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Ford Figo Blu: Bigger rims, special badging – limited production

  • Special edition Ford Figo Blu hatch – but only 360!
  • 15” alloy wheel rims, three colour choices
  • Leather-wrapped steering-wheel, stitched shifter
2019 FIGO BLU HATCH: Image: Ford SA

PRETORIA, South Africa – Ford has given its Figo compact hatch ”a  dose of individuality and eye-catching style”, badged it Figo Blu, and so taken the Figo range to seven models, two of them sedans.

Doreen Mashinini, Ford Southern Africa’s marketing boss, told The Corner: “We developed Figo Blu for customers who want uniqueness, to push boundaries. The standard Figo hatch is already competitive in the compact segment but this special will really stand out from the crowd.”

2019 FIGO BLU HATCH: Image: Ford SA

The car is based on the five-door Figo 1.5 Trend but only 360 units will be assembled. They can be easily distinguished from the standard Figo thanks to a number of styling additions.

DECALS ON THE DOORS

There’s a black mesh grille, distinctive accented housings for the foul-weather lights and blue bezels. Black, multi-spoke, 15”, alloy wheel rims replace the Trend’s 14” versions and are matched by black housings around the external mirrors.

”Attractive decals extend along the length of the lower sections of each door.”

The roof is black; Ford SA says that ”provides a dramatic and effective contrast” to the three available body colours: silver, white, or grey.

2019 FIGO BLU HATCH: Image: Ford SA

The door linings have glossy blue inserts, the same colour as the leather covering the steering-wheel, gearshift gaiter and the ‘Figo Blu’ logo embroidered into the front throw-mats.

SPACE FOR SMARTPHONE

Standard features include central locking, perimeter anti-theft alarm, and an immobiliser.

A Ford Audio unit plays through four speakers; incorporated is Bluetooth connectivity, a USB slot, and a ”device dock” in the upper section of the centre console to handle a smartphone.

Driver and front-passenger crash mitigation bags and anti-lock brakes are there too – just in case.

2019 FIGO BLU HATCH: Image: Ford SA

Motive power comes from a quad-valve, 1.5-litre, three-cylinder, petrol engine with an  aluminium block and cylinder head. It is controlled by twin independent variable camshaft timing (hence the TiVCT moniker).

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Maximum power is listed as 88kW at 6300rpm, peak torque of 150Nm at 4250rpm, directing its output through a five-speed transmission equipped with  EcoMode with a shift indicator.

There’s also a six-speed autobox.

2019 FIGO BLU HATCH: Image: Ford SA

…AND SO TO THE PRICES

Figo 1.5 TiVCT Ambiente – R185 600
Figo 1.5 TiVCT Trend  – R195 800
Figo Blu 1.5 TiVCT – R203 800
Figo 1.5 TiVCT Trend a/t – R213 800
Figo 1.5 TiVCT Titanium – R219 900
Figo 1.5 TiVCT Ambiente sedan – R191 700
Figo 1.5 TiVCT Trend sedan – R200 900

  • Each will be delivered with a four-year or 120 000km warranty, three-years’unlimited-distance roadside assistance, and a five-year/unlimited km anti-rust-through warranty.

A four-year or 60 000km service plan is included. Service intervals 15 000km.

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