Ford commences 2015 Figo hatchback testing in India

Ford India has commenced the testing program of the 2015 Figo hatchback. A camouflaged test mule of the 2015 Figo was spotted testing in India. The car is just a few months away from a launch here, what with Ford planning to roll out the Figo in the first half of 2015 from the spanking new Sanand factory. The 2015 Figo will be first car to roll out of Ford’s new Sanand factory, which will also produce the compact sedan iteration of the new Figo. While the compact sedan version will replace the Classic sedan, the 2015 Figo will replace the existing hatchback. Both cars will be heavily localized in order to meet price expectations from buyers in India.

Ford commences 2015 Figo hatchback testing in India
2015 Ford Figo Hatchback Spyshot


Notably, Ford has imported the 2015 Figo hatchback from Brazil with three engine options, 1.2 liter and 1.5 liter petrol motors and a 1.5 liter TDCI turbo diesel motor. While initial reports speculated that the 2015 Figo will be sold with a 1 liter-3 cylinder non-turbo version of the EcoBoost motor, the hatchbacks imported for Research and Development purposes do not indicate the 1 liter petrol motor option. The addition of the 1.5 liter turbo diesel engine to the 2015 Figo hatchback line up comes up as a welcome change considering the fact that the 1.4 liter Peugeot sourced diesel motor in the current Figo makes the car feel a touch underpowered.

Ford commences 2015 Figo hatchback testing in India
2015 Ford Figo Hatchback, known as the Ka in Brazil


The import of the 1.5 liter TiVCT motor equipped Figo hatchback also suggests that Ford India could be mulling a hot hatch version of the 2015 Figo, as a car that will take on the likes of the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI. Apart from the more powerful engines, the 2015 Figo hatchback comes with new exterior and interior designs, in line with Ford’s global design philosophy. Expect a range of new features and infotainment options to make it to the 2015 Figo hatchback. The hydraulic power steering of the Figo, which gives the car a fantastic driving feel, is likely to be replaced by an all-electric unit that offers slightly better fuel efficiency. Ford enthusiasts in India will be hoping than the 2015 Figo retains the fun-to-drive nature that has been characteristic of the current model.

Via AutocarIndia & Zauba