|Manufacturer||Ford Motor Company|
2000-2007 & 2012-present (in Mexico)2010- ? (in Latin America)
Pretoria, South Africa
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door sedan|
|Platform||Ford B3 platform|
|Engine||1.3L 55 kW (75 PS; 74 hp) SOHC petrol
1.6L 70 kW (95 PS; 94 hp) SOHC petrol
1.8L 44 kW (60 PS; 59 hp) Diesel I4
|Wheelbase||2,486 mm (97.9 in)|
|Length||4,140 mm (163.0 in)|
|Width||1,634 mm (64.3 in)|
|Height||1,379 mm (54.3 in)|
The Ford Ikon is a sedan version of the Ford Fiesta Mark IV on the Ford B platform. It was manufactured and sold in India from 1998 until 2011. In 1999, it became the Indian car of the year. A 2012 model year subcompact sedan and hatchback named Ikon is sold in Mexico, but however, was the old previous-generation Ford Fiesta. The pre-2011 Fiesta was reintroduced to Mexico as the Ikon to fill the city car void left by the Ka, and go up against the Chevrolet Spark and Dodge i10. The Mexican-market "Ikon" hatchback is a rebadged Ford Figo imported from India. The Ikon used to be manufactured and sold in South Africa, Mexico and China where production ended in December 2006, September 2007 and 2007 respectively. The Ikon sedan was relaunched in South Africa (same vehicle as the Fiesta Classic in India).
The first-generation Mexican and South African Ikon was closely based on the European Mark IV Fiesta, delivering vehicle attributes that would have been acceptable to European customers. The India Ikon has a cheaper suspension, interior and front end structure. The China Ikon was somewhere in between.
In Mexico, Brazil and China, the Ikon was marketed as a Fiesta sedan. In Brazil, this model has been replaced by a new four-door model based on the South American Fiesta. In South Africa, the Ikon has been replaced by a different four-door model based on the European Fiesta Mark V (but different exterior sheetmetal) and manufactured in India. (This vehicle is badged Fiesta in India and has not immediately replaced the Ikon in the Indian market.)
Ford Ikon in India
Ford relaunched its Ford Ikon in November 2008 with diesel and a CNG engine and better exterior changes making it match with the competition faced from Maruti Suzuki's Swift DZire and General Motors' Chevrolet Aveo in India. It also lowered the power/economy ratio in the 1.3 Flair version making it more economical than the previous 1.6 Nxt version.
Ford India introduced its Ford Ikon diesel with iKool edition with features like an iPod compatible music system, rear spoiler, "Autocop" anti-theft system and leather seat covers.
It was retired in early 2011 following the launch of the Mk VI Fiesta in India. The Ford Fiesta Classic (the Mk V Fiesta in saloon form, sold in India since 2005) effectively took the place of the Ikon in the market, but in South Africa it is still sold.
- "Ford. Ford In South Africa". Car-cat.com. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
|Ford India, automobile timeline, 1980s–present|
|Small Family Car||Ford Fiesta||Ford Classic|
|Ford Escort||Ford Fiesta|
|Large Family Car||Ford Mondeo|
|Mini SUV||Ford Fusion||Ecosport|