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Old 12th August 2004, 00:26   #1
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Courtesy - rediff.com

Ford launches new variants of Ikon

August 11, 2004


Ford India on Wednesday launched a new line of its mid-size 'Ikon' model adding two new variants 'LXi' and 'EXi' and improved versions of the existing 'ZXi' and 'Flair' as part of efforts to increase market share.

"With Ford Ikon sales growing by 50 per cent over last year and the Ford India plant moving onto a second production shift, we are in a position to offer an all new line-up of the Ikon. The new line-up will propel us to lead in the high growth mid-size segment," company managing director David Friedman said in New Delhi.

The company is also moving to a second production shift for the Ikon at its manufacturing unit near Chennai to support the growing volumes and for the new variants, he said.

Prices for the new variants start at Rs 449,000 for the 'LXi' model to Rs 659,000 for the new 'ZXi' model.

Increasing number of people are upgrading from small cars to mid-size cars and the new line-up offers them an opportunity to shift to the higher segment, Ford India vice-president, (marketing), Vinay Piparsania, said.

and this is what is on the ford india website..

Ikon EXi

Price Rs. 5.49 Lakhs* (ex-showroom Delhi) for 1.6 EXi

Price Rs. 6.09 Lakhs* (ex-showroom Delhi) for 1.8 EXi






Engine
A choice of two engines. 1.6 L Rocam Petrol that generates 92PS @ 5500 rpm and 130 NM of torque @ 2500 rpm or 1.8 L Endura DE Diesel engine that generates 59 PS @ 4800 rpm and 108 NM of torque @ 4800 rpm.

Both the engines have computer controlled engine management system - EEC V - for improved power and fuel efficiency. The Sequential Electronic Fuel Injection (SEFI) on the 1.6 Rocam plays a vital role in emission control by injecting metered quantities into the inlet tract for each cylinder at the optimum point in the combustion cycle.


14" wheels with imported wheel covers
Bigger wheels and wider tyres for pin sharp handling and exceptional balance.

Fog lamps
Round high intensity fog lamps, which have been integrated into the bumper. Highly effective during adverse weather conditions.

US metallic finish on the IP
The IP with the US metallic finish gives the interior a luxurious feel.

Courtesy lamp with theatre style delayed dimming
Courtesy lamps with integrated twin reading lamps and theatre style delayed dimming reminds you of club class travel.

and the exi..

Ikon 1.3 LXi

Price Rs.4.49 Lakhs* (ex-showroom Delhi)






Engine
1.3 L Rocam Petrol that generates 70PS @ 5500 rpm and 105 NM of torque @ 2500 rpm. It has a computer controlled engine management - EEC V - for improved power and fuel efficiency. The Sequential Electronic Fuel Injection (SEFI) plays a vital role in emission control by injecting metered quantities into the inlet tract for each cylinder at the optimum point in the combustion cycle.

Air-conditioning
The Ikon's air-conditioning system operates with environment friendly refrigerant R134A with no chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). The air-conditioning system is integrated with the ventilation system and heater - optimal for India's extreme climate. The Ikon is the only car in its segment with a dedicated AC vent for its rear seat passengers.

Central locking
Central locking is offered as standard across all the variants and can be operated using the key on either of the front doors. The remote locking fuel filler cap is connected to the central locking on all the series.

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cud this mean the fusion launch has been pushed back or wot??



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nope ......
hope fully the fusion will come soon .......
an improved zxi and flair versions sound cool .......
looks like ford launched its old lineup - pre nxt era - again with the clxi getting a new engine
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hi guys coming from ford showroom, sxi is stopped
the base versin is not pwer steering non power windows for 5.10 on road in hyd
after that the nxt, the the 1.6 and 1.8 exis(basically the old zxi) then the 1.6 and 1.8 zxi(basically the old sxi)
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they forgot to mention rain sensing wipers....thats what I read in today's full page ad in the TOI.

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they forgot to mention rain sensing wipers....thats what I read in today's full page ad in the TOI.
Correction!!! Intelligent wipers was mentioned in the ad. I dont know why, but I am dead sure its not a rain sensing wiper system.

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sounds good......
gotta see the ad yet ......
now wheres the paper when u want it
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Too many versions....
But wat i think personally.. that the looks of the Ikon have been improved much over the years becauz of addition of those Crystal Clear lamps, non coloured frosted sideindicators.. nice colours...the old one used to look bad.
Infact the oldest ones had only one reverse light!!!
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Quote[/b] (GTO @ Aug. 12 2004,21:12)]..but I am dead sure its not a rain sensing wiper system.
then wat else would the intellegent wipers do?
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Quote[/b] (Stratos @ Aug. 12 2004,21:53)]that the looks of the Ikon have been improved much over the years becauz of addition of those Crystal Clear lamps, non coloured frosted sideindicators..
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i just cant help lovin the ikon.....
man they are so much fun to drive..
was jus seein the ad on tv....
will go check it out soon
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Quote[/b] ]then wat else would the intellegent wipers do?
I've a feeling that they mean to say that the winshield is sprayed with water first and then the wipers start working. Like in so many other cars.

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Quote[/b] (Shan2nu @ Aug. 13 2004,03:28)]I've a feeling that they mean to say that the winshield is sprayed with water first and then the wipers start working. Like in so many other cars.
i dont think.. its like that shan2nu.. the thing u r talking abt is normal.. everyother car has it!!
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hey stratos
i agree with u here
the ikon already featured this
someone call the ford guy and ask him please......
does the lxi have power steerin
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no the base version the clxi doesnt thave the power steering and power windows, it's on road price in hyd is rs 5.10 lacs, then the flair at 5.35 lacs (approx) with power steering and windows
but the version that i would buy would be the new exi 1.6 (old zxi!) at 6.23 lacs!!!!!! and jazz it up like hell!
or the new zxi (old sxi) at 6.89 lacs!!!!!!


looks like ford's trying thier level best to give the performance of the old city at an affordable price!!!
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