New Ford Figo hatchback to be launched in India by year end – Report

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Likely to come with 1.2 petrol and 1.5 diesel as Aspire sedan.

With the Figo Aspire compact sedan ready to set sail in the coming months, Ford India will launch the new Figo hatch by end of the year, reports OnCars. Both cars are already on sale in Brazil as Ford Ka and Ka+ sedan, though the latter has a bigger boot for South American markets.

New Ford Figo side spied India
The to-launch new gen Figo hatchback sells in Brazil as the New Ford Ka.

On the outside, the hatch shares the Aspire’s trapezoidal honeycomb grille and elongated headlamps, while the cabin and the dashboard design will be largely similar to the Aspire for good economies of scale.

The hatch will share the same engines with its sedan sibling – the 1.2-liter 4-cylinder Ti-VCT petrol motor with variable cam timing making about 85 PS, and the 1.5-liter Duratorq diesel from EcoSport and Fiesta producing about 90 PS retuned for better fuel efficiency. The 1.2L petrol motor is the same naturally aspirated unit as the current Figo’s with a new cylinder head and peripherals. The 1.4-liter Duratorq engine that is currently used will be dropped, according to sources.

The Figo Aspire Titanium has been announced with Ford’s SYNC system with App-link and side and curtain airbags and the hatch is expected to share almost the same features at least in the top-trim.

Ford Figo Aspire dashboard from the Indian premiere
The Aspire’s cabin (pictured) will be common to the hatchback.

The new Figo was spotted testing with an AT for the first time, which could be listed on the market in due course. A base-level trim was also spied earlier having one side mirror, small steel wheels, and black body fittings.

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The Figo twins will be manufactured at the Blue Oval’s new plant in Sanand, Gujarat, with the production of the Aspire sedan having already commenced.

Ford Figo Aspire – Image Gallery

[Source – Oncars.in]

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