Ford Figo

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Ford Figo
Ford Figo front.JPG
Manufacturer Ford India
Also called Ford Ikon Hatch (Mexico)
Production 2010 - present
Assembly Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (Ford India)
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout FF layout
Related Ford Fiesta
Engine 1.2L Petrol
1.4L Diesel
Transmission 5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,489 mm (98.0 in)
Length 3,795 mm (149.4 in)
Width 1,680 mm (66.1 in)
Height 1,427 mm (56.2 in)
Kerb weight 1,040–1,130 kg (2,293–2,491 lb)

The Ford Figo, internal code name B562,[1] is a subcompact hatchback manufactured by Ford India in Chennai, India. Based on the Mark V European Ford Fiesta hatchback, the Figo has been sold in developing countries since March 2010.[2]

Initial release

Ford Figo rear

The Ford Figo was unveiled in Delhi in September 2009.[3] It is based on the same small car platform used for the Ford Fiesta and resembles the mark 5 Fiesta but with revised front and rear treatments.[4] It is smaller than the Fiesta Classic which Ford also sells in India.[3] The name "Figo" is a colloquial Italian word meaning "cool".[4]

It was launched to the Indian market in March 2010, and by July 2010 there were 25,000 sales bookings across all variants.[5] A facelifted model of the Figo was launched on October 15, 2012. This model has a larger hexagonal grill and redesigned head and tail lamps. It was released in South Africa in January 2013.

Market variations

Chennai, India

The Ford Figo is available in both petrol and diesel versions, all with five speed manual transmissions and power steering as standard. Both engines meet the BS-IV (Bharat Stage - IV) emission norms.

The Figo diesel is equipped with the same 1.4L engine which is currently powering the Ford Ikon and Ford Fiesta and the Indian petrol version is equipped with a new 1.2L. The petrol variant gives a mileage of around 12.5 kmpl in the city while on the highway it offers around 15.5 kmpl. and the diesel returns a mileage of around 16 kmpl in the city while on the highway it delivers a mileage of 19 kmpl.

The Figo is available in a range of specifications including LXI, EXI, ZXI and Titanium. The Titanium adds alloy wheels, dual air bags and ABS.

The Figo underwent a facelift in October 2012. The facelift had around 100 changes including some major cosmetic changes like new headlamps, new steering column mounted audio controls, new tail lamps, alloy wheels, new front bumper and a new seat fabric design. However, the car remains unchanged mechanically and uses the same 1.2 L Duratec petrol and 1.4 L Duratorq diesel engine.[6]

In February 2014 Ford added a wifi option to all models of the Figo range as part of an audio upgrade package, a first-in-class option.[7] The Ford Figo Concept for 2014 was showcased at the Auto Expo 2014, which has been incorporated into a Ford Time Machine, which gives auto enthusiasts an opportunity to 'go back in time' and take a 3D virtual reality tour of the Ford Pavilion.[8]


The Mexican Ikon Hatch is available only with a 1.6 L Duratec petrol engine producing 98 hp (73 kW; 98 hp) at 6500 rpm and torque of 142 N·m (105 lb·ft) at 4000 rpm.

Middle East

The Figo is available with a 1.4 L petrol engine with a manual gearbox or a 1.6 L with an automatic gearbox. It is sold in Trend and Ambiente models.

South Africa

The South African petrol Figo is powered by a 1.4L producing 62 kW (84 PS; 83 bhp) at 6000rpm and torque of 127 N·m (13.0 kg·m) at 4000 and is available in Ambiente and Trend models. The 1.2L petrol is not available.


Models 1.2 Duratec Petrol 1.4 Duratorq Diesel 1.4 Duratec Petrol 1.6 Duratec Petrol 1.6 Duratec Petrol
Market India India/South Africa South Africa/Middle East Mexico Middle East
Type 1,196 cc (1.196 L; 73.0 cu in) 16V DOHC 1,399 cc (1.399 L; 85.4 cu in) 8V SOHC 1.4 L Duratec DOHC 1.6 L Duratec DOHC 1.6 L Duratec DOHC
Transmission 5-speed manual automatic
Power 71 PS (52 kW; 70 hp)@6250 69 PS (51 kW; 68 hp)@4000 84 PS; 83 bhp (62 kW)@6000 98 hp (73 kW; 98 hp)@6500 142 N·m (105 lb·ft)@4000
Torque 102 N·m (10.4 kg·m)@4000 160 N·m (16 kg·m)@2000 127 N·m (13.0 kg·m)@4000 142 N·m (105 lb·ft)@4000 142 N·m (105 lb·ft)@4000
Overall Length 3,795 mm (149.4 in)
Overall Width 1,680 mm (66.1 in) (without ORVM)
Overall Height 1,427 mm (56.2 in)
Wheel Base 2,489 mm (98.0 in)
Ground Clearance 168 mm (6.6 in)
Fuel Tank Capacity (litres) 45
Turning radius 4.9 m
Boot Space (litres) 284


The Ford Figo is manufactured at Ford's plant in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. The 100,000th Ford Figo produced for the Indian market was delivered 15 months after its launch.[9] The 200,000th Figo was sold during August 2012, after 29 months of production,[10] while the 300,000th Figo was made in first week of August 2013, after 41 months of production.[11]

Braking and handling

The Ford Figo has ventilated discs at front and drum rear brakes. The top variant comes with an Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) which enhances the safety of the car by helping it come to a complete stop in emergency situations. The Figo has a turning radius of 4.9 meters and standard power steering.


During a crash, the Figo's engine automatically falls from the bonnet area to prevent the car from catching fire. Dual front airbags are available on a premium package.


The Figo has been awarded 20 Indian auto industry awards, more honours than any other car in 2010.[12][13] The Ford Figo was voted the 2011 Indian Car of the Year by a panel of leading automotive magazine editors.[14] It was also named runner-up in the 2011 South African Car of the Year Awards.[15]

Marketing controversy

A series of Ford Figo print ads were created by JWT India, including a caricature of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in the driver's seat with three scantily clad women sitting gagged and bound in the trunk, a Paris Hilton caricature winking from the driver's seat while Kim Kardashian and two others are gagged in the boot, and a caricatured Michael Schumacher with Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso lookalikes gagged in the back. All three featured the same tagline: "Leave your worries behind".[16]

The print ads were not approved by Ford, but were used as speculative renderings to show off the agency's creative talents.[17] JWT breached trust and used an approval from Ford to use other poster ads made for Ford as a tacit approval to enter the adverts into the GoaFest 2013 Advertising awards and Ivan Razl of confirmed that the ads were removed according to the rules of the website as the letter was only a generic approval and the said ads were not approved, which was confirmed to him by JWT. After the publication of the ads, Ford responded by stating that the posters were contrary to the standards of professionalism and decency within Ford and its agency partners.[18] JWT India's parent, WPP plc, apologized for the adverts.[19]

After the incident, JWT India chief creative officer and managing partner Bobby Pawar and Blue Hive creative director Vijay Simha Vellanki resigned; and an entire creative team of around 10 from New Delhi were reported to have been laid off.[20]

Ford Figo Aspire (2015)

Ford India has revealed a sub-4m compact sedan christened as Figo Aspire to rival the growing compact-sedan/notchback segment in India. The compact sedan is based on the second generation Figo B572 on the European mark6 fiesta (new-gen global Ford KA), which is also due for its launch in India in a few months along with the sedan.[21] Speaking of the two, these vehicles are already on sale in Brazil and were indeed produced by Ford of Brazil for the entire world - under ‘One Ford’ policy. However, Figo Aspire’s length in India is under 4 meters compared to it Brazilian counterpart which is over 4 meters (Figo Aspire known as KA+ in Brazil), because sub-4m cars in India attracts lesser tax duties. Moreover, Ford already had rights for the Aspire nameplate, as they used to sell Ford Aspire in North America.

The new Ford Figo Aspire is based on a highly modified last-gen Figo’s (European Mark V Fiesta’s) platform and will be manufactured in the Ford India’s second brand new manufacturing facility in Sanand, Gujarat, India. Speaking of the new production unit, Ford India has invested over US $1 billion in Sanand facility which spreads over 460 acres. It includes stamping, paint and assembly operation for vehicle manufacturing, body and machine shop for producing engine.The plant boasts of 95percent automation for increased precision during assembly and uses efficient just in time production technology and highly efficient robots for minimizing human error. In the Initial phase, the plant will muster 2,40,000 vehicles and 2,70,000 engines annually. Furthermore, it will employ 2,500 employees in its current single shift. Apart from this, it will indirectly generate 7,500 employment across its suppliers and rest of the chain.

Figo Aspire in India will come with 6-airbags, ABS with EBD, SYNC 2.0 infotainment system and sports Ford’s Kinetic 2.0 design philosophy. Mechanically, Ford India has announced that the vehicle will be powered by a newly developed 1.2-liter Ti-VCT petrol engine along with Fiesta borrowed 1.5-liter TDCI DV5 turbo diesel. Moreover, according to few reports, Ford India is also likely to plonk the bigger 1.5-liter Ti-VCT unit mated to a 6-speed dual clutch PowerShift automatic transmission in India. The 1.5 duratorq TDCI is designed by Ford europe engineering division which a jount venture of Volvo-PSA it has been a proven and reliable mill with extended service interval and high efficiency incorporating a Water cooled turbo from Garrett with vane geometry adaptation to increase low rpm boost pressures. The engine is all aluminum with the cylinder jackets made of Titanium-Nikasil alloy and cast iron to lower NVH. The Fuel rail operates at 1900bar from a specifically designed injection system made by Bosch for FoMoCo ,Injector geometry is spiral flow solenoid type and has 7 Fuel dispensers.The engine is euro 6 compliant with a DPF and emissions are 21.6 percent lower than competitor 1.6 engines. Gearbox is a ultra light weight reliable unit made by Getrag for FoMoCo coded the IB-5. Steel cage is made of high tensile boron infused steel sheets for increased tortional rigidity. The B562 chassis codenamed bora has a dual path alloy made FSA to increase tortional rigidity to a supercar league 44,200Nm, Enhancing cornering capabilities. Rear suspension has been tuned to offer minimum roll and lift off.


Ford Figo Aspire is available in 7 different colours: sparkling gold, ruby red, oxford white, tuxedo black, deep impact blue, smokey grey and ingot silver. [22]

User Images

Mildly restyled Ford Figo Aspire - Front Side Profile
Mildly restyled Ford Figo Aspire - Front Side Profile
Mildly restyled Ford Figo Aspire - Rear Side Profile
Mildly restyled Ford Figo Aspire - Rear Side Profile
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Ambient Lighting in Footwell + Mobile App Interface


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