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Latest on Ford Figo: 06 July, 2015
Ford India Private Limited (FIPL), the completely owned subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company, rolled out its popular Figo hatchback in a refreshed avatar, dedicated at the domestic small car buyers on October 15, 2012. The reworked Figo boasts of its smashing great looks coupled with a tweaked engine, which is marketed as the car's USP. Festive launch of the new and peppy Figo, a master stroke by Ford The Ford Figo model has been a game changer for the American automotive giant and has contributed to a major chunk of the company's total sales from the entire country. The rejuvenated hatch has been laced with visually appealing sporty looks that will enable the car to give its competitors a run for their money in terms of cool quotient.
Ford Figo, a Hatchback has 8 versions available in India. Ford Figo has 4 Petrol cars and 4 Diesel cars. Other popular cars in the similar price range of Ford Figo are Chevrolet Beat, Hyundai i10 and Honda Brio. Ford Figo comes in 9 colours, namely, Bright Yellow, Chill, Colorada Red, Diamond White, Kinetic Blue, Moondust Silver, Panther Black, Sea Grey, Squeeze.
Launched in 2010, the Ford Figo hatchback received its first update in 2012, with some exterior, interior and mechanical changes. It’s one of the most awarded and popular Fords cars in India. On the exterior, the car sports new trapezoidal grille, modified headlights with a larger reflective surface, re-designed front bumper and fog lamps with bezel treatment along with two new colors. The interior shares a great resemblance with the old model. However, it gets new coral color, new fabric upholstery, seats with adjustable head rests and improved lumber support, steering mounted audio controls and few more updates. The new model is powered with the same 70.02bhp, 1.2-litre, 16V Duratec petrol and 68.05bhp, 1.4-litre Duratorq diesel engines, paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The car drives exactly same as the old model. However, the engine performance and gearbox shifts and response are improved.
Further to this, read Ford Figo Road Test details by our expert.
The various fuel trims in Ford Figo are priced differently. The Petrol trims are priced between Rs. 4,33,257/- to Rs. 5,71,093/-. The Diesel trims of Ford Figo start at Rs. 5,29,397/-.
Ford claims that the hatch has received around 100 changes, including 10 new styling elements. The new model features modified headlights with a larger reflective surface, re-designed front bumper, fog lamps with bezel treatment and trapezoidal grille at front end. It also gets new design alloys and tail lights, while rest of the design and dimensions remain unchanged. The hatchback is now available in two new colors - Bright Yellow and Kinetic Blue.
Receiving minor changes, the interior of the hatchback looks similar to the old model. The dashboard remains same, but the interior gets a new coral color, while an option of Riviera Blue color on the instrument panel is available only on Titanium trim. With new fabric upholstery, adjustable head rests and improved lumber support, seats feel more comfortable. However, they lack under thigh support. Steering mounted audio controls, stereo system with USB connectivity and double bulb weather strips on the doors for cabin insulation are few evident interior updates. Like most Ford car models, the hatchback comes equipped with plenty of entertainment and comfort-enhancing features.
Engine & Transmission
The hatchback is available with same petrol and diesel engine options. The 1.2-litre, 16V Duratec petrol engine churns out a maximum power of 70.02bhp at 6250rpm and a peak torque of 102Nm at 4000rpm. The 1.4-litre Duratorq diesel motor delivers a maximum power and torque outputs of 68.05bhp at 4000rpm and 160Nm at 2000rpm. Both the engines are linked to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Performance and Handling
With improved engine calibration, the hatchback offers slightly better performance than the old model. The acceleration and pedal response are also improved. The diesel engine has minimal turbo lag and quick throttle response. The gearbox feedback and shifts, too, are better than before. Though the driving dynamics and ride quality remain unchanged, it’s, still, one of the most fun-to-drive Ford cars models in India.
The braking capabilities of the hatch are good, though the pedal bite is adequate. The front wheels are equipped with ventilated disc brakes, while the rear wheels get drum brakes. ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution), available only on top-model, further improves its braking performance.
The 1399 cc Diesel - powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 14 kmpl in city and 18 kmpl on highways, while the Petrol variant offers a mileage of 12 kmpl on urban roads and 14 kmpl and freeways, respectively.
The base variant of the hatchback comes equipped with 3 point seatbelts for front and rear seats, lamp strap for rear centre passenger and laminated glazed windscreen, while the intelligent central locking, smart programmable keyless entry, engine immobilizer (PATS), rear defogger with auto cut-off and driver airbag are available from the mid-level variants. The top-spec model gets advanced ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution), driver and front passenger airbags, rear wash/ wipe and front fog lamps along with all the standard features.
The Figo is one of the most frugal and fun-to-drive Ford cars in India. With better styling, improved engine calibration, excellent driving dynamics and competitive pricing, the updated hatchback is a great value-for-money product.
Maruti Swift Vs Ford Figo
Both the cars look sporty and very outgoing. The Swift appeals with its sporty design, well-finished and feature-rich interior. However, the rear seat is restricted, and it has a small boot space. The Swift offers higher fuel efficiency, strong performance and decent handling. The Figo, on the other side, offers a perfect blend of comfort, style and practicality. It’s well-equipped and rides well, too. With slightly more calibrated engine and responsive gearbox, the hatchback runs effortlessly in city traffic.
Note: Specifications for Figo Duratorq Diesel Titanium 1.4 (Diesel) have been mentioned
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