Ford Figo and Classic to make way for new models
The Ford Figo hatchback has been a huge success for the American manufacturer. It is a nice little car that offers high levels of refinement and comes loaded with features at an attractive price. Over the years the Figo hatchback has received some cosmetic upgrades but now Ford is planning to replace the car with an entirely new product. Along with this, the old Ford Fiesta which is being sold as the Fiesta Classic will also be replaced. The Ford Figo sedan will replace the Fiesta Classic very soon.
The Ford Figo sedan and hatchback will be similar to the Ka+ and Ka that the manufacturer launched in Brazil. These models will enter the Indian market early next year. The production will be carried out at Ford India’s Sanand plant which has been set up recently. Ford India is working on these cars to tailor them to Indian conditions. Once these two new cars make it to Indian market, the current generation Ford Figo and Classic will be phased out. The Ford Figo sedan was showcased earlier this year in India at the 2014 Auto Expo.
The Sanand facility has been set up recently and these two cars will be the very first models to come out of this facility. Ford introduced the ‘One Ford’ policy which includes products like Fiesta and EcoSport. The new products will be a part of the same policy. Ford India has also reorganised its management. Mr. Vinay Piparsania will now function as Director of Ford Global Business Service and will be based at their Chennai office. Earlier he was the head of Global Marketing, Sales and Service Operations. Mr. Anurag Mehrotra who was the Vice President, Sales will now be taking the place of Mr. Piparsania. Their General Manager, Product marketing, Mr. Vinay Raina will now be the Vice President, Sales taking Mr. Anurag Mehrotra’s spot. These appointments will be effective from the 1st of October.
The Ford Ka+ in Brazil is offered with two different engine options. The lower variants come with a 1.0 litre engine capable of producing 85 bhp of peak power and 105 Nm torque. The higher trims get a 1.5 litre engine generating a peak power of 110 bhp. This engine is also seen on the Ford EcoSport in the Indian market. While the Ka+ is a proper sedan in Brazil, we will see a chopped down sub 4 metre version when it is launched in the Indian market to get the tax benefits. The hatchback Ford Ka will be powered by the 1.0 litre three cylinder naturally aspirated engine that generates a peak power of 85 bhp and 107 Nm of peak torque. It will be mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. Ford recently launched an updated version of the Fiesta hatchback in the Indian market. This time it is offered with a diesel engine only as it is the popular choice of buyers in that segment. The upcoming Ford hatchback and sedan will also come with diesel options.