Ford India is riding high on the success of its entry level hatch model in the auto bazaar. In a bid to improve its sales further, the company has rolled out the 2014 version of Ford Figo with minor cosmetic updates. What truly is impressive about this latest version is its smart features that lets you stay connected to the world all the time. The company is offering this refurbished version with in-built Wi-Fi connectivity system along with several other innovative features. It comes with advanced features such as speed intermittent wipers, intelligent central locking system, rapid deceleration warning, speed sensing volume control and other advanced features. The company has not made any changes to the technicalities of this model and it is offering with the same old petrol and diesel engine options. The Ford Figo Diesel Titanium is the top end variant in its model series and it is powered by a 1.4-litre SOHC based common rail diesel engine that produces 68.5Bhp of maximum power, while yielding 160Nm of peak torque. On the other hand, the company has discontinued the exterior paint options such as Colorado Red, Bright Yellow and replaced them with Mars Red and Paprika Red.
The newly introduced Ford Figo comes with an improved style, thanks to the redesigned cosmetics. The company has modified the front bumper and also restructured the design of air dam and enhanced its overall size for better air intake. The console of the front fog lights have been reshaped, that brings a fresh new look. Its front upper grille gets the chrome garnish and it is decorated with the company logo in the center. On the side profile, the company has improved the structure of fenders, which brings a muscular stature to the side, while giving an extended stance to the frontage. These fenders have been fitted with a set of 14-inch alloy wheels that gives a stylish look to the sides . On the rear profile, the company has re-treated the design of the bumper with dual tone look that gives a rugged appeal to the rear. The rest of the design of this hatch remains to be the same as the outgoing model. This hatch model comes with 3795mm of total length, 1680mm of total width and 1427mm of total height. This vehicle comes with 2489mm of wheelbase, which is quite large.
The company has retained the interiors of this model, while installing some of the smart features inside. The company has added the driver and passenger side airbags along with a Wi-Fi connectivity system. Its dashboard gets the same old design and it is equipped with number of features such as AC unit, advanced infotainment and connectivity device and other control switches. In addition to these, the company has also equipped the steering wheel with audio control buttons that enhances convenience of the driver. You can notice some of the important features including the day/night inside rear view mirror, 12V front power point, cup holders in front console, deluxe floor console , removable parcel tray, passenger vanity mirror and foldable grab handles with coat hooks. There is an advanced instrumentation panel installed inside the cabin that features a digital odometer and trip-meter, tachometer, door ajar warning, low fuel warning, water in fuel indicator, distance to empty and other such aspects.
Engine and Performance:
This particular variant is equipped with a 4-cylinder, 8-valve, 1.4-litre diesel power plant with a total displacement capacity of 1399cc . This engine is equipped with a common rail fuel injection system and works on the base of SOHC valve configuration system. It can produce a maximum power output of about 68.05Bhp at 4000rpm, while generating 160Nm of peak torque at 2000rpm. This engine is paired with an advanced 5-speed manual transmission gearbox that allows the front wheels to draw the commanding torque output. The company claims that the vehicle can give away a maximum mileage of about 20 Kmpl, which is pretty good.
Braking and Handling:
The refurbished version of Ford Figo is blessed with a disc and drum braking system that works efficiently in all conditions. The front wheels of this hatch have been fitted with ventilated disc brakes, whereas its rear wheels have been equipped with drum brakes. This braking system is reinforced by the anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution system . The company has equipped this model series with hydraulic power assisted steering system that responds instantaneously and provides crisp response to the driver.
The Ford Figo Diesel Titanium trim comes as the top end variant in its series and it is blessed with top rated comfort features. The company has fitted a powerful air conditioning system inside that cools the cabin quickly irrespective of the temperature outside. The manufacturer has also equipped the features like power steering system with tilt function, remote fuel filter opening, 3-speed intermittent wipers, front power windows, remote boot opening with electric function and numerous other features. It is also blessed with an electrically adjustable outside mirrors, cup holders, storage compartment and many other utility based features. This top end variant is also equipped with an infotainment and connectivity system with CD/MP3 player with the support for AUX-In, USB and Bluetooth devices. For the convenience of the driver, the company has equipped the steering wheel with audio control buttons.
This particular model in the Ford Figo series is blessed with a lengthy list of protective functions that ensures good safety for the occupants inside. It comes with dual front airbags that protects the occupants in the cockpit in case of collision. It also has 3-point seat belts for all the passengers along with lap strap for rear center passenger, which will hold the occupants firmly in position. The list of other safety aspects include laminated glazed windscreen, intelligent central locking system, ABS+EBD, rear defogger with auto cut-off function , rear wiper/washer and front fog lamps. The company is also offering this trim with advanced features such as smart programmable key less entry and an engine immobilizer system.
Pros: Good comfort features, improved new style.
Cons: Expensive price, head space needs to improve.