Ford Figo might have started its journey and inception in India but now the car has established itself as a global brand in the automotive market. The current Figo which is based on the European Ford Fiesta hatchback is being made in India and is exported to developing countries round the globe since 2010.
The Figo, which is exclusively available as hatchback till now, is being tested as a sedan in Brazil and online fraternity has been talking very loudly about the same. Recently, the sedan based on the Figo was caught testing spotted around Detroit in United States of America. The fully camouflaged sedan resembled very much with the test mule spotted on Brazilian soil sometime back. The next generation version will replace the ageing Figo as well as the Ford Ka hatchback.
It is expected that Ford will name the new model according to the market it sells at. In India, the model will continue to be sold as Figo while the Brazilian market will receive the new model as Ka.
The new model will continue to be based on current platform after receiving necessary material upgrades to reduce the weight of the vehicle. After EcoSport’s success in India, the updated Figo will also feature the 1.0 Litre EcoBoost engine. The current power mills which includes the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel will also come bolted with the new models.
The next generation Ford Figo is expected to make an official global appearance next year and initially will start its journey from Brazilian market. In India, the hatchback and the sedan are expected to land a little later because of the huge localization Ford is planning to do with the new model just like the current Figo. The upcoming Sanand plant would serve a feeding hub for several international developing markets.
When the new model launches in India, it is expected to replace the Fiesta Classic in India and the likes of Chevrolet Prisma and Hyundai HB20S in Brazil. From the pictures, the sedan based on the Figo does not look sub-4 meter at all, but then Ford might have a trick or two in its sleeve and might follow a very different strategy in India. The sub-4 meter vehicles in India enjoy special tax relaxation from government, Ford might just go ahead and launch the car with certain changes for the Indian market.