Ford of Brazil has readied up the Figo, a.k.a the Ka hatchback for launch in that part of the world later this year. A Ford dealer from Brazil has posted an image of what is bandied out to be the 2015 Figo’s dahsboard. From the image, it is apparent that the 2015 Figo takes cues from the likes of the EcoSport crossover and the new Fiesta sedan, in terms of dashboard design and layout.
The cellphone inspired center console, twin pod instrumentation console, and a satin and black theme is carried forward while the factory fitted stereo’s speakers are housed in the A-pillars. Another interesting detail on the dashboard is the built-in, smart phone docking cavity, a pointer towards the new car reflective of the changing times, where smart phones are increasingly handling infotainment functions such as music, phone-calling and navigation.
The next-generation 2015 Figo hatchback, codenamed B562, is expected to arrive into India next year with production slated to happen at the American automaker’s upcoming factory at Sanand, Gujarat. The same factory will also churn out the sub-4 meter, compact sedan version of the Figo, which was first revealed at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The cars will be based on a modified version of the current Figo’s platform.
However, it remains to be seen as to which product Ford will introduce first in India – the compact sedan or the hatchback? In terms of mechanicals, both cars are expected to use the 1.5 liter TDCI turbo diesel motor as the major engine offering while the non-turbo version of the 1 liter-3 cylinder EcoBoost engine is likely to power the petrol powered variants.
Expect a 5 speed manual gearbox to be standard fare with an automatic gearbox to be offered as an option. Ford India is gung-ho on exports from India. The next-generation 2015 Figo hatchback is likely to be a major export car for Ford India, as is the case with the current version. The compact sedan, on the other hand, is expected to be an India-only model, apart from being exported in a limited fashion to neighboring nations owing to its sub-4 meter form factor.