Ford will update the Figo hatchback with an completely revamped version next year. The 2015 Ford Figo hatchback, along with its compact sedan sibling will roll out of the spanking new Sanand based manufacturing facility that the American automaker has just operation-alized. CarToq’s sharp shooter crew has managed to snag a minimally camouflaged 2015 Figo hatchback from a secret location in India.
Having already launched the new Figo in Brazil, Ford doesn’t have much to hide on the Indian version in terms of looks. Yet the automaker, in tune with the general practice that most of its ilk follow, has chosen to camouflage the car on test currently. However, the reduction in the amount of camouflage on the hatchback is indicative of the car’s launch in the next few months.
In terms of looks, the car adopts Ford’s new design philosophy. An Aston Martin-esque front grille dominates proceedings. At the rear too, things have changed substantially with the X’mas tree tail lamps done away with. Overall, the design of the new hatchback is more curvier than that of the current Figo. The new car also appears taller than the outgoing model. Ingress and egress is expected to get easier on the new version.
With the 2015 Figo hatchback and compact sedan, Ford has chosen to use a heavily tweaked version of the outgoing model’s platform, along with a new top hat, revamped interiors and a new engine line up. The 1.4 liter TDCI diesel motor, a mainstay of the car, gets replaced by the 1.5 liter TDCI unit. More power (68 Bhp to 75 Bhp) and more torque (160 Nm to 190 Nm) is expected to be the result. A five speed manual transmission will accompany this engine.
Things get more interesting with the petrol powered Figo twins. A non-turbocharged version of the 1 liter-3 cylinder EcoBoost unit is said to be the motor that will power these cars. Power and torque outputs of 80 Bhp and 105 Nm, a big detune from the turbo petrol motor’s original 125 Bhp-170 Nm is on the cards for the revised engine. The 1.5 liter TiVCT motor may also be offered as a sporty addition to the Figo twins’ line up.
Both the Figo hatchback and compact sedan are expected to retain Ford’s driving DNA, a factor that has endeared the current Figo and Classic cars to scores of driving enthusiasts in India. A taut suspension set up with a slight bias towards sharp handling and an all-new electric power steering calibrated to offer great feel are two factors that will be at the top of enthusiasts’ wishlists as far as the Figo twins are concerned.