Ford Figo automatic launched at Rs 7.75 lakh
The Ford Figo automatic has been reintroduced in India, with prices starting from Rs 7.75 lakh for the Titanium trim, going up to Rs 8.20 lakh for the Titanium+ trim, ex-showroom. Almost a year ago, we had reported about the Figo being updated with an automatic gearbox option, and now it has finally come to fruition.
- Ford Figo 1.2-litre petrol now gets 6-speed automatic option
- 6-speed automatic shared with EcoSport, gets Sport and Select shift modes
- Key rivals include Swift AMT and Grand i10 Nios AMT
Ford Figo automatic: what’s to know?
The new 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox on the Figo has been paired to the existing 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine on the hatchback. This engine produces 96hp and 119Nm of torque, which makes the Figo more powerful than all its rivals. The diesel engine on the Figo does not get an automatic gearbox option.
Unlike the EcoSport, which gets paddle shifters, this gearbox on the Figo features a ‘Select Shift’ mode that can be used to manually control the gears. There’s a toggle switch on the gear lever that can be used to change up and down the gears. It also features a Sport mode that, according to Ford India, optimises gear shifts for better performance.
Being offered on the Titanium and Titanium+ trims, the Figo automatic comes loaded with features such as a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment with embedded navigation, FordPass connected app, automatic air-conditioning, electrically adjustable ORVMs, height-adjustable driver’s seat, push-button start, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlamps and remote keyless entry. Notably, it still misses out on the SYNC infotainment software, as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
Safety is covered by up to six airbags, rear parking camera, ABS with EBD, ESC, traction control (segment-exclusive) and even hill-launch assist. The automatic versions of the Figo also get a new dual-tone design for the 15-inch alloy wheels.
Ford Figo automatic: a brief background
Incidentally, this is the third version of the Figo automatic to go on sale in India. Prior to this, when Ford launched the facelifted Figo in 2019, it was offered with a 6-speed torque converter gearbox mated to a larger 123hp, 1.5-litre Dragon petrol engine. This version was discontinued around the time when the hatchback was updated to meet BS6 norms. Before that, the Figo even came with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox paired to a 110hp 1.5-litre petrol engine.
Ford Figo automatic: rivals in India
The Ford Figo automatic goes up against the automatic versions of the Maruti Suzuki Swift (Rs 7.01 lakh – Rs 8.56 lakh, ex-showroom) and the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios (Rs 6.62 lakh – Rs 8.30 lakh, ex-showroom). It’s interesting to note that the Swift and the Nios are both offered with 5-speed AMT gearbox, and as such, the Figo has the edge with a more sophisticated torque converter unit.
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