Ford Figo next generation India launch by 2014 end?
Ford Figo was first put on show in Delhi in 2009 and launched in Indian market in March 2010. Manufactured in Ford’s Chennai plant based on Fiesta’s platform, Figo got its own front and rear fascia and made a stunning sales record. Later in October 2012, it received standard facelift treatments like redesigned grille, head and tail lamps, and then launched in South African market in 2013.
Now, as rest of competitors are successfully eating on Figo’s sales share, Ford decided to pull off a next generation design with the hatchback, and make it look totally cool as ‘Figo’ would mean in colloquial Italian. In Brazil, Ford has already unveiled a new hatchack – Ka. This is the Ford Figo for India.
Both, Ford Ka hatchback and Ford Figo Sedan were revealed earlier this year as concept, in Brazil and India respectively. From the images, you can clearly notice the resemblance between the two. Features in new Ford Figo will include electronically adjustable & folding mirrors, satellite navigation system, state-of-the-art infotainment system with MP3 player and phone charging ports.
New Ford Figo is expected to feature a new 1.0 litre ECOnetic motor that features Dual-command Twin independent Variable Camshaft Timing (TiVCT ). This new engine will be able to produce 85 bhp of max. power at 6500 rpm. Diesel variant will be powered by a 1.5 litre engine.
Current powertrain options include 1.2 Duratec Petrol and 1.4 Duratorq Diesel engines. Figo petrol features 71 PS max. power @ 6,250 rpm and 69 Nm peak torque @ 4,000 rpm, while Figo Diesel offers 102 PS topmost power @ 4,000 rpm and 160 Nm supreme torque @ 2,000 rpm.
Next generation Figo will carry totally new looks and features, hence price can be imagined to be higher than what current trims quote, but may be well within competing scope.
As of now, Ford India is under production constraint, most of which due to the huge demand for EcoSport. But, their second plant, which is located in Sanand near Ahmedabad, is to be commissioned this year. Once both plants start production, not only Ford EcoSport waiting period will decline, but the new Figo and Fiesta will also be launched.
Price list of existing variants of Ford Figo hatchback (ex-showroom New Delhi):
Ford Figo Duratec Petrol 1.2
LXI – Rs. 3.86 lakhs
EXI – Rs. 4.34 lakhs
ZXI – Rs. 4.69 lakhs
Titanium – Rs. 5.06 lakhs
Ford Figo Duratorq Diesel 1.4
LXI – Rs. 4.82 lakhs
EXI – Rs. 5.30 lakhs
ZXI – Rs. 5.66 lakhs
Titanium – Rs. 6 lakhs