Ford Figo sedan expected to be a tough contender in sedan segment

Wednesday 28 May 2014, 10:47 AM by

Ford has been a known brand among the Indian buyer lot. The American car-maker had generated a large amount of curiosity with the Figo sedan codenamed as Ka concept at the recently ended Auto Expo 2014 event in Delhi. Ehab Kaoud, chief designer, Ford North America, lead designer for the Ford Figo Concept, said, “The Figo Concept represents our vision of a refined, no-compromise approach to designing a compact car. So often in this segment you see designs based on current trends and fashions that quickly look dated. We wanted instead to create a premium, long-lasting design that is clean and elegant, and which conveys a sense of precision, efficiency and sophistication.”

Ford Figo sedan expected to be a tough contender in sedan segment |
Ford Figo sedan expected to be a tough contender in sedan segment

As per a recent update, the Ka sedan is stated to be based Ka hatchback platform. The Ford website for Brazil showcases the Ka concept in a hatchback form. Brazil-spec Ka hatchback could come with a 1.0 litre, three cylinder, 12 valve motor and a 1.5 litre, four cylinder, 16 valve motor. Both the motors will come with flex fuel capability; however the company has not yet given a nod on the engine line-up yet. Production version details for the Figo sedan has not yet been revealed yet. At the February held Auto Expo event, the Figo sedan was unveiled by Dave Schoch, Group VP, Ford Motors and Nigel Harris, Ford president. It is expected that the car may feature a 1.0 Litre engine that may churn out about 80 bhp. Nigel Harris, Ford India President, said, “Consumers are more demanding than ever, wanting and expecting more from their cars, even if they are first time buyers. They expect and demand great fuel efficiency and low cost-of-ownership from the initial price throughout the life of the vehicle. The Ford Figo Concept offers all of this, and more, with sophistication, fresh design, world-class quality, a roomy interior, and innovative smart and safe technology.”

As seen at the event, the car appeared to be quite spacious on the interior. It is expected that the interiors may carry an upmarket feel to compete with the current lot of sedans in the country. The exteriors look smooth and mature. As per sources the electrical side views mirrors are flexible and has been particularly designed for bumper-to-bumper city scenario. Company has not spoken about the pricing yet as the sedan has just been showcased. More details on the pricing and exact specification may be known post an official launch. As per sources production for the car may begin sometime by the end of 2014 or early 2015.

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