Ford India has at least one vehicle in almost all the varied segments of the automobile sector. They have a charming hatchback as well, which is being sold off the showrooms like hot cakes. This adorable and charming small car in the hatchback segment is Ford Figo, which is doing impressive sales since the time it was first launched in year, 2010. This stylish hatchback is being offered with both petrol and diesel engine options and has been instrumental in changing the fortune of the company in the car market. The mid level variant in the 2012 Ford Figo petrol lineup is the EXI trim, which has quite a number of comfort and safety features, but at the same time has been equipped with a powerful engine that gives out an amazing fuel efficiency. The company has equipped this trim with a performance packed 1.2-litre petrol mill, which can displace about 1196cc and has been mated with a smooth and efficient five speed manual transmission gear box. Some interesting features of this Ford Figo Petrol EXI trim includes body colored front and rear bumpers, a receptive power steering, an efficient air conditioner unit, anti drip wiping, a power socket, three point seat belts, laminated windscreen and many more such brilliant features, which will certainly impress the buyers.
The exteriors of this hatchback has an aerodynamic overall structure and is very sleek with a smooth and lustrous body line. The frontage of this Ford Figo Petrol EXI has a stylishly designed front radiator grille, which has some chrome elements and a large logo of the embedded in the center. This front grille has been flanked with a bright head lamp cluster, which have been fitted with radiant and powerful lights. The front body colored bumper is curvy and it also has a large air dam in the center. The front wind screen is laminated as well as glazed and is fitted with a couple of intermittent wipers. The side profile external rear view mirrors and pull type door handles, which add to the style of this hatchback trim. The company has fitted the wheel arched of this trim with a set of sturdy and robust 14 inch steel wheels, which have been covered with superior tubeless radial tyres of size 175/65 R14. The rear end also gets a body colored bumper, which has a bright tail lamp cluster.
The company has done up the interiors of this mid level variant very tastefully and have included quite a few impressive aspects in it as well. The seating arrangement comfortable and the seats are covered with good quality fabric upholstery, which adds to the elegance of this variant. The rear seat can be folded to get in more stuff, which is an added advantage. Other features include a day and night inside rear view mirror, a front power point of 12V for charging mobiles and other equipment. This mid level variant also gets a couple of cup holders between the front center console and also foldable grab handles with coat hooks above both the rear doors. The central console and the instrument cluster have quite a number of warning and notification lamps to keep the driver updated with the vital statistics of the hatchback. Some of these notifications include a digital odometer and a trip-meter for keeping a track of the distance traveled, a distance to empty to keep the driver updated about the fuel refilling, a low fuel warning lamp, a chime if the head lamp is left turned on after switching off the ignition and a few more such notifications as well. Apart from all these, there are a few other storage spaces, which help the passengers to keep a few important things handy whenever they need them.
Engine and Performance:
The company has equipped this Ford Figo EXI trim with a performance packed 1.2-litre petrol engine. This engine can displace 1196cc and is fitted with four cylinders, which are further equipped with sixteen valves in total. This engine also has a dual over head cam shaft (DOHC) and is also integrated with a highly developed Sequential Electric Fuel Injection (SEFI) fuel supply system, which ensures better fuel efficiency and more mileage. This engine has the ability to churn out 69.58bhp at 6250rpm in combination with a maximum torque yield of 102Nm at 4000rpm. This impressive petrol mill is mated with a smooth and competent five speed manual transmission gear box for better gear shifts.
Braking and Handling:
The company has fitted this latest hatchback with a proficient braking and suspension system. The front wheels has ventilated discs, which help in efficient braking. While the rear wheels are equipped with a drum based braking system. On the other hand, the robust suspension system of this hatchback keeps it balanced and gives an effortless driving pleasure to all the occupants. The front axle of this Ford Figo EXI is fitted with an independent McPherson strut type of mechanism with dual path mounts. Whereas, the rear axle of this revamped hatchback is equipped with a semi independent twist beam along with coil springs for enhanced comfort for the rear passengers.
There are quite a few practical features that have been integrated in this variant. The list includes a powerful and efficient air conditioning unit with a heater, which cools the entire cabin very quickly, a chunky and responsive power steering that helps in maneuvering this new hatchback with ease and comfort even in peak traffic conditions. Then there is a remote fuel filler opening and also anti drip wiping of the front wind screen through the intermittent wipers.
This variant has been fitted with some of the most essential and fundamental safety functions. The list includes a laminated and glazed front windscreen for better visibility for the driver in all conditions, three point seat belts for front and back seat passengers along with a lap strap for the center occupant of the back seat. Apart from these the instrument cluster has a few important notification and warning lamps, which keeps the driver updated and alert about many crucial features of the vehicle.
Pros: Robust engine, good mileage, decent interiors.
Cons: Many more features can be added, lesser leg room.
The mechanism by which power is transmitted from the engine to the wheels.Transmission type could be Manual,Automatic, Continuously Variable Transmission, or Semi-Automatic.
The maximum amount of fuel that the engine can burn in one complete cycle of all the cylinders together.
The amount of work the engine can do over a period of time. It is measured in Horsepower. One Horsepower is equal to the energy needed to lift 550 pounds at a height of one foot for one second. 1 PS=1.01387 bhp.
The maximum power output the engine can
produce over a particular range of speed.
Sudden braking at high speeds can cause the brakes to lock up and the car to skid. The electronic sensors in the Anti Lock braking System rapidly pressurize and depressurize the brakes, thus stopping them from locking up.
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