Ford India has reached the next level in the Indian market after it launches is popular small car in India, the Ford Figo which was launched in March 2010. Since then there has been no looking back since the Figo provided great handling of Ford with spacious interiors and decent fuel economy with both petrol and diesel engine variants with trim levels designed to cater to the needs of a variety of customers. Ford Figo is also exported from India to many countries and is running successfully across multiple automobile markets. To take the success further and keep up with the new technology and competition, Ford India is planning to give Ford Figo a facelift soon. A test mule of new 2012 Ford Figo has been spotted testing on Indian roads.
What Is New In 2012 New Ford Figo?
The new model of the Ford Figo will be more of a minor facelift with refreshed headlamps and tail lamps design and minor tweaks on the exteriors. The body panels continue to remain the same, much like we have seen in the facelift of the Hyundai i20.
In terms of other changes which we expect to appear on the Ford Figo 2012 include some feature changes which maybe re-aligned based on the customer feedback. Ford India has also realigned the variant lineup of new Ford Fiesta inIndia to offer better value for money and improved value proposition with well adapted new trim levels. The same approach maybe used when introducing the new Ford Figo which is expected to improve the value for money factor even further for Figo which is already a very good value with the ongoing variant.
We also expect some tweaks to the engine, like retuning and other improvements to improve the performance and fuel economy of the engines further. Petrol prices have gone really up in the last two years which has hugely affected car buyer’s preferences when it comes to fuel economy and petrol-vs-diesel factor. Majority of the cars sold in India are now diesel cars which used to be other way round until a few years back, which will also make Ford India to retune the engines for better fuel economy and make the cars more lucrative for the buyers.
On the interiors also we expect some pleasing changes and improvements which will help improve the comfort and pleasing feel of the car even further and give it a fresh new looks as per the taste of buyers based on the customer feedback and experience of Ford designers.
Updated on 11 June 0212:
We will keep updating this article when more information arrives, so stay tuned to Car Blog India for latest updates.
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Updated On 17th August 2012:
Some more pictures and a video of the 2012 Ford Figo has been spotted which reveals more details about the new Ford Figo.
Some of the confirmed changes in the new model 2012 Ford Figo are:
- Front grille gets minor facelift
- Front bumpers get new design
- Front Fog lamps have been redesigned
- Headlamps are re-designed with the turn indicators towards the bottom of the headlamps
- Side profile is almost the same with minor changed towards the lower end of the sides
- Rear tail-lamp cluster outer share remains almost the same, but the design and positioning of lamps and lights have been revamped
- The central console and audio system has also been enhanced to add more features
- There are minor feature changes on the interiors
All in all, it’s a minor facelift with small changes and not any major revamps in the body panels. This will help Ford by delivering a refreshed model without spending heavily on the the redesign. This is something like we saw on the new Hyundai i20 which got a minor facelift in mid 2012. We will update this section as more information arrives, stay tuned to Car Blog India for latest updates.
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Updated On 18th September 2012:
Some fresh pictures of the Figo facelift have been spotted on the roads of India, this time, without any camouflage whatsoever. The new Figo has a larger hexagonal grille design with some more chrome on the grille. The larger air-dams, new design headlamps with turn-indicators moved towards the lower side of the headlamps, change the shape of fog-lamps housing making in more pointed towards outside are some of the changes you see on the front.
Looking at the rearm there is a horizontal chrome strip below the Ford logo at the rear above the license plate area. The tail lamp design has also been modified with the stop lamps moved towards higher side.
The side profile is not much different from the older Figo, but an updates alloy wheel design does make it look more attractive.
Below is one more closer look of the chin. On the interiors and features front, we expect some minor upgrades including some extra gadgetry and features on the top Titanium trims.
We will keep a close look on the developments and will keep you posted, stay tuned for more updates.
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