Updated on 3rd February 2014
Ford will reveal a compact sedan concept based on the Ka concept in India today. The car will be an almost-production ready variant of the car that was spied testing in 2013 (spy shots below). We will bring you live updates from the event, keep tuned in to Car Blog India. Read more about the new car below.
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Updated on 15th November 2013
Over the years, the Figo has been Ford’s best selling car in India and has made good fortunes for the company. The speculation in the last few months was that the company is fiddling with the idea to develop its next generation. After that, many spy shots of a camouflaged hatchback under test were posted on the internet. This gave further air to the speculation. Many believed that there could be a sedan derivative of the Figo too. These speculations are now facts as a camouflaged Ford Figo sedan was spotted recently, it has been given the internal code-name ‘B562’ according to reports.
The camouflaged mule did not reveal much about its looks or style factor yet we believe that it may bear a completely overhauled, aggressive design language just like the latest Ford Mondeo. It may also have a fully feature packed cabin similar to Ford’s other car the EcoSport. The first impression suggests that it may be a 4 meter plus in length. As far as the Indian product line is concerned, this car can easily replace the Ford Classic. Check out the photos of the camouflaged car below:
On the engineering side, there is no expectation for platform upgrade. Hence, you will most probably see a 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbo petrol engine and the 1.5-litre diesel engine in the car. However, for the Indian market, the company might decide to give the next generation Figo and Figo sedan the 1.2 litre petrol motor and the 1.4 litre diesel motor that power the current Figo in India. There could be a change of material used in the construction of the body panels as the company intends to make the car lighter as well as more efficient. To keep the pricing relevant and competitive, the American company intends to increase local sourcing of parts. This move will also cut down the expected delivery time of the car, once it is launched.
The car may come to the market in late 2014 . Although there is no word about its India launch, it will go head to head against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Honda Amaze and the upcoming Hyundai Grand i10 sedan.