An unannounced ‘Ford Figo Blu’ was spotted on test in India by Team-BHP reader Bhushit Dave. The mule is likely the facelifted hatchback with a factory-fitted CNG kit.
The Figo will gain 1.2- and 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engines from the Dragon engine family with the facelift. For economy-focused customers not willing to shell out the premium commanded by the 1.5-litre diesel engine, Ford will introduce a petrol-CNG option, likely a derivative of the new 1.2-litre motor. The availability of the bi-fuel option should boost demand from cab and fleet operators.
The facelifted Ford Figo looks the same as the export-spec version. At the front, there’s a new mesh grille featuring a chrome surround, daytime running lamps highlighted with C-shaped chrome detail and a restyled bumper. At the rear too, there’s a new bumper, with a C-shaped moulding at each corner echoing the chrome detail on the front bumper. The stripes on the doors and tailgate are specific to the ‘Blu’ model.
Inside, Ford will introduce the 6.5-inch SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.
The new 1.2-litre Ti-VCT three-cylinder petrol engine produces 96 PS and 120 Nm of torque. Paired with an all-new 5-speed manual transmission, it will likely deliver a fuel economy of over 20 km/l. The copy-pasted diesel engine will also send the drive to the wheels via this new transmission, which is almost 15% lighter and requires 40% lesser gear oil than its predecessor.
The new 1.5-litre Ti-VCT three-cylinder petrol engine develops 123 PS and 136 Nm of torque. It will come married to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The new Ford Figo will go on sale in India in early 2019.
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