Ford's Fi­go fi­ne for ci­ty, highway and coun­try

The new mo­del has a fresh new ap­pea­ran­ce and se­ver­al up­gra­des.

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - Voorblad - ANICA KR­Ü­GER

Ford has in­tro­du­ced an ex­ten­si­ve­ly up­da­ted Ford Fi­go with a so­phi­sti­ca­ted, up­mar­ket ap­pea­ran­ce and im­pro­ved spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­on le­vels.

“The Fi­go is an im­por­tant mo­del for Ford in South A­fri­ca, as it is re­pre­sen­ting the en­try point for cu­s­to­mers in­to the Ford brand,” says Tra­cey De­la­te, ge­ne­ral ma­na­ger of mar­ke­ting at Ford Mo­tor Com­pa­ny of Sout­hern A­fri­ca. “The la­test mo­del brings a fresh new look and e­quip­ment up­gra­des to the ran­ge. We ha­ve ra­ti­o­na­li­sed the li­ne-up to ma­ke it a mo­re com­pe­ti­ti­ve and com­pel­ling choi­ce in a seg­ment w­he­re va­lue for mo­ney and af­for­da­bi­li­ty are the pri­ma­ry pur­cha­se con­si­de­ra­ti­ons,” she says.

Fi­go now has a mo­re mo­dern, re­fi­ned ap­pea­ran­ce thanks to a new front with an en­ti­re­ly new bum­per de­sign and re­sty­led ho­ney­comb gril­le. This is com­ple­men­ted by stri­king front fog lamps which gi­ve the car an e­le­gant fi­nish.

The spor­ty stan­ce of the Fi­go is thanks to 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.

The in­te­ri­or of the Fi­go has been up­da­ted a­round the cen­t­re con­so­le and up­per in­stru­ment pa­nel. The cle­a­ner de­sign of the au­dio sy­stem en­han­ces e­a­se of use. New fa­bric in­serts on the door pa­nels and the se­lecti­on of a new, mo­re mo­dern fa­bric for the se­ats furt­her en­han­ce the in­te­ri­or feel.

Du­ring the launch, we got to test the Fi­go’s ver­sa­ti­li­ty in ci­ty traf­fic, on the mo­tor­way and al­ong coun­try ro­ads. On u­ne­ven ro­ad sur­fa­ce, the qui­et­ness of the Fi­go was most im­pres­si­ve and the­re was no loud wind noi­se either.

The new Fi­go ran­ge has lots of s­tan­dard com­fort and sa­fe­ty fe­a­tu­res.

AM­BIEN­TE

The Am­bien­te is the en­try-le­vel mo­del and is a­vai­la­ble as a four door se­dan or fi­ve-door ha­t­chback. It is e­quip­ped with e­lec­tric front win­dows, a fac­to­ry-fit­ted im­mo­bi­li­ser, e­lec­tric po­wer-as­sis­ted s­teer­ing, tilt ad­jus­t­ment for the s­teer­ing co­lumn and he­ad­lig­ht le­vel ad­jus­t­ment.

A built-in Ford 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 smartp­ho­ne de­vi­ces.

D­ri­ver and pas­sen­ger ai­r­bags are s­tan­dard, with ABS bra­kes and e­lec­tro­nic bra­ke­for­ce dis­tri­bu­ti­on (EBD) pro­vi­ding su­re-foo­t­ed stop­ping performance.

T­REND

Ad­di­ti­o­nal fe­a­tu­res a­vai­la­ble on the T­rend mo­del, al­so a­vai­la­ble in se­dan or ha­t­chback, are re­mo­te cen­tral locking, a belt min­der for d­ri­ver and front pas­sen­ger, e­lec­tric re­ar win­dows with c­hild lock, re­ar win­dow de­fros­ter, pe­ri­me­ter an­tit­heft a­larm and a ge­ar-shift in­di­ca­tor for ma­nu­al mo­dels.

Ex­ter­nal­ly, the T­rend is dis­tin­guis­hed by 14” al­loy w­heels, po­we­red si­de mir­rors, the dis­tincti­ve chro­med gril­le, front fog lamps and co­lour co­ding for the door hand­les and mir­rors. The au­to­ma­tic is al­so e­quip­ped with hill launch as­sist (HLA) for smooth pull-off on steep in­cli­nes.

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 li­neup. This ad­van­ced la­test-ge­ne­ra­ti­on u­nit is po­wer­ful, ef­fi­cient and cle­an.

It has twin in­de­pen­dent va­ri­a­ble cams­haft ti­ming (TiVCT) for the four-val­ves-per-cy­lin­der en­gi­ne to de­li­ver im­pro­ved lo­w­do­wn tor­que as well as to­pend po­wer. The fit­ment of a du­al-sta­ge va­ri­a­ble oil pump furt­her en­han­ces ef­fi­cien­cy, whi­le re­du­cing fu­el con­sump­ti­on and e­mis­si­ons.

The 1,5 TiVCT en­gi­ne is cre­di­ted with a max­i­mum po­wer out­put of 88kW and peak tor­que of 150Nm for gre­at all-round dri­ving dy­n­a­mi­cs, im­pres­si­ve fu­el e­co­nomy and low run­ning cos­ts. A new high-tech six-speed au­to­ma­tic ge­ar­box ma­kes its de­but in the new Fi­go and is on­ly a­vai­la­ble on the T­rend ha­tch.

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 cor­ro­si­on war­ran­ty. A four y­e­ar or 60 000km service plan is in­clu­ded, with 15 000km service in­ter­vals.

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