Ford India seems to be ready to enter the domestic market with its new Figo hatchback and seen here is the very first spy shots of the model.
This is not the first time the auto aficionados have seen the new Figo, but it is definitely the first time on Indian roads. Known as Ford Ka in Brazil, it is expected to reach the Indian shores by April next year and it seems the company has begun testing the model on Indian roads ahead of its launch. Spotted in Pune, the first spy shot of the hatchback comes from AutoCar India reader Pranav Athale.
The test mule was camouflaged when snapped, but one can possibly see the rear and side profiling of the new Figo. A closer look at the image could give the outline of the car along with the tail lamp and boot.
For now, the engine specifications of the car are closely guarded, though the previous reports have indicated that the engine line-up of Ford Figo could include 1.2 litre petrol motor and 1.5 litre TDCi diesel engine, which can generate a power of 89bhp and a peak torque of 204Nm.
There have also been rumours that a 1.1 litre diesel motor could also make its way into the new model.
In Brazil, the same model, Ford KA, will get power from naturally aspirated 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine, which can churn out a power of 85bhp and peak torque of 10.7kgm. The engine would come mated to five-speed manual gearbox and it would be capable of running on gasoline and ethanol.
The India-bound model of Figo will be produced at the company's plant in Sanand, Gujarat along with its sedan, which is named Ford Ka+ in Brazil. Expected to get a price tag in the starting range of ₹4 lakh, the new hatchback will be pegged to rival Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 and upcoming Tata Bolt in the sub-continent market.