The next generation Figo is already on sale internationally and will make it to India in late 2015, replacing the current model and the Classic in Ford’s lineup.
Ford India struck gold when it launched the Figo hatchback in 2010. The car not only has been a high volume seller, but also made the American auto giant into a mass market segment player overnight. Four years after launch, the Figo has started to lose steam in the B-segment hatchback space with the company struggling to keep consistent numbers. However, Ford has launched the next generation Figo internationally in Brazil and the model is confirmed for an India launch next year and will be replacing the current generation model.
Unlike the international market, Ford India is choosing to stick to the Figo badge, considering the popularity the brand enjoys in the country. The company is currently working on the new Figo that is being tuned to suit Indian conditions, while maintaining the distinctive characteristics from the old generation model that made it so popular in the segment. The Figo has been known for its simplistic design, roomy interiors, expansive boot space and frugal yet powerful petrol and diesel engines coupled with overwhelming handling.
The new generation Ford Figo will be based on the same platform as the current model and featuring a new exterior design language complete with the Aston Martin-esque grille. The styling is much more sharper and definitely looks fresher than the current generation model. Ford will also replace the Classic in its lineup with the Figo compact sedan that was showcased as a concept earlier this year. Ford will launch the hatchback and compact sedan versions of the next generation Figo in the first half of next year.
The Ford Ka twins recently commenced sale in Brazil with a range of new flex-fuel engine options. The Indian version will most likely get the petrol derivatives of these new engines, while the existing 1.2-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel cannot be ruled out either. Before the EcoSport came into the market, the Figo was the company’s highest selling car, while also being the highest awarded one too. Ford India will commence production of the new Figo in March 2015, churning out the new model from its upcoming Gujarat plant.
Source – Economic Times