Friday, November 28, 2008

Ford Ikon-Facelifted

The Ford Ikon was launched in India way back in 1999 and to day remains one of the more fun to drive sedans in the country. The major facelift came along in 2003 when Ford revamped the interiors with better quality trim and more equipment and the 1.6 ROCAM engine was also re-tuned for better economy.

Ford India has now launched a new facelifted model of Ikon. The external changes this time around are substantial with all new front, revamped interiors and slightly revised rear end. The short stubby grille at the front give it an aggressive look while the new head lights do their bit accentuate the aggression. New model is available in both petrol and diesel priced at Rs. 459000.00 & Rs. 520000.00 respectively.

Additional Features/Changes in New Ikon:

1) All New Front with clear headlights & new bumper.
2) Clear Tail Lights.
3) Factory fitted CD Player.
4) Full wing Spoiler.
5) 13" Alloy Wheels.
6) Remote Central Locking.
7) All New Biege Interiors.
8) Chrome Boot Lid.

The subtle front has styling cues taken from the European Fiesta. The rear has been left almost untouched with just slightly redesigned tail lamps. The interiors are much the same too except for the instrument cluster which gets all new dials & factory fitted CD Player system.

The suspension layout follows the highly successful Ford MacPherson strut configuration, with lower A-shaped arms, to improve running refinement and dynamic control. The twist beam rear suspension design matched to the front suspension provides well-balanced handling.

The diesel variant of the new Ikon would come with a 1.4 litre DuraTorq TDCi engine, while the petrol variant would be available with a 1.3 litre RoCam engine. The diesel engine produces 68PS at 4000 rpm and give maximum torque of 160 nm at 2000 rpm. On the other side, the patrol mill is slightly better giving 70PS at 4000 rpm and maximum torque of 105nm at 2500 rpm.

The new engine is derived from Fiesta. The older diesel train was making it hard to comply with the current emission norms. The good thing about new engine is that its lighter than older engine and thus giving more advantage to IKON. It will also add a plus point in terms of mileage. Priced at

The new Ikon is available in exciting 8 new colours:Diamond White, Panther Black, Moondust Silver, Paprika Red, Platinum, Brush Steel and a new colour Morello.

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