Ford Figo petrol-automatic to launch soon: Timeline revealed

Ford’s Figo has been around for a long time in the Indian market. The Figo currently offers only a manual transmission with the petrol and diesel variants of the car. With the rising demand for the automatic transmission in the country, Ford is all set to launch an automatic six-speed variant of the hatchback.

Ford Figo petrol-automatic to launch soon: Timeline revealed

According to ACI, Ford will launch the new variant of the Figo next month, which is August 2020. The 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated engine that generates a maximum power of 96 PS and peak torque of 120 Nm. The three-cylinder engine will get a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission, which is also available with the Ford EcoSport. Just like the EcoSport, the Figo may also get paddle shifters to engage the driver.

The exact variant with which the automatic transmission will be available remains unknown but it is highly likely that the higher-end variants of the hatchback will offer the new transmission. The Figo automatic is expected to carry a price tag of around Rs 8 lakhs. There are no plans to offer diesel-automatic as of now.

The Figo takes on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift and Hyundai Grand i10 NIOS in the Indian market. With the new transmission option, the car will be more equipped to take on the rivals.

The current Figo was updated officially last year in March with a few minor changes. It keeps the car updated in the segment. The Figo is also offered in a Blu variant that offers a sportier stance and highlights all over the body.

There is a decently long list of features that is available with the Figo. The top-end variant of the car offers keyless entry, automatic climate control system, push-button start/stop system, automatic headlamps and wipers, parking camera and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system too. The infotainment system is touchscreen-enabled but misses out on the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The Figo also comes with standard safety features including dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, seatbelt reminders and speed alert system. The higher-end version also gets a class-leading six-airbag system and adjustable rear headrests. It should be noted that Ford discontinued the 1.5-litre petrol engine and automatic variants in January 2020. The discontinuation happened due to lower demand in the segment for these variants. The rivals of the Figo including the Swift and Grand i10 NIOS offer automatic AMT transmission at the moment.