Ford India will re-introduce the Figo petrol automatic on July 22. The hatchback is likely to be offered in one variant. The Ford Aspire may benefit from a similar drivetrain and will possibly be launched at a later date.
Ford India will launch the petrol automatic variant of the Figo hatchback on July 22, 2021. The Figo is the most affordable offering in the company’s portfolio and carries a starting price of Rs 5.82 lakh (ex-showroom) for the base petrol variant.
The hatchback is currently available with a five-speed manual transmission with both its petrol, as well as, diesel powertrain. The petrol models come equipped with a 1.2-litre engine, pushing out 94.6bhp and 119Nm of torque. The diesel motor is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit, churning out 98.6bhp and 215Nm of torque.
The Ford Figo automatic is likely to borrow its powertrain from the Ecosport petrol automatic. Ford may offer the 1.5-litre three-cylinder 'Dragon' engine with a six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox in the Figo automatic. In the Ecosport, this engine produces 120bhp and 149Nm of torque. If Ford offers the Figo petrol automatic in the same state of tune, then the power figures will be comparable to that of the Hyundai i20 1.0-litre turbo-petrol.
Ford may offer the Figo automatic in one variant – Titanium – and the pricing is expected to be between Rs 7 and 7.25 lakh (ex-showroom). The Ford Figo petrol automatic will directly rival the Maruti Suzuki Swift AMT and the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios petrol AMT, with a starting price of Rs 6.86 lakh and 6.62 lakh (ex-showroom), respectively.
The Ford Aspire is likely to get a similar treatment. The petrol automatic variant of the Aspire could be launched by the festive season. The Ford Freestyle, on the other hand, could miss out on an automatic option completely. The Freestyle is positioned above the Figo as a premium offering, and the addition of a larger engine with an auto-box could lead to an unreasonable price rise. Currently, the Ford Freestyle is priced between Rs 7.27 and 9.02 lakh (ex-showroom).