Ford India recently launched the new Freestyle CUV in the pseudo-crossover market. The company will also launch an updated Aspire within a couple of months. Even the Figo facelift will be launched in India, this year. These three cars should help Ford consolidate its position in the B- and C-segments of the Indian car market.
As per latest reports, the Ford Figo facelift will be launched in October this year. The facelifted Figo will likely become a stronger rival to the Hyundai Grand i10 and the Maruti Suzuki Swift. The Figo facelift is already on sale in certain international markets, which means we know about most of the new bits it will carry. The upcoming Figo facelift will have an updated front-end and rear-end. The front facade will carry a new grille and a new bumper. The rear will also have a new bumper while the tail lamps will see some minor updates.
On the inside, the Figo facelift will get a handful of updates. The dated SYNC infotainment unit will make way for the much more modern SYNC3 system. The new infotainment unit will offer a touchscreen interface along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The interior will also get an upholstery change and some new features.
Other than the host of cosmetic changes, the upcoming Ford Figo will offer an important mechanical update. The current 1.2-litre TiVCT petrol engine, which hasn’t been received too well owing to its lacklustre low-end performance, will make way for the all-new 1.2-litre Dragon series engine that debuted in the Freestyle. The new 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder, petrol engine offers 95 bhp and 120 Nm. This makes it much more powerful than the K12 motor of the Swift. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
The Figo might even get an automatic transmission along with the 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder, Dragon engine from the Ford EcoSport facelift. The 1.5-litre motor offers 122 bhp and 150 Nm. The current diesel engine, which is the tried-and-tested 1.5-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged TDCi motor, will be carried over unchanged. This engine offers 98.6 bhp and 215 Nm. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Once again, this engine is more powerful than the Maruti Suzuki Swift’s 1.3-litre diesel engine.
We also expect the Figo facelift to get some price revisions. Going by the prices of the Freestyle, it looks like the Figo will receive a substantial price cut. This should make the hatchback a great value for money offering.
Source – Autocar