New Ford Figo twins use 1.2L TiVCT petrol, retuned 1.5L diesel – IAB Report

Posted on: Feb 18, 2015 - 7:14pm IST

Both cars will be made in Gujarat. 

The new Ford Figo hatchback and compact sedan will launch this year, with production slated to commence at Ford’s new Sanand manufacturing plant before the end of March 2015 (in case of the compact sedan).

New Ford Figo compact sedan spied India
The compact sedan will rollout from the plant before the hatchback.

Multiple sources say that the new Figo twins will feature a newly developed engine. The petrol engine in question is a 1.2-liter four-cylinder unit with Ford’s TiVCT technology (Variable Cam Timing). This unit is nothing but the old Figo’s 1.2-liter naturally aspirated motor with a new cylinder head and peripherals, that’s fully localized.

Where the engine makes 71 PS on the current Figo, thanks to the added tech, this motor will produce close to 85 PS on the new Figo and compact sedan, putting it at par with B-segment rivals like the Swift, Bolt and Grand i10 (Dzire, Amaze, Zest and Xcent in the compact sedan segment).

New Ford Figo side spied India
The FIgo is powered by a 1.0-liter petrol engine in Brazil.

Ford will not equip these cars with the Classic’s 1.4-liter diesel engine, but instead, sources say that a retuned version of the 1.5-liter Duratorq diesel will be powering the Figo twins. Where this engine makes 91 PS on the EcoSport and Fiesta, on the hatch and sedan, even if the output is dialed up, it will be calibrated for “excellent” fuel efficiency, a source said.

Ford is also believed to have acted upon customer feedback that these engines could use a bit more grunt under full load.

Ford Figo Concept Sedan Launch Images taillight
Expect the company to make a formal announcement on the new Figo twins in the coming weeks.

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While initially the new Figos were planned to launch with a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine (Ecoboost), the cost aspect has turned the tide in favor of the old 1.2 with TiVCT technology, we learn.

Ford’s automatic transmission (6-speed Powershift) currently only comes with the 1.5-liter TiCVT petrol engine on the EcoSport and formerly on the Fiesta. If Ford, like on the EcoSport, has chosen not to pair it with a smaller engine, then this variant will not qualify for excise duty benefits due to the higher displacement. The upside is that the cars would outclass, in performance, all naturally-aspirated motors in its price range.

When contacted on the new engine, Ford India declined to comment.

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5 thoughts on “New Ford Figo twins use 1.2L TiVCT petrol, retuned 1.5L diesel – IAB Report

  1. dinesh shekhar says:

    Ford, if you listen and are willing to listen us – the genuine feedback about our expectation would be :
    Please avoid using the same sort of engines (from the current gene Figo, even after adding a valve). It will really make wonders, if you use the ecoboost engine – could have localized it, if it was foreseen, from the time you launched the Ecosport. In such a highly competitive market with products from Honda and Suzuki are majorly gaining ground, both feature-wise or quality-wise, if you dont bring the best, it would be tough to regain the popularity in this part of the globe. While you give your best products to China, why the step-motherly treatment for us? It is a wake up call for you!

    1. AM2 says:

      In Ford’s engine hierarchy, the more powerful (and more expensive) 1.0 EcoBoost slots above both the 1.5 Ti-VCT and 1.6 Ti-VCT petrol engines. This is the reason it serves as an optional engine in the more expensive EcoSport and Fiesta (outside India). It only makes sense that the Figo, being Ford’s entry level model, will have a lower-spec engine to keep prices low.

  2. sri says:

    Ford should bring back the IKON name in the new sedan form.

  3. Joy says:

    I don’t think these new Figos have any winning USP favouring them. The designs are very very simple and all cost-cutting measures have been taken taken care from design stage itself. But I was hoping the engines to be the game changers. The 1.5L diesel with 91PS will benefit with less excise duty. Whats wrong with using the same version. Just because new Fiesta produces 91PS, that does not mean Figo should make less power. And the main disappointment is the petrol engine. The one that Ford is trying to introduce is a dated engine. I was really hoping the 1L engine the Brazilian model uses to make here. Even without the turbo, it is a very good engine and sadly that is not making India. So, Ford bring all the cheap products to India and ask us to buy. I think I am starting to hate Ford now.

    1. hi2aravind says:

      Valid points.. Ford should have made these cars more attractive otherwise they will look outdated during launch itself. Hyundai could transform i20 with stunning design and the sales is proving that customer wants good looking cars also (apart from reliability etc).

      Happy that at least they are improving the engine and hope diesel feel more refined..


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