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2018-06-18 18:30

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  • Fresh styling updates
  • Revised interior, improved quality and standard features
  • New 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine, 
  • Launch of new six-speed automatic for Trend hatch
  • Four-year/60 000km Service Plan included in purchase price

Ford South Africa is lifting its game in the local compact car segment with the arrival of its extensively updated Figo  hatchback and sedan.

The new models gain a more sophisticated, upmarket appearance and improved specification levels.

A selection of trim levels

The new Figo is available in two trim levels (Ambiente and Trend) and a single petrol choice (1.5-litre) that can be mated to either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic.

The hatch is available is either manual or auto transmission while the sedan is only sold in manual guise.

The Figo hatchback retails from R181 300 (Ambiente, manual) to R205 700 for the Trend auto while the sedan starts from R187 200 (Ambiente) to R196 000 (Trend).

GALLERY: 2018 Ford Figo

All-new petrol engine, six-speed automatic

One of the key new features of the Figo range is the all-new 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that powers the entire line-up, capable of 88kW/150Nm.
A new high-tech six-speed automatic gearbox makes its debut in the new Figo and is exclusively available on the five-door Trend hatch.

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As a replacement for the previous PowerShift transmission, the six-speed version is a conventional torque converter automatic that boasts greater refinement with significantly reduced vibration and noise, while offering the ideal balance between fuel economy and comfort.

The manual derivatives employ a standard five-speed transmission, and have an EcoMode with shift indicator that informs the driver of the ideal point to shift up or down a gear to reduce fuel consumption.

Design

Key to the Figo’s more refined appearance is an attractive new front end distinguished by an entirely new bumper design that houses a restyled honeycomb grille, reflecting the latest Ford design language. This is complemented by new front foglights framed by creative accents that link the lower bezel to the upper section of the bumper.

New chromed inserts in the headlights add a further dash of sophistication compare to its predecessor. The sporty stance is further enhanced by the stylish new dual-tone multi-spoke 14" alloy wheels for the Trend models, and updated wheel caps for the Ambiente versions which have 14” steel rims.

At the rear, the new Figo benefits from subtle yet effective changes to the tail light clusters, along with an all-new rear bumper design that gives the car a notably more contemporary character.

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A new ‘White Gold’ colour option is available exclusively on for Trend derivatives models to complement the carry-over options that can be specified across the range - white, black, blue, red and silver.

The interior of the Figo has been updated too, particularly around the centre console and upper instrument panel. The cleaner design, particularly for the audio system, enhances comfort and ease of use.

New fabric inserts on the door panels and the selection of a new, more modern fabric for the seats further enhances the interior ambience.

Features

The Ambiente is the entry-level model, and is available as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback. It is equipped with power  front windows (with one-touch operation on the driver’s side), immobiliser, power-assisted steering, tilt adjustment for the steering column and headlight level adjustment.

A built-in audio unit is standard with an integrated display and four speakers, offering Bluetooth connectivity, a USB slot, as well as Ford’s unique Device Dock in the upper section of the centre console for connecting and powering smart phone devices.

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Driver and passenger airbags are standard, with ABS brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) providing sure-footed stopping performance.

Additional features available on the Trend models, available in sedan or hatchback, extend to remote central locking, a belt minder for driver and front passenger, power rear windows with child lock, rear window defroster, perimeter anti-theft alarm, and a gear-shift indicator for manual models.

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Externally, the Trend is distinguished by the fitment of 14" alloy wheels, powered side mirrors, the distinctive chromed grille, front fog lamps and full colour coding for the door releases and mirrors. The Trend automatic is also equipped with Hill Launch Assist (HLA) which assists with smooth pull-offs on steep inclines.

New service plan

Adding to its appeal is the introduction of an all-new standard Service Plan, which takes the original two-year/40 000km offering that was launched with the previous Figo to a comprehensive four-year/60 000km Service Plan for the new model. The Service Plan covers the vehicle for up to four services over a period of four years – a unique offering in this class that is sure to create a stir in the local market.

Prices:
1.5 TiVCT Ambiente Hatch 5MT - R181 300
1.5 TiVCT Trend Hatch 5MT - R190 600
1.5 TiVCT Trend Hatch 6AT - R205 700
1.5 TiVCT Ambiente Sedan 5MT - R187 200
1.5 TiVCT Trend Sedan 5MT - R196 000

All models come standard with Ford Protect, comprising a four-year or 120 000km comprehensive warranty, three-year/unlimited distance roadside assistance and five-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty. A four-year or 60 000km service plan is included, with 15 000km service intervals.

Rivals
Volkswagen Polo
Nissan Micra
Hyundai Grand i10
Renault Sandero Stepway

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