The Ford Figo facelift gets beauty updates visible at the Aspire and Freestyle, without the latter’s fake-crossover seems. Mechanical updates might be restrained to the brand new 3-cylinder petrol engine and the brand new Getac-sourced manual transmission paired with both drivers.
The biggest alternate, in phrases of gadget, will be the new 6 — five-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Ford’s SYNC3 tech. It has now been confirmed that the Ford Figo facelift might be released on 15 March 2019. This comes extra than a year and a half after the automobile changed into first spied trying out inside the country. The Ford Freestyle and the Aspire have taken priority over the Figo in terms of launch dates, however understandably so, because it has now not been as an awful lot of a hot seller as the opposite.
We assume the Figo to get the identical features that have made the Freestyle and Aspire greater favorite, along with a brand new petrol engine, a brand new gearbox, and a better touchscreen infotainment system. It could additionally assist if Ford rectifies some regarded troubles with the Figo platform, although the likelihood of that occurring is quite slim.
1) A refreshed exterior design that incorporates all of the adjustments first visible at the Euro-spec Ka+ remaining February. New undercover agent photographs screen that the Figo in India will no longer suit the Ka+ and could as an alternative be stimulated from the Freestyle.
The headlamps, the grille, and the bumper now feature greater black inserts than chrome. The front bumper is similar to the Euro-spec Ka+ aside from the reality that all the chrome is changed with piano-black plastic. The grille, however, is identical to that at the Freestyle.
In profile, it stays greater or less the same as earlier than, aside from the bigger 15-inch alloy wheels. The undercover agent photographs’ vehicle appears to have obtained a black roof and stickers, but it isn’t clear if this is a popular fitment.
Changes on the rear consist of up-to-date rear lights as visible at the Freestyle in addition to a new bumper. The bumper gets matte black inserts that mimic the layout to the front and upload more individual to the overall rear design.
2) The indoors is predicted to obtain the same updates because the Ford Aspire, leader of that’s the new 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with SYNC3 tech. Ford may additionally use a distinctive coloration scheme from the Freestyle’s black-and-brown or the Aspire’s black-and-beige to set the Figo facelift aside.
We wish Ford has addressed many of the worries with the indoors layout, which they did now not within the Freestyle and the Aspire. The front passenger seat is rubbing towards the center console while driven forward; the lack of storage space at the rear door pads and the simple tool cluster have been bugbears that must be rectified. However, we aren’t preserving our breaths.
3) Under the hood, the brand new Figo will characteristic a ‘Dragon’ series 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder, clearly aspirated petrol engine. Also powering the Freestyle and the Aspire, this motor develops 96PS of most electricity and 120Nm of peak torque, paired to a 5-velocity guide transmission.
The diesel versions will remain powered through the tried and examined 1. Five-litre TDCi engine is making 100PS and 215Nm. It will get the slick new Getac-sourced five-pace guide as the petrol engine even though. This responsive engine ought to now be extra a laugh to force, way to the brand new gearbox.
A CNG-powered variant may also be added to the Figo facelift range, similar to the Aspire. The twin-gas engine’s performance figures do not change even when using CNG; that is a first for such drivers.
Will an automatic variant be supplied? Ford has the choice of including the ‘Dragon’ 1.5-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine, and 6-velocity torque converter from the EcoSport on the Figo. But we can wait and see.
4) Expect new capabilities from the Freestyle to make their way to the Figo too. These include automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, vehicle-dimming IRVM, weather manage the machine, engine start/stop button, and ambient lights.