gives the Fiesta sedan an aggressive look. Some might love it which others not so much. Moving on, the car’s profile remains bog similar to that of the current model while the rear end of the car also sees a slight refreshing. The current Fiesta’s high boot didn’t go well with many prospective buyers, who thought that it was too big and too bland. Ford has attempted to address this visual monotony through a chrome strip strategically placed on the rear bumper of the car, and this does provide some visual respite.
The alloy wheels seem to be a new design too, and all these changes do make the Fiesta sedan a looker. On the inside, Ford has redesigned the center console of the car, has added a center console, a new instrumentation display and other trim changes. Under the hood, engines and transmissions remain unchanged with the the 1.6 Liter TiVCT petrol-ethanol flex fuel engine continuing to do duty on the car. This engine is mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox and a 6 speed PowerShift dual clutch automatic gearbox.
The Fiesta’s ride and handling is exemplary, making the car a hoot to drive when the going gets twisty. The electric power steering gets further recalibrated to deliver even more feel and that’s something that can only be a good thing, especially if you love driving. The suspension has seen some retuning to better the already excellent ride and handling of the Fiesta sedan. All in all, the facelifted 2013 Fiesta sedan seems like a worthy mid career makeover for a fine piece of automotive engineering. Pity that the all new Fiesta isn’t finding any takers in the Indian car market due to the initial price botch by Ford India. Expect this facelift to come to India sometime in late 2013 or 2014.