CarToq renders the future Ford Figo compact sedan based on the Figo/Ka concept!
Ford has just unwrapped the Ka Concept in Brazil. The concept version of the car will eventually land into India and will replace the current version of the Figo hatchback. So, the 2015 Figo is what the new car will be known as in the Indian car market. Ford will also build a compact sedan version of the 2015 Figo, and this car is also India bound. We’ve managed to put together a render of the 2015 Ford Figo compact sedan and you tell us what you think of it in the comments section below this report. Also see: Ford Figo compact sedan spy photos
Coming to the other aspects of the 2015 Figo-based compact sedan, the car will replace the Ford Classic. Based on a modified platform of the Fiesta Mk5, the new compact sedan from Ford will compete with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze and the Chevrolet Sail. As of now, we have no word as to whether the new compact sedan would feature a sub-4 meter length. As the current-Figo measures 3,795 mm in length and as the next-generation version is expected to be similarly sized, Ford could have about 200 mm to squeeze in a boot. Also read: Figo / Ka concept showcased in Brazil
If that happens, the Ford Figo compact sedan, with a sub-4 meter length, will become eligible for a lower excise duty. Engines, being another aspect of qualifying for lower excise duties, are likely to be shared between the 2014 Figo hatchback and compact sedan. The 1 liter EcoBoost turbo petrol motor and a 1.5 liter TDCI turbo diesel motor are two engine options that Ford could use in the compact sedan with the view of gaining excise duty concessions. Other features and interiors are also likely to be shared between the two new cars.
Ford will roll out the 2015 Figo hatchback and compact sedan from its new factory at Sanand, Gujarat. The hatchback version will be built and launched first. While a late 2014 or early 2015 launch for the 2015 Figo hatchback is being speculated, the compact sedan is likely to be launched later, in 2015. Expect a high degree of localization and a child-parts strategy for the new crop of budget Fords as the American car maker is keen on offering a value-price tag and affordable ownership costs.