India-bound facelifted Ford Figo launched in Brazil
Ford has launched the 2019 Ka in Brazilian markets, and if history is anything to go by, this model will foreshadow what we can expect when it is launched in India as the facelifted Ford Figo later this year. The 2019 Ka bears close visual similarities to the current generation, with the main changes boiling down to a new honeycomb mesh grille and re-profiled bumpers with aggressive C-shaped fog light cutouts up front, while the rear sports a strip of plastic that cleverly mimics the look of venting. Apart from these, expect new designs for headlight and tail light detailing, as well as new wheel choices.
Note the new honeycomb mesh grille, and stylised fog lamp cutout areas
Based on the same Ford B platform as earlier, profile remains the same. Split five-spoke diamond turned wheels will likely make it to India
Redesigned tail light apparent here, as is the smartly profiled lower bumper portion
The main change in the cabin is the 6.5-inch touch infotainment screen running Ford's SYNC3 system. As a result the facelifted Figo will have a cabin very similar to the Freestyle, except it won't get the two-tone (dark brown-on-black) colourway seen on the Freestyle. The Ka, as launched in Brazil is powered by a choice of either 1-litre or 1.5-litre flex fuel engines, which can be fueled with ethanol or petrol and offer differing power outputs as a result.
Instead, the facelifted Ford Figo is expected to carry the same engines that the Freestyle does, including the newly debuted 1.2-litre Dragon three-cylinder petrol engine and the 1.5-litre diesel. The Freestyle range doesn't have an automatic option yet. This is something we expect Ford to remedy, with the launch the facelifted Figo. A six-speed automatic variant, as derived from the Ford EcoSport automatic, is likely. This instead of the six-speed, dry sump, twin-clutch automatic mated to the 1.5-litre petrol motor on the current-gen Figo.
Top-end variants will get 6.5-inch SYNC3 infotainment. Single colour interiors likely, versus the two-tone offered on the Ford
Notably, the third-generation Ford Figo (current gen for Indian markets) was developed by Ford Brazil and first seen in South American markets in 2014. This is before it made its debut in compact sedan form as the Figo Aspire in India, with the Figo hatchback being launched shortly thereafter. Similarly, the Ford Freestlye (or Ka Active internationally) came to India first, laying the base for the updated hatchback expected in October of this year.
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