Ford India is planning to offer Automatic transmission in Figo for export market, especially Middle East. Sources say that Figo Automatic will be powered by a 1.6 litre petrol engine that produces 100 bhp of maximum power.
The gearbox will be 5-speed automatic. Ford India could launch the same 1.6 litre Figo with a manual transmission for sporty enthusiasts in the country. Last year, during an interview with Vicky.in, Ford India President and Managing Director, Michael Boneham mentioned that there are NO plans to introduce an automatic transmission, LPG or CNG variants of Ford Figo.
In July, Ford India, as part of the company’s initiative to engage readers on some hand-picked blogs and websites, gave us Figo for five days. We were delighted by Figo’s big car feel, eye-catching colors, nice trim levels, powerful aircon system, Bluetooth and the impressive 284 litres boot space
We test drove Figo diesel. The 1.4-litre Duratorq diesel which drives the Fiesta also powers the 1.4 TDCI diesel Ford Figo, and we know the capabilities of this engine well. The Figo diesel has got superb drivability, fantastic low and mid-range response for city driving. Rated at 68 bhp with 160nm of torque at 2,000 RPM, this is a very drivable engine in any RPM range and has a nice meaty roar. This Bharat IV compliant engine is very smooth. Ford claims 0-100kph times of 15.8 seconds for diesel models and we managed to get close to that.
The Ford Figo on the move behaves in a very tame fashion. Power delivery is linear and not frightening. The diesel engine’s turbo is present and the buildup is precise and sane. This 1.4 TDCI motor is more inclined towards efficiency rather than outright performance. It is not underpowered anywhere through the rev range, nor did we find a turbo lag at any speeds.
Driving on 175/65 R14 Tubeless radials and assisted with ABS and EBD, braking was sharp and precise. No problems whatsoever were noticed by us during cornering, and the Figo felt well-planted at all times. With independent McPherson Strut with dual path mounts in the front and a semi – independent Twist Beam coils at the rear this is another sweet handler.
Mileage figures of 19.5 kmpl on mixed driving conditions didn’t surprise us because the 1.4 TDCI is acclaimed for this virtue.
There are few things we missed on the Figo such as rear power windows, height adjustment for the steering, dead pedal, 60-40 split rear seats, no alloy wheels on the top end. However, we loved its largest boot best in class, Panic braking warning tail lamps, lane changing indicators, mileage of the efficient TDCI engine.
Ford currently offers Figo in 1.2 litre petrol variant with prices starting at Rs. 3, 54, 930 (ex-showroom, Delhi) and 1.4 litre diesel variant with prices starting at Rs. 4, 54, 030 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Figo petrol is not as ‘fun to drive’ as the diesel variant because of the engine’s lack of punch. But we hope Figo 1.6 litre petrol to be a promising car and petrol heads will be waiting to unleash Figo’s handling potential with the 100 bhp under its hood