The Ford Figo compact sedan concept made its debut at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo and the production model was supposed to be launched here early next year, followed by the hatchback version. Now though, reports suggest that Ford India is planning to launch the Figo hatchback this year itself. This will be followed by its compact sedan counterpart, which will stay on schedule.
Design wise, the production model of the hatchback will be very similar to the Figo sedan concept with the exception of the boot. Ford might also skimp on the equipment list to keep the price tag competitive. Like the sedan, the hatchback will retain the Aston Martin-esque front grille and the sleek headlamps, designed along the lines of Ford’s global design language. The rear features wrap-around tail lamps, similar in design to the Ka hatchback and a hatchback spoiler.
It is still unclear if Ford is planning to introduce a new engine for the Figo hatchback or stick to their current engine options. The petrol variant might get the existing 70bhp 1.2-litre petrol or a new EcoBoost-derived three-pot 1.0-litre Econetic engine. The diesel variants might be powered either by a 68bhp 1.4-litre diesel or the 89bhp 1.5-litre TDCi unit. Both the petrol and diesel engines will send power to the front wheels through a five-speed manual gearbox.
The next-generation Ford Ka, which will get the Figo moniker for India, has been spotted testing in Brasil a few times and will be launched there before the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Competition in the cut-throat B+ hatchback segment is heating up, with a number of manufacturers planning to refresh their offerings. The segment will soon be updated with new products like the Hyundai i20, Tata Bolt, Skoda Fabia, Honda Jazz as well as the facelifted Fiat Punto and Maruti Suzuki Swift. As for the Figo sedan, the sub-four metre car will have to play catch with the new Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze, Maruti Suzuki Dzire and the upcoming Tata Zest.