AutoColumn is back again with one more scoop from Ford India. Next generation Ford Figo (Ka) B562 Hatchback will start its production in India on 15th Feb 2015. Expect new Figo to hit showrooms a month after that. New Figo will replace current Figo in Indian market and will be a comprehensive facelift of outgoing model. New Figo will have more space and will remain the best handling hatchback in its class. 1.2 liter petrol engine and 1.5 liter TDCI diesel engine will power Ford Ka hatchback.
We have also heard about 1.1 liter engine from Ford but we didn’t get any solid information about this 1.1 liter engine, so there is a possibility of Ford developing 1.1 liter diesel mill to power this hatchback along with 1.5 liter Diesel engine option. Looks like Ford is preparing to compete Hyundai Xcent and Grand i10 with this new engine. Our sources confirmed that Ford India has total 5 vehicles lined-up for Indian market in the year 2015, 3 facelifts and 2 new models.
Out of two new models, one is Figo based compact sedan, which was showcased as Figo concept in 2014 Auto Expo and the other vehicle is B518 Platform based MPV. We have also learned that B518 MPV shares same platform B2E with B562 hatch and B562 compact sedan. From 5 new models, 3 facelift includes, 2015 Ford Endeavour, 2015 Ford EcoSport and 2015 Ford Figo.
The next generation Ford Endeavour will compete with Toyota’s hot SUV Fortuner and Hyundai’s Santa FE in terms of pricing and features. The new Endeavour will be loaded with technology and features.
The B2E platform will give Ford common modular platform benefit shared by its 3 cars – Ford Figo, Figo based compact Sedan and new MPV. This is very similar to Honda’s Brio, Amaze and about to launch Mobilio. The company has recently launched 2014 Ford Fiesta with a fantastic price tag of 7.69 Lakh (ex shoroom Delhi ) but only diesel mill option.