Ford unveiled the next-gen Ford Figo as the Ka concept to the Brasilian media at the end of last year. The new hatchback was spotted testing in Brasil many times and now the manufacturer has unveiled the car for the South African market.
Developed by Ford Brasil, Ka is the concept that forms the base for this next-generation Figo. Now the car is produced at Ford's manufacturing plant in India and will be exported to other markets. This new Figo sports most of the components from the concept car. The fascia boasts of the Aston-Martinish grille that is seen on most new products from the carmaker. The Ford EcoSport and new Fiesta facelift also get it. The design and shape of the headlamps and tail lights is the same as the concept car, though they are not incorporated with LEDs.
Inside the cabin, the new hatchback’s interior is expected to be equipped with features similar to the ones in the Aspire sedan. These might include automatic climate control, a programmable MyKey, Bluetooth with Voice Activation, ABS, ESP, hill launch assist. In addition to standard dual front airbags, side airbags will be offered as an option.
The diesel variant of the new Figo is expected to be powered by the same 1.4-litre TDCI engine that the outgoing Ford Figo is equipped with. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost petrol mill might be made available by the company in the base variants. However, to keep the costs down for emerging markets like India, Ford might do away with the turbocharger for these models.
The new Figo is expected to be exported to other markets from Ford's plant at Sanand, Gujarat. The Figo on sale now was made at the Chennai plant along with the Classic and the EcoSport. The Ford EcoSport was launched in Brasil first and then introduced in India, similarly the new Figo might be brought to our country just after the South African launch. Accompanying the hatchback, the new Ford Figo sedan concept, Aspire will also be launched.
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