Ford Figo facelift to come wearing significant design updates; will receive new Dragon series petrol engine
Ford launched the Figo hatchback with much expectation to grab a good share in the highly competitive hatchback segment. Due to the steep competition from rivals, the car has been unable to meet the company’s expectation despite doing a decent job. But, Ford didn’t give up and is preparing to launch a facelifted version of the Figo that is expected to come with significant updates in terms of design and on the mechanical front as well.
Test mules of the upcoming Ford Figo facelift model were spied on Indian roads fuelling a launch following the arrival Figo Freestyle. Despite the camouflage, the test mule hinted at the possible changes the American auto major has made to the car. Apart from the design updates, expect it to come donning several upmarket features inside the cabin in an attempt to become more appealing compared to the current model.
A big change will be an all-new Dragon series petrol engine under the hood. This engine will come more powerful and more refined compared to the current petrol motor. Also, this engine will deliver more fuel efficiency as well. Now, before the facelifted Ford Figo arrives in the Indian market, let us take a look at the so far known facts of this hatchback:
2018 Ford Figo India Price
Expect the Ford Figo facelift to come priced slightly higher than the current model. The present Figo hatchback is priced between Rs. 4.80 lakh and Rs. 7.70 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Expect the upcoming model to be priced between Rs. 5 lakh and Rs. 8 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
|2018 Ford Figo Expected Price||Rs. 5 lakh – Rs. 8 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi)|
2018 Ford Figo India Launch
Ford Figo facelift is likely to launch in the country sometime during the first quarter of next year.
|2018 Ford Figo Expected Launch||Sometime in early 2019|
2018 Ford Figo Engine and Specification
A big change in the facelifted Ford Figo hatchback is going to be the new petrol engine from the Dragon family. The current Ti-VCT petrol motor available under the hood of the Figo hatchback is going to be replaced with a new 1.2-litre Dragon series petrol engine. The 1.5-litre petrol motor in the top-end trim too could come from the Dragon family. This engine has already made its debut in the facelifted EcoSport.
This engine will be produced at Ford India’s Sanand facility and it will get new technology such as integrated exhaust manifold, rocker shaft with hydrodynamic bearings, variable oil pump and dual-valve independent valve control. The new full aluminium engine will come 10% lighter and it will get individual ignition coils for each cylinder, spark plugs centralized in combustion chamber and hydraulic tappets with rotor arms. The new engine will come complying with new and stricter emission norms. Performance and fuel efficiency too are expected to be improved.
On the other hand, the diesel engine is expected to remain same as the current model. The 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine is coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox and it pumps out 99 bhp of peak power at 3,750 rpm and 215 Nm of peak torque from 1,750 rpm. This engine delivers 25.83 kmpl of fuel efficiency. Expect the engine to kick out same power and torque output, while the fuel efficiency too would remain same. We expect the 1.5-litre Dragon petrol from EcoSport to be solely reserved for the Sports variant in the upcoming Figo, so that it can take on Baleno RS and Polo GT.
6-speed AT (1.5L Petrol only)
|Maximum Power||87 bhp @ 6,300 rpm
123 bhp @ 6,500 rpm
99 bhp @ 3,750 rpm
|Maximum Torque||112 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
150 Nm @ 4,500 rpm
215 Nm @ 1,750 rpm
|Fuel Efficiency||18.16 kmpl (Petrol MT)
17 kmpl (Petrol AT)
25.83 kmpl (Diesel)
2018 Ford Figo Exterior
In terms of design, the upcoming Ford Figo facelift will come with significant updates. It would become sharper, muscular and more attractive compared to the current model. Expect the swept back headlamps to come with sharper appearance and they would sport projector units along with integrated LED daytime running lights. The front grille too could don a sharper hexagonal look and plenty of chrome garnishing as well.
Expect the front bumper to come with a more muscular and chunky look compared to the current model. There would be a sleek central air intake and neatly positioned fog lamps. Moving to the side profile, the new Ford Figo will come with new design alloy wheels. Apart from that, the basic silhouette would remain same.
There will be turn indicator integrated ORVMs, blackened glass area and door handles could come wearing chrome garnishing. Moving to the rear fascia of the hatchback, it would sport identical taillights and a chunky bumper. Apart from that, other changes are unlikely to be there in the facelifted model.
2018 Ford Figo Dimension
Dimensionally, the upcoming Ford Figo facelift would remain same as the current model. The current Ford Figo hatchback comes measuring 3,886 mm in length, 1,695 mm in width and 1,525 mm in height. It also has a wheelbase of 2,491 mm and 174 mm of ground clearance. The Ford Figo hatchback comes with 257-litre boot space capacity and 42-litre of fuel tank capacity.
2018 Ford Figo Ground Clearance
The 2018 Ford Figo hatchback would come with 174 mm of ground clearance. This means the ground clearance will remain unchanged in the facelifted model.
|2018 Ford Figo Ground Clearance||174 mm|
2018 Ford Figo Boot Space
The current Ford Figo offers 257-litre of boot storage capacity. Expect the upcoming facelifted model to get the same.
|2018 Ford Figo Boot Space||257-litre|
2018 Ford Figo Interior
Not only exterior, Ford Figo facelift will come wearing updates inside the cabin too. The most significant change would be a touchscreen infotainment system at the dashboard that is missing in the current model. The steering wheel, instrument cluster could come same as the current model. Thanks to the touchscreen infotainment system, the new Figo will be much more appealing compared to the current model.
Expect the seats and upholstery to come wearing improved quality material. As there won’t be any change in the dimensional figures, space inside the cabin of the new Ford Figo would remain same. Apart from that, expect some new features to be introduced inside the cabin in order to make the car more attractive.
2018 Ford Figo Safety Features
The 2018 Ford Figo will come with several safety features. The top-end trim of the hatchback would get six airbags, ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensor, reverse parking camera, seatbelt warning, speed sensing door lock, engine immobilizer etc.
2018 Ford Figo Rivals
Ford Figo competes with rivals like Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10. With the facelift, Figo hatchback will become more competitive against the rivals.
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