electro-acoustics for enhancing the music experience. Other smart features in the Fiesta include automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers, smart-key-less entry with engine start/stop switch, reverse parking sensors, fuel computer, all-four power windows with touch operation, cruise control, guide me headlamps, ambient lightning, etc.
There is more to talk about the utility based features which play an important role inside. These include cup holders, glove box compartment, accessory power outlets, bottle holders, magazine styled pockets, etc. Ford Fiesta also allows ORVMs to be operated electrically with folding capability. The seats are ergonomically designed with integrated headrests and concealed with premium fabric upholstery. While there is little improvement in shoulder space, headroom and legroom space remains the same as the preceding model. To further increase the boot volume of 430 liters, Fiesta comes with 100 percent rear seats folding ability while the front seats are designed for best riding position.
In terms of safety, the standard features include driver airbags, Anti-Lock-Braking system with Electronic-Brake-Distribution, while the Trend and Titanium variants gets dual front airbags. Fiesta also comes loaded with rear defogger for additional safety. The new model with energy absorbing bumpers and collapsing zones with door reinforcements ingesting most of the sudden impact. Besides these, engine immobilizer, central locking system, and rear doors child lock are also incorporated.
Launched at the competitive price tag of INR 7.69 lakh, Ford Fiesta 2014 will lock horns with Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid in the segment. For now, Ford has done its level best to break the deadlock of the sales progress, rest depends on the market reaction.
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