Ford has re-entered the hatchback segment of the Indian car market after a brief hiatus with the new Figo. This new hatchback is totally different from its predecessor in almost every department; be it looks, features or quality. Ford has also priced this car very aggressively to give it an edge over its extremely capable rivals.
Powertrain and Performance
The engines available to the prospective Figo hatchback customer are the same as those that power the Figo Aspire compact sedan: a 1.5 litre, 4 cylinder petrol engine that delivers 110 bhp; a 1.2 litre, 4 cylinder petrol engine that puts out 87 bhp and a 1.5 litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine that produces 99 bhp. Customers of the 1.5 litre petrol version have the option of choosing a 6 speed, dual clutch automatic gearbox in addition to the 6 speed manual transmission available in the other models. The 1.5 litre diesel engine is a gem of a motor and it also has the added benefit of returning an ARAI-certified fuel economy figure of 25.83 kpl. To make driveability on Indian roads with its notorious potholes and speed bumps an easier affair, Ford has given this car a ground clearance of 174mm.
Build and Styling
To appeal to the modern Indian car buyer, Ford has kitted out the new Figo with all sorts of gadgetry such as Ford Sync with AppLink system that enables the driver or any of the passengers to make phone calls or use the built in text to speech system or play music and so on using voice commands. The car also has the Ford MyKey; which is a feature that lets things like speed limits, audio volume levels and so on be programmed. The MyKey will also turn off the audio system if seat belts are not used, all in an effort to promote safe driving. Another feature is the MyFord dock which allows users to mount, charge or store a smartphone or an MP3 player or a navigation device. This device can also be integrated with the entertainment system of the car. Other features include electrically adjustable and retractable rear view mirrors, 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, hill launch assist, ESP, a 257 litre boot, a 12 volt DC socket and automatic climate control, amongst others.
The new Figo certainly does have all that it needs to defeat the competition and thrive in its segment. Not only does it combine modern looks and features, the car is built solidly and, with a service interval of 10,000km, you will not have to keep visiting the service centre either. Ford has also made the accessibility of genuine spare parts easier to encourage owners to not opt for third party components. All these details will go a long way in ensuring the success of this car.