Ford India will unveil the much awaited Figo Cross during an official event on January 31. The crossover version of the Figo hatchback will likely launch as the Ford Figo Freestyle. The upcoming model has already been spied on many occasions and seen here are the latest spy images of the new car. Basically, the India-spec Figo Freestyle is based on the Ford Ka Trail that is already on sale in Brazil.
It will come with several styling updates, such as body cladding, new alloy wheels, and revised bumpers. Other highlights will include a higher ground clearance and a touchscreen infotainment system. In essence, the Ford Figo Freestyle will be to the Figo what the i20 Active is to the Elite i20. It may be noted here that the Figo hasn’t been doing too well on the sales charts. The upcoming crossover model is likely to help Ford India post better figures on the monthly sales charts.
Also See – Ford Figo Review
Rumours abound that the upcoming Figo-based model will have a new 1.2-litre three-cylinder Petrol engine. This engine will replace the current 1.2-litre four-cylinder unit. The new Dragon series motor should offer a good mix of performance and fuel mileage. The 1.2-litre four-pot motor that does duty on the Figo has received a lot of flak for its lacklustre low-end performance and rather average fuel mileage numbers.
Ford Figo Freestyle Launch Date
|Launch Date (expected)||April 2018|
There are good chances that Ford India would unveil the new car on January 31st. The Indian subsidiary of Ford won’t participate in the Auto Expo 2018. Hence, in most likelihood, it plans to grab a few eyeballs ahead of this year’s motor show by showcasing its upcoming launch. Our guess is that the Freestyle would launch soon after the advent of the next fiscal.
The latest-generation Figo was launched in India in 2015. Sadly, it hasn’t really been able to set the sales charts on fire. Hence, the introduction of the Freestyle model could do a lot of good to the sales performance of the new generation car.
Ford Figo Freestyle Price in India
|Minimum||Rs 5.3 Lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 8.6 Lakh|
Quite obviously, the Freestyle version will command a significant price premium over the regular Figo. Prices of the regular Figo currently start at Rs 4.8 lakh. The top-end model costs Rs 7.7 lakh. The cross version could command a price premium of Rs 50,000-60,000. The increase in price will be justified thru a more rugged exterior, more features and the new petrol engine. While the 1.2-litre motor will be new, we expect the Figo Cross to get the remaining two engines – 1.5 Petrol, 1.5 Diesel – to make it to the Cross version without much change.
Ford Figo Freestyle Images
Ford Figo Freestyle Specs
|Engine||1.2-litre, 3-cyl, Petrol/1.5-litre, 4-cyl, Petrol||1.5-litre, 4-cyl, Turbocharged Diesel|
|Max. Power||82 BHP/110 BHP||99 BHP|
|Peak Torque||115 Nm/146 Nm||215 Nm|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual/6-speed DCT Automatic||5-speed Manual|
In Brazil, the Ka Trail comes with a 1.5-litre Sigma four-cylinder petrol engine that outputs a max. power of 110 BHP and a peak torque of 146 Nm. It comes mated to a 5-speed Manual Transmission. In India, however, the new model is likely to get a new 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine instead of the current four-cylinder motor. The 1.5-litre Petrol and the 1.5-litre Diesel engines on the Figo will remain unchanged. The 1.5-litre Petrol motor outputs 110 BHP and 146 Nm. It comes mated to a 6-speed DCT automatic transmission. The Diesel engine outputs 99 BHP and 215 Nm. It comes mated to a 5-speed Manual Transmission.
Ford Figo Freestyle Mileage
|1.2 Petrol||21 KMPL|
|1.5 Petrol||18 KMPL|
|1.5 Diesel||25 KMPL|
Specs-wise the 1.5-litre Petrol and Diesel engines remain unchanged. Hence, there won’t be any change in the mileage they’ll deliver. The new 1.2-litre Petrol engine is likely to deliver around 21 KMPL. In comparison, the Figo’s current 1.2-litre engine outputs roughly 19 KMPL. Also, thanks to a really mediocre low-end grunt, the engine fails to deliver a very high mileage in real-world driving conditions. All this is likely to change with the advent of the new 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder Dragon series engine. This engine will also make it to the regular hatchback.
Ford Figo Freestyle Features
- High Ground Clearance
- Plastic Cladding around wheel arches
- Revised Bumpers
- Faux Skid Plates
- New 15-inch Alloy Wheels
- Dual-purpose Tires
- Body Decals
- Black Outside Rear View Mirror Caps
- Black Door Handles
- Roof rails
The Ford Figo Freestyle will offer many new features. Above are the features highlights of the new model.
Ford Figo Freestyle Exterior and Interior Design
As with most such hatchback-based crossovers, there won’t be a huge departure from the donor car’s design. The Freestyle version will look much like a Figo on steroids. Thanks to a much higher ground clearance and bigger alloy wheels, it will have a bolder stance. Also, the higher ground clearance will help it tackle broken roads and speed-bumps better. The bumpers will be updated and there will be faux skid plates and plastic cladding on the wheel arches. This will help the car have a more rugged look. While not seen on the test mule seen in the spy images, we are sure the car will even have a black-painted roof, ORVM caps and roof rails.
There won’t be too many changes on the inside. The car will likely get a new upholstery with contrast stitching and bits like sports pedals and door sill plates. A highlight here will be the touchscreen infotainment unit that will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We are pretty sure the Figo Cross will be available in top-spec trims only.
Not much more is currently known about the new Ford Figo Freestyle launch date, price, specifications, and mileage. However, we’ll update you with latest news on the upcoming model. So, do stay tuned for more.