Saar: Apart from a bunch of cosmetic changes inside and out, the revamped hatchback will also get a new petrol engine.
Ford India has finally confirmed that the mid-life update of the Figo is arriving on March 15, 2019. In a surprising move, the carmaker has already revealed what it will look like. How come? That’s because Ford India has tied-up with Tinder to feature the refreshed Figo as someone and not something. Here, a customer-engaging factor kicks in. Lucky users who match with the Figo facelift will be invited for an all-expense paid date night post the car’s launch. That date will include a driving experience and a chance to feature in a video. That’s quite a way to get the eyeballs rolling in the ‘right’ direction.
The refreshed Ford Figo will feature similar styling changes as we saw with the Aspire last year. The list will include a tweaked front grille, new front bumper, 15-inch alloy wheels and a restyled rear bumper. Inside the cabin, the changes include a new dashboard design, an infotainment system with built-in GPS navigation, and more features like automatic headlamps and wipers, push-button start and keyless entry. The standard list of features will include dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, seatbelt reminder for the front seats and a high-speed alert warning system.
There will be mechanical changes too. First of all, the Figo facelift will ditch the old 1.2-litre Ti-VCT engine and instead come with the same 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol mill that debuted with the Freestyle last year. Its 96PS/120Nm of oomph will be fed to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission. The second change will be in the petrol-automatic configuration. The old 1.5-litre mill which came with a dual-clutch automatic will be replaced with the 123PS/150Nm 1.5-litre engine with a 6-speed automatic gearbox (torque converter). On the diesel front, there will be no mechanical changes to report.
Expect Ford India to be really aggressive in pricing the Figo facelift. In fact, it could very well undercut its own prices for most of the variants. Once launched, it will compete with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10, Toyota Etios Liva and the Nissan Micra.