Ford Figo facelift 1.4 Duratorq Titanium - Design Review
Expert Reviews : DesignUser Experience Performance Safety
Design Review of Ford Figo facelift 1.4 Duratorq Titanium
Last Updated at 08:40 pm, October 24, 2012Rating :
The facelift gives the Figo a more sober look than before.
It is human nature that pride often brings arrogance, attitude or aggression to the person who climbs up the ladder of success. Such aggression is usually looked upon as the confidence of the person or the proof of their success. Cars are no different. More often than not, the facelift of a successful product generally gives it a more aggressive styling and there are quite a few recent examples that back up this fact - the Hyundai i20, the Mahindra Xylo, the Verito etc.
Ford however decided to go the other way. Instead of making their successful Figo frown and show its teeth, they have made it look naive with the deer-eyes and a chuckling face! Okay, enough of those analogies, lets get down to what's new.
At the front the Figo gets a pair of redesigned headlights. The double-decker design with the turn blinkers stacked on top of the headlamp is gone. What you get now is the Fiesta like design with the turn blinkers going closer to grille and to the bottom-end of the headlight assembly. The headlamps now get more real estate in the bargain and the upper corner of the headlight assembly gets chrome garnish. The grille itself has undergone a major change too. The portion between the headlights gets additional slats and chrome, while the hexagonal air dam now falls in line Ford's current design philosophy that will be seen in full swing on the upcoming EcoSport.
The Figo's fog lamps have been mildly redesigned too and now sweep back into the car's side profile. Another change that you will observe is the new design for the alloys. It has the Y-spoke pattern similar to the one seen on the new Fiesta. The older design is still available as an option. But apart from these minor changes, the Figo's side profile design remains unchanged to the last detail.
The story is somewhat similar at the back too. The taillights have undergone a slight re-arrangement. Each taillight assembly on the Figo is a four-pot one, meaning there are four bulbs. On the outgoing model, the upper two comprise of the turn blinker and reverse lamp, while the lower two are the brake and tail lamp. This order has now been reshuffled on the facelift model. The rest of the elements remain the same on the back end.
Another major change in terms of design is the choice of colours. The signature 'Squeeze', or the metallic green in layman's terms, is gone. We believe that the colour wasn't doing any good to the Figo's sales anyway. In fact, we had even mentioned in our Used-car Buying Guide that the green hasn't been doing too well for the Figo since this shade attracts lesser resale value than the conventional red, black or grey. But that hasn't stopped Ford from painting the Figo in youthful, sporty colours. The facelift Figo comes in a bright yellow and the Ford blue shades as well!
First Published on 08:34 pm, October 24, 2012