The Figo test mule spotted here is running the same temporary registration plates that the current Figo was using when it was being tested on the Chennai highways for the last couple of years. In fact it is also running the same old taillights that came from the old Fiesta hatchback sold in Europe. There is nothing new about the body then. What Ford is actually testing is a new engine!
After the phenomenal success of the Figo twins in India, Ford is all set to add another variant to the line-up, in the form of a ‘1.4-litre petrol’. This engine will give Ford an upper-hand over its other rivals like the Maruti Suzuki Swift and the recently launched Nissan Micra. Since most of these hatchbacks run a tax-saving 1.2-litre engine, save for the Grande Punto 1.4, the Figo will have an advantage over these rivals with a variant that caters to customers looking for more power. There are also speculations of a 1.6-litre engine being tested in this test mule, but we think otherwise.
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The 1.4-litre petrol engine is already being manufactured by Ford India for the Figo that is exported to South Africa. Hence it makes more sense to plonk this engine into the Indian Figo’s engine bay. The 1.6-litre engine, which also powers the Fiesta sedan, uses components that are imported, which makes that engine a rather expensive affair. Plonking that engine into the Indian Figo will sky rocket the prices of this highly economical small brand and will create a huge void between the 1.2-litre and the speculated 1.6-litre variant. The 1.4-litre on the other hand will not only be economical but will also be more practical since the market for a 1.6-litre hot hatch isn’t all that big in India.
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The 1.4-litre petrol engine produces a healthy 84PS @ 6,000 rpm with 127Nm of turning force dialed in at 4000 revs. Expect the better power to weight figure to translate into a 15-odd kmpl overall fuel efficiency for the Figo 1.4. With its 45-litre fuel tank capacity, expect the Figo 1.4 to give you a driving range of 700+ kms on the highway.
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As far as the features go, we are expecting Ford to throw in a set of fog lamps (front and back) as standard. The ZXi and Titanium variants on the Figo could also get rear power windows since the lack of this feature is one of the most ridiculed aspects of the current Figo twins. Expect the new 1.4-litre variant to be approximately Rs. 30-50,000 dearer than the equivalent 1.2-litre variants. The car is expected to go on sale by Diwali 2010 , but given the current backlog of the Figo 1.2-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel variants, we won’t be surprised if the 1.4-litre petrol Figo’s launch is postponed till early 2011. Watch this space for more info…