Will the facelifted 2013 Ford Figo hatchback get push button start and keyless entry features?
Ford India is testing a facelifted Figo hatchback in and around Chennai. The hatchback, which has just completed two summers in India is due for a mid career facelift amidst intensifying competition in the B+ hatchback space. Now, a rumor has surfaced about Ford delivering two new features on the facelifted Figo, in the form of a push button start and a keyless entry option. An experimental Figo hatchback with these two features forms the basis of this rumor, which has originated on TheAutomotiveIndia, a popular car and motorcycle online forum.
The push button start system on the experimental Figo is quite unique in itself considering that the button can be used for three different functions. Apart from starting and stopping the engine, the push button start on the Figo is said to also enable the music system and the electricals. Pressing the push button start once will switch on the music system; Pressing the button twice would result in the electricals of the car functioning; Pressing the button thrice will get the car’s engine running. While these three modes make the system a little complicated, only one of the modes could make it to production considering that this feature is being showcased on an experimental car.
Also, pressing the button thrice just to start the car could be more of an inconvenience rather that just turning the key to start the car, as is the case in most conventional cars. So, this is something that could change on the production variants if indeed Ford begins offering the push button start on the facelifted Figo. Also, the location of the push button near the gear shift is quite awkward and looks more like an after market hack job. Another feature that the Figo could get is that of keyless entry, in which the driver has to simply press a sensor located on the door handle to get into the car.
However, the key fob should be with the driver for such access to be possible. Months ago, Ford gave the top end Titanium versions of the Figo three new features in the form of a USB connectivity option for the music system, a steering wheel adjustable for tilt and alloy wheels. Adding two more features in the form of the push button start and keyless entry will only make the Figo an even more desirable car to own considering that the car is quite feature packed for the price it is sold at.