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The Ford Figo, internal code name B562, is a subcompact hatchback manufactured by Ford India in its Chennai and Sanand plants. Based on the Mark V European Ford Fiesta hatchback, the Figo has been sold in developing countries since March 2010.
|Also called||Ford Ka|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door hatchback|
The model went offline midway through 2019 because of BS6 - Bharat Stage 6, which goes into effect in April 2020.
First generation (2010)Edit
|Also called||Ford Ikon Hatch (Mexico)|
|Assembly||India: Chennai, Tamil Nadu (Ford India)|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door hatchback|
|Related||Ford Fiesta Mk V|
|Engine||1,242 cc (75.8 cu in) Zetec-SE I4|
1,398 cc (85.3 cu in) Duratorq DLD-414 TDCi I4
|Wheelbase||2,489 mm (98.0 in)|
|Length||3,795 mm (149.4 in)|
|Width||1,680 mm (66.1 in)|
|Height||1,427 mm (56.2 in)|
|Kerb weight||1,040–1,130 kg (2,293–2,491 lb)|
The Ford Figo was unveiled in Delhi in September 2009. It is based on the same small car platform used for the Ford Fiesta and resembles the mark 5 Fiesta but with revised front and rear treatments. It is smaller than the Fiesta Classic which Ford also sells in India. The name "Figo" is a colloquial Italian word meaning "cool".
It was launched to the Indian market in March 2010, and by July 2010 there were 25,000 sales bookings across all variants. A facelifted model of the Figo was launched on 15 October 2012. This model has a larger hexagonal grill and redesigned head and tail lamps. It was released in South Africa in January 2013.
The Ford Figo available in both petrol and diesel versions, all with five speed manual transmissions and power steering as standard. Both engines meet the BS-IV (Bharat Stage - IV) emission norms.
The Figo diesel is equipped with the same 1.4-litre engine which is currently powering the Ford Ikon and Ford Fiesta and the Indian petrol version is equipped with a new 1.2-litre The petrol variant gives a mileage of around 12.5 kmpl in the city while on the highway it offers around 15.5 kmpl. and the diesel returns a mileage of around 16 kmpl in the city while on the highway it delivers a mileage of 19 kmpl.
The Figo was available in a range of specifications including LXI, EXI, ZXI and Titanium. The Titanium adds alloy wheels, dual air bags and ABS.
The Figo underwent a facelift in October 2012 although the car remains unchanged mechanically and uses the same engines.
The Mexican Ikon Hatch was available only with a 1.6 litre Duratec petrol engine producing 98 hp (73 kW; 98 hp) at 6500 rpm and torque of 142 N⋅m (105 lb⋅ft) at 4000 rpm.
The Figo was available with a 1.4 litre petrol engine with a manual gearbox or a 1.6 litre with a 4 speed automatic gearbox, which is same as ford focus mk2.
The South African petrol Figo was powered by a 1.4-litre producing 62 kW (84 PS; 83 bhp) at 6000 rpm and torque of 127 N⋅m (13.0 kg⋅m) at 4000 and is available in Ambiente and Trend models.
|Models||1.2 Duratec Petrol||1.4 Duratorq Diesel||1.4 Duratec Petrol||1.6 Duratec Petrol||1.6 Duratec Petrol|
|Market||India||India/South Africa||South Africa/Middle East||Mexico||Middle East|
|Type||1,196 cc (1.196 L; 73.0 cu in) 16V DOHC||1,399 cc (1.399 L; 85.4 cu in) 8V SOHC||1.4 L Duratec DOHC||1.6 L Duratec DOHC||1.6 L Duratec DOHC|
|Power||71 PS (52 kW; 70 hp)@6250||69 PS (51 kW; 68 hp)@4000||84 PS; 83 bhp (62 kW)@6000||98 hp (73 kW; 98 hp)@6500||98 hp (73 kW; 98 hp)@6500|
|Torque||102 N⋅m (10.4 kg⋅m)@4000||160 N⋅m (16 kg⋅m)@2000||127 N⋅m (13.0 kg⋅m)@4000||142 N⋅m (105 lb⋅ft)@4000||142 N⋅m (105 lb⋅ft)@4000|
|Overall Length||3,795 mm (149.4 in)|
|Overall Width||1,680 mm (66.1 in) (without ORVM)|
|Overall Height||1,427 mm (56.2 in)|
|Wheel Base||2,489 mm (98.0 in)|
|Ground Clearance||168 mm (6.6 in)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (litres)||45|
|Turning radius||4.9 m|
|Boot Space (litres)||284|
The Ford Figo was manufactured at Ford's plant in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. The 100,000th Ford Figo produced for the Indian market was delivered 15 months after its launch. The 200,000th Figo was sold during August 2012, after 29 months of production, while the 300,000th Figo was made in first week of August 2013, after 41 months of production.
Braking and handlingEdit
The Ford Figo had ventilated discs at front and drum rear brakes. The top variant came with an Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) which enhances the safety of the car by helping it stop in emergency situations.
During a crash, the Figo's engine automatically falls from the bonnet area to prevent the car from catching fire. Dual front airbags are available on a premium package.
The Figo had been awarded 20 Indian auto industry awards, more honours than any other car in 2010. The Ford Figo was voted the 2011 Indian Car of the Year by a panel of leading automotive magazine editors. It was also named runner-up in the 2011 South African Car of the Year Awards.
A series of Ford Figo print ads were created by JWT India, including a caricature of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in the driver's seat with three scantily clad women sitting gagged and bound in the trunk, a Paris Hilton caricature winking from the driver's seat while Kim Kardashian and two others are gagged in the boot, and a caricatured Michael Schumacher with Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso lookalikes gagged in the back. All three featured the same tagline: "Leave your worries behind".
The print ads were not approved by Ford, but were used as speculative renderings to promote the agency. JWT breached trust and used an approval from Ford to use other poster ads made for Ford as a tacit approval to enter the adverts into the GoaFest 2013 Advertising awards and adsoftheworld.com. Ivan Razl of adsoftheworld.com confirmed that the ads were removed according to the rules of the website as the letter was only a generic approval and the said ads were not approved, which was confirmed to him by JWT. After the publication of the ads, Ford responded by stating that the posters were contrary to the standards of professionalism and decency within Ford and its agency partners. JWT India's parent, WPP plc, apologized for the adverts.
After the incident, JWT India chief creative officer and managing partner Bobby Pawar and Blue Hive creative director Vijay Simha Vellanki resigned; and a further ten employees were reported to have been laid off.
Second generation (2015)Edit
|Also called||Ford Ka|
Ford Ka+ (Europe)
Ford Figo Aspire (sedan, India)
|Assembly||India: Sanand, Gujarat (Ford India)|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door hatchback|
|Related||Ford Fiesta Mk VI|
|Engine||1,499 cc (91.5 cu in) 1.5l Ti-VCT (Petrol)|
1,196 cc (73.0 cu in) 1.2l Ti-VCT (Petrol)
1,498 cc (91.4 cu in) 1.5l TDCi (Diesel)
|Transmission||6-speed dual-clutch automatic mated to 1.5l Ti-VCT (Petrol)|
5-speed manual mated to 1.2l Ti-VCT (Petrol) and 1.5l TDCi (Diesel)
|Wheelbase||2,491 mm (98.1 in)|
|Length||3,886 mm (153.0 in) (hatchback)|
3,995 mm (157.3 in) (Aspire)
4,254 mm (167.5 in) (sedan)
|Width||1,695 mm (66.7 in)|
|Height||1,525 mm (60.0 in)|
|Kerb weight||1,037–1,041 kg (2,286–2,295 lb)|
Ford India launched the second generation Figo in 2015, six years after the initial launch.
The second generation Figo is available in three engine options. The 1.2-litre petrol unit makes 88PS and 112Nm and comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Ford also has a larger 1.5-litre petrol on offer which is only offered with a 6-speed Dual-clutch transmission. This unit makes 112PS and 136Nm. And lastly, there is also a 1.5-litre diesel, churning 100PS and 215 Nm.
A performance oriented Figo S was also available. It includes a stiffer suspension setup, along with a rear sway bar and bigger wheels to improve the dynamic nature of the car.
Variants / Trim LevelsEdit
|1.2l Ti-VCT Petrol MT||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|1.5l Ti-VCT Petrol AT||-||-||-||Y||-|
|1.5l TDCi Diesel MT||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|ABS with EBD*||-||-||Y||Y||Y|
|ESP** + TCS*** + HLA****||-||-||-||Y (Only AT)||-|
|*Electronic brakeforce distribution, **Electronic stability program (ESP), ***Electric power-assisted steering (EPAS), ****Hill Launch Assist (HLA)|
|Infotainment & Connectivity|
|4.2" MFD Screen||-||-||-||-||Y|
|#SYNC (with Voice Control) & AppLink||-||-||-||-||Y|
The second generation Figo came with "Aston Martin-esque" front grilles. On the top end trims Titanium and Titanium+, the slats/bars and the grille surround are chrome plated. The lower trims get either Black or Silver painted grilles and grille surround.
Equipment highlights for the Figo included the MyFord Dock, first introduced on the Figo Aspire, which allowed occupants to easily charge their smart-devices and also use the same for navigation.
The second gen Ford Figo is offered with 7 paint options.
Ford India issued a statement saying that they had initiated a voluntary recall for approximately 42,300 units of the new Figo and the Figo Aspire owing to problems in the Restraint Control Module (RCM).
The software issue on the RCM can result in airbags not deploying in certain collisions. This may lead to loss of life. Ford stated that they will be carrying out software upgrade on the RCM on all affected vehicles across the country, free of cost. The recall applied to Figo and Figo Aspire units manufactured since the launch of both the vehicles until 12 April 2016.
Ford India initially targeted 20,000 units / month of average output for Figo and Figo Aspire from the Sanand, Gujarat plant. However reports indicated that Figo hatchback's sales declined by 60 per cent between October 2015 and March 2016, while the Figo Aspire's sales went down 74 per cent from its launch in August 2015 and March 2016. This led to slash in production to 10,800 units a month.
In 2018, a CUV variant of the Figo was introduced, known as the Ford Freestyle. It is slotted between the Figo hatchback and the EcoSport. It is available with a 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. Both engines are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The starting price is Rs 5.81 lakh. It is available in the following trims: Ambiente, Trend+, Titanium and Titanium+.
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