The second quarter of 2015 will see two big launches from Ford India – the next generation Figo hatchback and compact sedan. While the Figo hatchback will draw from the Brazilian Ford Ka (above), the compact sedan will be based on the Figo Concept Sedan seen at the 2014 Auto Expo, and will replace the current Figo and Fiesta Classic respectively.
Based on the same platform as the outgoing car, the 2015 Ford Figo will use a fresh petrol engine. The wheezy 1.2-liter petrol unit will be replaced by a fully-localized, naturally aspirated, 1-litre petrol engine based on the EcoBoost architecture. The current 1.5 liter diesel engine will soldier on, but will be tuned for more torque and efficiency.
The Ford Figo Cross
Hatchback based pseudo-crossovers are seeming to catch on, so following the hatchback and the compact sedan, Ford might want to take a crack at a Figo Crossover in 2016. If it ever becomes a reality, it’ll compete with the Fiat Avventura, Toyota Etios Cross and VW Cross Polo. Joining them this year will be the Maruti S Cross and the Hyundai Elite i20 Cross.
Like the norm of this nouveau segment, this Figo Cross imagines the typical additions – black, plastic body-cladding, scruff plates, roof rails, aggressive new grille, new wheels & tires and a slightly raised ground clearance. Expect the Figo Cross to be powered by similar petrol or diesel engines from the Figo.
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