Ford's next generation Figo aka KA production will reportedly begin from 15 February 2015 in India, claims a new report.
A recent report of AutoColumn, citing its sources reveals that the Ford KA which was unveiled in Brazil last month will be hitting Indian domestic market within one or two months after the commencement of production. The report also says that the arrival of the next generation Figo (KA) will replace the current Figo in the sub-continent market. Under the bonnet, the new Ford KA hatchback is likely to pack 1.2 liter petrol motor and 1.5 litre TDCi diesel engine, which can generate a power of 89 bhp and a peak torque of 204 Nm. Besides this, a 1.1 liter diesel motor could also feature in the Ford KA.
In Brazil, Ford KA will get power from naturally aspirated 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine which can churn out a power of 85 bhp and peak torque of 10.7 kgm. The engine would come mated to five-speed manual gearbox and it would be capable of running on gasoline and ethanol. Previous reports have indicated that the car would give a fuel efficiency of 13 km/l in urban and 15.1 km/l in extra-urban on petrol and 13 km/l in urban and 15.1 km/l in extra-urban while running on ethanol.
When launched in India, Ford KA will face tough fight from Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 and upcoming Tata Bolt. The KA is likely to be produced at company's upcoming plant in Sanand, Gujarat along with Ford's KA+ sedan, which is also expected in India next year. India specific version of Ford KA+ will be shorter than the Brazilian model and when launched the car would take on the likes of Maruti Dzire and Honda Amaze.
Meanwhile, Ford India announced its June sales. The company has recorded an increase of 36 percent in its sales for the month of June. It sold 11,935 units as against the corresponding month last year. Last June, the company had sold 8,771 units. The domestic sales of the company are up 1.58 percent at 7,258 units, over the same year-ago period. In the same period, the company exported 7,258 units.