Ford has finally revealed the next generation Figo (B562) in Brazil, also known as the Ka in the international market. The American carmaker has revealed the upcoming offering in he concept guise. Similar strategy we had seen with the EcoSport at the 2012 Auto Expo, which had minimal styling changes on the production version. Similarly, the Ford Ka/Figo Concept has been introduced, which will be launched in almost identical production form next year. Ford’s entry level hatchback is slightly bigger in dimensions compared to the existing model and a sedan version is also under works.
The styling of the next generation Figo is very much in line with the existing Ford design language. The Aston Martin derived front grille with four slats of chrome looks imposing. The bonnet lines are sharp and the angular headlamp cluster is attractive. However, we expect a more realistic set of headlamps on the production version. The side profile reveals a muscular character line running across the shoulder and the roofline reflects a sporty hatchback stance. Notice the door handles, which are directly lifted from the EcoSport/Fiesta.
The alloy wheels on the Ford Ka/Figo Concept look well-sized but sadly they are likely to be tamer on the production mode. Somehow, the rear looks Hyundai i20 inspired with similar setup of tail lamps. Overall, the design is a big leap over the existing Figo. It will be based on the current Figo platform with lighter components. Engine options in India are expected to be the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol motor and 1.5-litre TDCI turbo diesel engine. The 2014 Figo will be loaded with the latest tech seen on the EcoSport. With over 90 percent localisation in India, aggressive pricing is expected.