Tuesday, 13 November 2012
FORD FIGO UPDATED
Editor: Thami Masemola
Ford’s fun and fashionable Figo is now even more desirable thanks to the introduction of exterior design enhancements and added interior features including the addition of Bluetooth connectivity on some models.
“The Figo's contemporary design, solid performance credentials and desirable safety features are refreshing for a vehicle in its class,” says Gavin Golightly, Ford Marketing Manager. "It is well-positioned as a value-for-money prospect and with the addition of some new enhancements its overall appeal is further cemented.”
The Figo, based on Ford’s proven global small car architecture, is available with a choice of two fuel-efficient engines, the 1.4ℓ Petrol Duratec and the 1.4ℓ Turbo Diesel Duratorq. Both are equipped with five-speed manual transmissions.
Customers can choose between two trim levels, the Ambiente being the entry level option available in both petrol and diesel guise and the Trend, the high spec model, available in petrol configuration.
Both the Ambiente and the Trend further incorporate Ford’s global Kinetic design DNA with new design elements incorporate into the bonnet and bumper. The lower grille has been revised with the upper grille benefiting from the addition of a chrome line. The head and tail lamp designs have also been revised while the fog lamp housing features a more aggressive and defined look.
The Ambiente model has been further enhanced with the addition of a new eight-spoke wheel design while the Trend model receives a new alloy wheel design.
Inside the cabin the Ambiente now features a Dynamic Blue centre stack bezel and revised seat fabric pattern. The Trend also received some enhancements to the interior including a change from red to blue seat fabric and the addition of Bluetooth functionality.
The Figo’s In Car Entertainment system allows one to switch between radio, CD/MP3 or one’s iPod easily and with added versatility thanks to the addition of Bluetooth functionality.
The Bluetooth system allows you to connect a mobile phone to the audio system and therefore connect and disconnect calls through the system. It also allows for the connection or rejection of a second incoming call. Caller ID is displayed on the vehicle’s display and phonebook contacts and call history can be synchronised with the audio system.
The space and practicality that define the Figo are more commonly associated with larger, more expensive vehicles rather than those typically found in the sub B-Value segment. The precise and responsive steering of the Figo instils confidence, while a fine balance between ride comfort and control is ensured through the optimized suspension design.
There’s no shortage of safety features with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and PATS (Passive Anti-Theft System) providing a piece of mind driving experience.
“While affordability and practicality are of great importance in this segment buyers are not willing to sacrifice on style and performance. The Figo strikes the right blend of these elements,” adds Golightly.
The 1.4ℓ Petrol Duratec has a maximum power output of 62kW at 6000rpm and enjoys 127Nm of torque at 4000rpm. This equates to a frugal fuel consumption figure of 6.6ℓ/100km on the combined cycle according to the New European Driving Cycle. CO2 emissions are measured at 156g/km.
The 1.4L Turbo Diesel Duratorq is just as impressive sporting 51kW at 4000rpm and reaching its maximum torque peak of 160Nm at just 2000rpm. It uses just 5.3L/100km on the combined cycle as measured by the New European Driving Cycle and emits 139g/km of CO2.
In addition to excellent fuel economy customers are offered further value for money through Ford’s ability to secure affordable spare parts and offer reliable servicing through its extensive dealer network. The Figo comes with a 4-year/120 000km warranty and 5-year corrosion warranty. Service intervals are 20 000km for petrol derivatives and 15 000km for diesel.