October 15, 2014: Ford has started testing the RHD (Right Hand Drive) version of the KA hatchback, initial spy shots are rolling in. KA is Ford's new global hatch, launched in Brazil and is coming to Asian and European market early next year. India is also getting a compact sedan based on the hatch, the concept of which Ford had showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo earlier this year. Recently, both the 2015 Figo hatch and its twin compact sedan have made their way in Brazil. Under the Ford's 'One Ford' we will be getting the same cars like we got the EcoSport and Fiesta. Now, Ford Brazil says that they have tried to keep the maintenance cost of both the vehicle as economical as possible. Expect the upcoming 2015 Figo -duo's to feature one of the lowest cost of ownership. Moreover, on the engine front, cars will be getting an all-new petrol engine - 1.0 liter TiVCT motor. While on the diesel front, we expect the 1.5 liter TDCI diesel motor. The current Ford Classic is expected to be replaced by this compact sedan, like Ford did while replacing Ikon with Classic when global Fiesta arrived in India.
Ford India, the fully owned subsidiary of the American auto giant has officially unveiled the Ford Figo Concept sedan in the 2014 Auto Expo. This is perhaps one of the most stylish introduction at the expo in India and the debut of this compact sedan marks the company's entry in to the sub-4-meter segment. This latest compact sedan comes with a brand new design language with a trapezoidal radiator grille, blacked out headlamps and other rugged style elements. The market experts suggest that this new concept sedan may replace the Ford Fiesta Class in year 2015. The company has built this sleek sedan on the same B2E platform as the company's compact SUV, Ford EcoSport and its production version is expected to arrive in the auto bazaar somewhere around next year. The Ford Figo Concept Sedan is expected to be powered by a 1.2-litre petrol mill and also the revolutionary 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, which was launched with the Ecosport SUV. The other engine option might be the 1.5-litre petrol engine, which is fitted in other car models of the company. There are also speculations that this compact sedan can get the 1.5-litre DV5 turbo diesel power plant as well. The complete specifications and other details are yet to be revealed by the company. The company claims that this upcoming concept sub 4 meter vehicle represents the advanced smart technology.
Currently, there is a stiff competition in the compact sedan segment, where MSIL and Honda are fighting for the leading spot. But, now other car makers like Hyundai and Tata Motors have already unveiled their models for a fiercest fight in this emerging new segment in the car market. By unveiling the Ford Figo Compact Sedan Concept, the American automaker has sent a clear signal that it is doing everything possible to win the competition in this popular segment. The company is planning to manufacture this model at its Sanand manufacturing unit, which is based in the state of Gujarat and it is expected to be officially launched in the coming year. According to the market experts, this four wheeler is expected to make its entry with an option to choose from a manual and automatic transmission gearbox. Also, it is expected to get equipments such as the company's own 'Sync' option with voice commands, Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phones, climate control air conditioning unit with heater, a multi-functional steering wheel with mounted controls for the audio system and the phone along with a number of other advanced aspects as well. There are quite a number of other features, which might include power adjustable external wing mirrors with integrated side blinker, air bags for enhanced protection, anti lock braking system and other sophisticated features.
When it comes to the exterior style, this concept version of the Ford Figo compact sedan comes with a breathtaking body design and style. On its frontage, it comes with new trapezoidal radiator grille with a lot of chrome garnish that has captivated the attention of car enthusiasts. The headlight cluster gets a sleek yet bolder design and it comes with a brand new lighting setup. However, there is a possibility that the production version could get a different design in comparison to this concept version. The company is offering the side profile with body colored ORVMs with side turn blinker, pull type door handles along with the chrome plated window sill surround as well. Its top end version will be offered with a sturdy set of alloy wheels that will bring a distinct look to the side profile. The rear end of this concept version gets design cues of the existing Ford Fiesta sedan, which makes it look decent. On the whole, the company has unveiled a striking new model that represents the new design language by their engineers.
The newly unveiled concept version of this Ford Figo compact sedan comes with an impressive look, thanks to the elegantly crafted front profile that will grab the attention in the first sight. The company has fitted a trapezoidal shaped grille up front and treated it with a lot of chrome. The headlight cluster of this sedan has swept-back design and it comes equipped with LED daytime running lights along with powerful headlamps. The bonnet on top has few expressive lines and it compliments the prominent company logo embossed on it. Below the grille, it has a decently crafted bumper painted in body color that comes with air intake section along with a pair of dynamic fog lights. The side profile of this compact sedan comes with sweeping curved lines moving from the front front wheel arches to the taillight cluster that gives it a sophisticated look. The company has treated the window sills with chrome while painting the door handles and the ORVM caps with body color. On the other hand, the company has fitted the wheel arches with stylish diamond cut alloy wheels, which further enhances its elegance. The rear profile of this compact sedan looks quite simple yet very stylish, thanks to the distinctly crafted taillight cluster. It comes with a new lighting pattern unlike the conventional sedans, which will make it look modern. The overall look of this compact sedan is simply stylish, which will certainly create a buzz across the automobile market.
The company has not yet disclosed anything regarding the exterior dimensions of this vehicle. However, while unveiling this concept sedan, it has promised that the vehicle will be placed in the sub-4-meter segment. Thus, we can expect that the vehicle will arrive with a length of under 4-meters, which will automatically qualifies it for obtaining tax benefits.
There is no information available regarding the interior design or features of this concept sedan. However, some exclusive pictures on the interweb suggests that this concept sedan comes with the interior design inspired from the Figo hatch. It also reveals that the interiors of this vehicle comes with a lot of silver inserts, which will make the cabin look luxurious. This concept version gets a black colored dashboard and it comes loaded with a stylish central console and an instrument panel. The steering wheel has three spoke and it is embossed with the company logo. We can expect that the vehicle will come with advanced features such as air conditioner, an integrated music system and much more. The seats and the door panels are expected to get fabric upholstery, while the gearshift console and the steering wheel might be covered with leather.
The Ford Figo Concept Sedan is expected to come with number of exciting comfort features such as an automatic air conditioning system, power steering with tilt function, electrically adjustable and foldable external mirrors, driver seat height adjuster, reverse parking sensors, remote fuel and boot lid opening, glove box compartment, rear defogger with timer and many other such features. It is also expected to come with some of the most important utility features such as cup holders, power sockets, sun glass holder, interior rear view mirror, floor carpets and numerous other such features. In addition to this, this compact sedan is also expected to come with a 2-DIN music player, which will keep the passengers entertained while traveling.
It is too early to say anything about the interior measurements of this vehicle as the company has not revealed anything in this regard. However, experts believe that this concept sedan might get a large wheelbase close to 2500mm, which will determine the leg space inside the cabin. On the other hand, it is also expected to come with a boot compartment with 320 to 350 litre storage capacity.
This upcoming compact sedan is expected to arrive with three engine options, which are said to be a 1.2-litre petrol, 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol and a 1.5-litre DV5 diesel engine, which are already performing duties in the prevalent Ford vehicles. Its 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine comes with 3-cylinders, 12-valves and has a total displacement capacity of 999cc . This engine can produce 123.4Bhp of peak power at 6000rpm, while generating 170Nm of commanding torque at 1400 to 4500rpm. Another petrol engine is the 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder motor that has 1196cc of total displacement capacity. This engine comes incorporated with SEFI fuel supply system that enables it to churn out a maximum power of 70Bhp at 6250rpm, while producing 102Nm of commanding torque at 4000rpm. On the other hand, it is also rumored to come with 1.5-litre DV5 engine that has 1498cc displacement capacity. This engine has 4-cylinders, 16-valves and comes incorporated with direct fuel injection system. It can unleash a peak power of about 89.8Bhp at 3750rpm that results in developing a commanding torque of about 204Nm at just 2000 to 2750rpm. All these engines are expected to be paired with an advanced 5-speed manual transmission gearbox that delivers torque output to the front wheels.
The Ford Figo Concept Sedan is most likely to get the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, which is capable of producing a maximum power of 123.4Bhp that results in generating 170Nm of commanding torque. On the other hand, the DV5 turbo diesel engine can generate 89.8bhp and yields 204Nm of maximum torque, which is fairly decent. It is also speculated that the company will offer this compact sedan with a 1.2-litre petrol engine that can churn out 70Bhp of maximum power, while developing 102Nm of peak torque.
This compact sedan powered by a 1.2-litre DOHC based petrol mill can reach a top speed of about 148 Kmph, while reaching the 100 Kmph speed barrier in just 14.8 seconds. Its diesel version is expected to be powered by a 1.5-litre turbo diesel mill that can reach the 100 Kmph mark in just 11.9 seconds and it can go up to a top speed of 175 Kmph. On the other hand, the EcoBoost petrol engine takes only about 11 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph mark and it is capable of reaching 190 Kmph speed mark, which is rather impressive.
The company has not revealed the technical specifications of this vehicle. However, it is rumored that this concept version will be powered by a 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine along with a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre DV5 turbo diesel engine. Its EcoBoost engine comes with an ability to produce 18.9 Kmpl of mileage, while its DV5 diesel engine might give away a maximum 22.7 Kmpl. On the other hand, the 1.2-litre petrol engine can return 15.6 Kmpl .
The owners can customize this compact sedan with exciting accessories that will certainly give a distinct look its interiors and exteriors. In terms of interiors, the buyers can opt for a chrome package along with leather upholstery, and numerous other utility functions. As far as exteriors are concerned, one can personalize the vehicle with alluring body graphics, spoilers, side chrome moldings and several other exciting cosmetics.
Like any other conventional four wheeler, this compact sedan is expected to get disc and drum braking system. The company might fit the front wheels with ventilated disc brakes, while assembling the rear ones with drum brakes. In addition to this, the company may also offer the anti-lock braking system for enhancing this braking mechanism. On the other hand, we can expect for the highly responsive power steering system with speed related function , which will reduce the efforts required by driver while maneuvering.
The front axle of this compact sedan is expected to be fitted with McPherson Strut type of suspension, while its rear axle might be fitted with torsion beam type of system. This robust suspension system is capable of dealing with all the jerks caused on roads and can improve the stability of the vehicle. As far as safety aspects are concerned, rumors suggest that the company might offer this compact sedan with features like ABS+EBD, engine immobilizer system, dual front airbags , seat belts with pre-tensioner with load limiter, central locking system, high mount third brake light and many other such features.
There are speculations that the upcoming Ford Figo Concept sedan will be offered with both steel and alloy wheels option for the customers. Its entry level variant might get 14-inch steel wheels while its top end version may get a stylish set of 15-inch diamond cut alloy wheels , which will be covered with a set of performance oriented tubeless radial tyres.
Very stylish body design, price is expected to be affordable.
Poor fuel efficiency.
“Mustang – Since 1964” do you want your ride to adorn this badge? The 'Blue Oval' company is gloating a galloping horse along with this badge on the instrumentation panel of the new Mustang. Adding to it, Ford starts production of its sixth generation of the pony car – 2015 Mustang. The new Mustang rolls out of the Ford's Flat Rock Assembly Plant and will be available globally (120 countries) by this fall. For the first time in its 50 years history Mustang will be available in 25 right-hand markets!
Ford has launched the next generation Figo/KA based sedan KA+ in Brazil (remember the concept they showcased at the Auto Expo in February). The Indian launch is slated early next year and the compact sedan will be produced at Ford India's upcoming plant in Sanand, Gujarat along with the next-gen Figo. When launched, it will compete with Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze, Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire and Tata Zest. The vehicle prices in Brazil starts from R$ 37,890 (just over Rs 10 lakh) but in India it will be priced competitively inline with its rivals.