Evolution - Ford Figo
When one talks about Automotive Evolution, Ford is one car manufacturer that is bound to come. Henry Ford as we all know was the first person who developed and manufactured the first car that numerous working class individuals could bear. Ford redefined the term ‘car’ from a costly interest into a commonsense transport that significantly redefined the scene of twentieth-century transportation.
Figo which means ‘cool’ in Italian has been catering to the budget hatchback segment in our auto space from the past 6 years. Just like our past evolution stories of Honda City, Maruti Swift, Mahindra Bolero and others, we take Ford Figo this time. Let’s take a look at its evolution!
Generation 1 2009-
Ford launched the Figo in the small car segment to match up to the rising demand for diesel hatchbacks. Figo offered great interior space, attractive features, a frugal TDCi diesel motor this and all of this came at a very lucrative price which made the Figo an instant hit with the masses. Ford cars have always been known to handle well and the Figo was no different. A lot of auto experts termed it as the best handling hatch in its segment. However, despite being a great value for money proposition, Figo could never really withstand its competitor’s artillery.
Generation 1 Facelift 2012-
The American hatch saw its first facelift in 2012 which gave the car some subtle cosmetic upgrades that included new alloy wheel design, hexagonal front grille redesigned headlamps and taillamps, steering column mounted audio controls along with new blue seat fabric design to name a few.
No major mechanical changes took place in this update and it carried forward the same 1.4-litre diesel motor along with the 1.2-litre petrol engine. Ford also worked on Figo’s engine calibration which gave it slightly better acceleration figures.
Generation 2 2015-
Based on Figo Aspire’s platform, Ford re-launched the Figo for our market last month. A 100 PS diesel engine, a dual-clutch petrol automatic, standard airbag across all its variants and a price tag that undercuts all its rivals, Ford has ticked all the boxes with this one.
The top-end variant also gets segment first features like Ford MyKey (allows you to set a speed limit to a particular key), Ford Sync (aligns your phone with the car’s music system and also lets your use apps on it) and six airbags!
The first generation Figo had a go-cart like character, steering on this new version is a bit on the lighter side and doesn’t exactly weigh up with speed which might be a bit disappointing for Ford loyalists.
We drove the new Figo all the way from Delhi to Agra on the mighty Yamuna Expressway, have a look.
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