Ford India is preparing for the launch of two new cars in India. Known as Figo hatchback and Figo sedan as of now, the two variants are being extensively tested around their new plant in Sanand.
The test mule was spied in Sanand.
These two cars will be the first cars which will enter production at Ford’s world-class $2 billion car and engine plant. The plant, which is set to officially start production on 26th March, is located just outside of Ahmedabad, in Sanand.
The two new Ford Figo variants to be manufactured here, will not only be sold in India, but will also be exported to many markets across the globe, including Africa and Europe. A reader recently managed to capture Ford Figo export variant in his camera.
At the rear, the mule had a placard stating that it is a Left Hand Drive variant.
To be offered in a choice of petrol and diesel engine options, of the two Figo variants, sedan will be launched in July, while the hatchback version will be launched by September. Powering these cars will be a more powerful 1.2l TiVCT petrol engine (naturally aspirated) generating about 85 PS power and a retuned 1.5l Duratoq for high fuel efficiency. No EcoBoost engine will be on offer aboard either of them.
Ford Sanand plant was commissioned when the country’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, was the Chief Minister of the state, in 2012.
The Figo sedan is available in two trims, under 4 meter and above 4 meter. The former is for India, while the latter is for export. Both these variants will be manufactured at Ford Sanand plant. Production capacity of Ford Sanand plant is expected to be at 2.5 lakh units annually, in the first phase. In the first year of production, capacity will be at 1.5lakh units per annum (800-900 cars per day).