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2019 Ford Figo Facelift launching tomorrow

Gets subtle aesthetic updates, new features and a more powerful petrol engine

SNS | New Delhi |

The updated Ford Figo is set to be launched in the country tomorrow. The update comes four years after the launch of the second-gen hatchback. Unlike the outgoing model, the facelift will only be available in three variants – Ambiente, Titanium and Titanium Blu.

On the design front, while the silhouette of the updated Figo remains identical to the outgoing model, it features subtle updates in the form of reworked front grille, headlamps, tail lamps and front and rear bumpers. The updates look similar to what we have seen on the Aspire facelift, which went to sale in India late last year. On the inside, it gets a new dashboard that has been borrowed from the Freestyle, albeit in an all-black finish instead of the Freestyle’s black-brown combination.

The updated Figo will be available with both diesel and petrol engines. The petrol Figo gets the new 1.2-litre unit that also powers the Freestyle and the Aspire facelift. It makes 96PS of power and 120Nm of peak torque, 8PS/8Nm more than the 1.2-litre unit in the outgoing model.

The 1.5-litre diesel engine, however, has been carried over and continues to make 100PS and 215Nm. Both the engines are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Moreover, the Figo petrol automatic gets EcoSport’s 1.5-litre Dragon series petrol engine like the Aspire automatic. It makes 123PS and 150Nm. While the pre-facelift Figo automatic was available with a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the updated hatchback gets a 6-speed torque converter unit.

As far as features are concerned, the new Figo is equipped with 6 airbags (first in segment but available only in the top-spec Titanium Blu), electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, auto AC, auto headlamps, rain sensing wipers, tilt adjustable steering, height adjustable driver seat and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and navigation. It also gets traction control, electronic stability program and hill launch assist, but they are limited to the petrol automatic variant only.

Standard safety features on the Figo include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, driver and co-passenger seat belt reminder and speed sensing door lock.

We expect the 2019 Figo facelift to be priced from Rs 4.99 lakh to Rs 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). At this price, it is likely to undercut the outgoing Figo, which was priced from Rs 5.82 lakh to Rs 8.46 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Once launched, it will renew its rivalry against the likes of the Maruti Swift and the Hyundai Grand i10.