We highlight the key differences between the old and new Ford Figo. Quite a lot has taken a change, and we highlight all the changes in styling, specifications, and features
When it comes to fun little hatchbacks, India has had to be confined to slim pickings. Blame it on import duties, manufacturing costs or the general ‘kitna deti hai?’ mindset of the mass population, we enthusiasts have had it rough. However, there have been a few names which stand out and stand up to say they did their best to give us the best of both worlds. One of them is the much loved Ford Figo, the American giant’s super-mini which has been winning hearts not just in India but as a truly global car. Last week, Ford launched the facelifted version of the latest generation Figo and it’s more than just cosmetic tweaks and marketing gimmicks. We compare the 2019 Ford Figo with the outgoing 2018 model, analyzing all that’s changed and what’s new with this latest firecracker from the Blue Oval.
2019 Ford Figo vs Old Model - Exterior Changes
Although the overall exterior changes haven’t taken a radical departure from the outgoing design, there are certain tweaks which might not catch they layman’s eye instantly but certainly livens up the existing one. The biggest and most important change is to the front. The Aston-Martin-inspired design of front grille remains but the mesh itself is more pronounced and gets a honeycomb design with a bezel around it instead of the horizontal slats found in the previous version. Other changes include the headlights which now get an almost 3D-like design, a new eight-spoke design for the alloy wheels and a new, sportier front bumper design which gets a C-shaped slat around the fog lamps.
Now, Ford has announced three trim levels with this launch - Ambiente, Titanium and Titanium Blu. If you opt for Titanium Blu, which we recommend you do, you’d also be getting a blacked-out front grille with blue inserts around the fog lamps, contrast roof, 15-inch blacked-out alloys instead of the 14-inch on the lower variants, black sporty tell-tale decals and blue styling elements strewn inside the cabin, and out.
2019 Ford Figo vs Old Model - Interior Changes
The biggest change that Ford has implemented on the new Figo is the revised dashboard layout. Gone is a clustered design filled with knobs and switches, and in comes two neatly stacked row of buttons positioned neatly below the brand-new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Oh, and finished in a tasteful piano-black finish too. The seat upholstery and materials remain the same but the Titanium Blu variants add an all-black interior with a blue finish on the seats, door trim and, for that extra dash sportiness, blue contrasting needle for the odometer.
Other than changes to the design, the facelifted Figo also gains a new set of convenience and safety features. In convenience, customers of the 2019 Figo now get an keyless ignition start/stop system, new automatic headlamps, automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers and bundled navigation with the new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. As for safety, the new Figo is now the only hatchback in the segment to offer six airbags, with the addition of the side and curtain airbags. The new Figo now also gets front-passenger seat belt restraint and a rear-view camera added to the list.
2019 Ford Figo vs Old Model - Specification Changes
Good question! And the answer to that is a pair of new engines, a new transmission and new combinations of the two. What remains similar to the outgoing Figo is the trusty 1.5-litre TDCi, it still produces 100bhp and 215Nm of torque and remains a sprightly performer. What’s new is the pair of Dragon engines which come in the 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre Ti-VCT three-cylinder format. The former produces 96bhp and 120Nm of torque, easily making the Figo most powerful in this engine class. The latter, on the other hand, offers similar class leading performance with a total output of 123bhp and 150Nm of torque. Both engines were first seen on the Freestyle and next, on the new Aspire. The engines doing duty in the old Figo were a pair of 1.2-litre and 1.5-litre four-cylinder motors, making 8bhp and 8Nm, and 11bhp and 14Nm less, respectively, compared to the new Dragon engines.
Both transmission combinations now see a change. The new 1.2-litre Dragon unit is now mated to a Getrag-sourced manual gearbox which was previously witnessed on the Freestyle. On the other hand, the new automatic transmission on offer is a 6-speed torque converter that replaces the 6-speed dual-clutch automatic in the outgoing model. Like the previous model, the automatic will only be available with the 1.5-litre Ti-VCT unit. As an added side not, the gearbox on the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel are similar units, tuned differently to suit each individual characters.
2019 Ford Figo vs Old Model - Pricing Changes
Here is where things get most interesting, I’m happy to report. In a positive trend that all the auto enthusiasts will support, the new 2019 Ford Figo has actually undercut its own price over the outgoing model. While the previous version would have set you back INR 5.82 lakh (ex-showroom), the new one is INR 67,000 cheaper with starting price of ‘just’ INR 5.15 lakh (ex-showroom). Wait, there’s more! Looking at all similarly-specced model in the outgoing Figo, every new variant is actually cheaper with the 2019 model year update. Wait, there’s even more! The Figo is also the only car in the segment to now offer a mind-comforting warranty package of 5-years/1,00,000km, compared to the standard warranty of 2-years/1,00,000km in the old model.
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