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Ford aims to redefine budget segment with all-new Figo

Ford aims to redefine budget segment with all-new Figo

A regular top ten seller, and recipient of numerous accolades since replacing the European sourced Ka five years ago, Ford South Africa has announced complete details of its all-new second generation Figo.

Built once again at Ford’s Chennai plant in India, the newcomer replaces its Fiesta-based predecessor in favour of a brand new model that the US automaker is touting as a vehicle that redefines the compact B-segment.

Incorporating the latest version of Ford’s Kinetic 2.0 design language, the Figo features a more sweeping design than before with the same Aston Martin-inspired grille used on the Fusion and Focus, as well as a raked bonnet and more angled windscreen, which is claimed to be the result of over 100 hours wind tunnel testing. In addition to the hatch, a four door sedan will be available for the first time.

Inside, the interior sports the same smartphone keypad inspired layout as the Fiesta with Ford stating that particular emphasis was placed on maximising space. In this regard, the Figo is said to offer improved leg and headroom over its predecessor, with boot capacity measuring 256-litres in hatch and 445-litre for the sedan with the rear seats up. Higher spec models are also available with a 60/40 rear split.

Available in nine models, made up of three trim levels and again offering a choice of petrol or diesel engines, the Figo also sees the addition of an automatic gearbox for the first in the form of Ford’s six-speed Powershift dual-clutch unit.

Standard spec is once again impressive with the base Ambiente featuring body-coloured front and rear bumpers, 14-inch steel wheels, full-trip computer, air-conditioning, four-speaker sound system with docking station, Bluetooth, USB and Aux inputs, dual front airbags,  ABS with EBD and central locking.

Moving one-up, the Trend adds colour coded door handles, front foglights, 14-inch alloy wheels, electric mirrors, auto lock/unlock doors, electric windows with one touch up/down function for the driver and tinted class.

Capping the range off, the new flagship Titanium includes Ford’s SYNC infotainment system with voice control, steering wheel mounted audio controls, side and curtain airbags, ESP and Hill Start Assist.

Underneath the bonnet, the Figo does away with the previous 1.4-litre petrol engine in favour of the same 1.5-litre unit doing duty in the EcoSport. Power is rated at 82 kW and 136 N.m of torque with a five-speed manual standard on all trim levels and the auto reserved only for the Titanium.

Top speed is rated at 175 km/h with the manual reaching 100 km/h from standstill in 11.8 secs and the auto in 12.0 secs. Fuel consumption is rated 5.9 L/100 km for the former and 6.0 L/100 km for the latter, with emissions set at 141 g/km and 142 g/km respectively.

Again borrowing from the EcoSport, the popular 1.4 TDCi diesel makes for a 1.5-litre mill that makes 74 kW and 215 N.m of torque. Available only in hatchback form and connected to the manual box, the oil burner goes from 0-100 km/h in 12.1 secs before topping out at 175 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is pegged at 4.1 L/100 km and emissions below the 120 g/km limit at 108 g/km.

A four year / 120 000 km warranty and two year / 40 000 km service plan is standard across the range.




1.5 Ambiente82 kW / 136 N.mR158 900
1.5 Trend82 kW / 136 N.mR167 900
1.5 Titanium82 kW / 136 N.mR181 900
1.5 Titanium Powershift82 kW / 136 N.mR203 900
1.5 TDCi Ambiente74 kW / 215 N.mR189 900
1.5 TDCi Trend74 kW / 215 N.mR199 900



1.5 Ambiente82 kW / 136 N.mR160 900
1.5 Trend82 kW / 136 N.mR169 900
1.5 Titanium Powershift82 kW / 136 N.mR205 900