The Ford Figo is the American manufacturer’s only small car in India and the company is set to launch a refined version of Figo hatchback today. However, its predecessor, the Fusion wasn’t able to perform very well in the Indian market, contrary to which the Figo was successfully able to make its presence felt and offer a decent competition to the existing players. But recently the sales have again started to go down a bit, indicating an upgrade for this not so little hatchback. With the launch of new 2015 Ford Figo, the company is looking buy back their position in this very segment.
Looking at the vehicle’s exterior profile, it is hard to ignore the humble features coupled with the overall sporty design characteristics. Up front the large sweptback, wing shaped headlamps sport a fresh composition which the vehicle received with the 2012 facelift. The fog-lamp housing is designed in accordance with the headlamps and when combined with the large air dam housed on the bumper, gives the car a surprised-smiling face. Moving on to the sides we get swelled wheel arches and a broad window frame highlighted by black detailing. At the back things are not surprised and smiling, but a little bit awkward. The sloping window ends with a bulge in the boot lid and is surrounded on both sides by sleek vertical tail lamps.
The interiors of the Ford Figo are a nice place to be at. The cabin features an all-black colour scheme, though there are silver highlights which are evenly distributed on the dashboard and door panels, providing the vehicle with a sporty touch. What gives the cabin an outdated feel are the standard multimedia system and the air-con vents housed below it along with the plane and sturdy looking steering wheel. There are plenty of cup holder and cubby holes provided, so one will never feel the lack of any storage space in the vehicle. The Figo comes equipped with steering mounted controls, Bluetooth connectivity, tilt adjust steering and electrically adjustable outside mirrors. Talking about the safety, the top spec variants of the vehicle gets dual front airbags along with Anti-Lock braking system (ABS).
Engine and performance
The Ford Figo gets a 1.2 litre petrol motor which churns out 71bhp and a peak torque of 102Nm. It gets a 1.4 litre diesel motor as well, which is capable of producing 69bhp and 160NM of torque. Both the engines are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox which transfers the power to the front wheel.
Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10, Chevrolet Spark, Toyota Etios Liva, Nissan Micra, Hyundai i10 and Renault Pulse are some of the other B-segment hatchback that the Ford Figo competes against.