2018 Ford Figo Aspire to come with styling tweaks, new features and new petrol engine…
Ford has been testing the 2018 Aspire for quite some time. Now, if different reports are to be believed, the American company has finally decided on the launch date of the car. It is rumoured to be launching on the 4th of October. Once launched, the car will compete against the segment leader Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Tigor and VW Ameo. Earlier, we had shared different spy pics of the facelifted compact sedan reaching dealerships in camouflage. These spy pics clearly show what to expect from the upcoming car.
Ford appears to be taking the Indian market very seriously. After the launch of Ecosport last year, it did some rejig to its variants to make them more attractive. It also launched its Freestyle cross hatch some time back. With 2018 Figo Aspire, it will be its third new offering in quick succession in our market. In addition to this, Ford has also showcased the new 2018 Figo (named Ka+) internationally, early this year. We are expecting it to be launched here as well. A lot of the styling cues from this car appears to be relayed to the new Aspire.
2018 Ford Figo Aspire Updates
From the spy pics, we can notice the following updates on the new car:
- A new front grill with a hexagonal shape and meshed pattern
- The front bumper is slightly redone with a smaller air dam
- On the rear, the bumper gets some minor tweaks
- The car will now get a touchscreen infotainment system, similar to the Freestyle
- The black & beige interior theme will continue but the upholstery looks different
2018 Ford Figo Aspire Engines
The car is expected to come powered by the new 1.2L, 3 cylinder Dragon series petrol engine, introduced on the Freestyle. It produces 96PS of power and 120Nm torque. The diesel engine will be carried forward from the old model. It is a 1.5L motor producing 100PS and 215 Nm of torque. From these spy pics, it is clear that the car will also get an automatic transmission. This should be the same 6-speed torque converter unit seen on the Ecosport and expected to be offered on the petrol version only.
In addition to the above updates, we expect the car to get features like dual airbags and ABS+EBD as standard, an option of side and curtain airbags on higher variants, rear view camera, auto headlamps, rain sensing wipers etc. among others.
Ford is known to make cars with exceptional handling and ride quality. With the introduction of the new Dragon series petrol engine in the Aspire, it now gets the much-needed performance boost which was somewhat lacking in the older version. Looking at the pricing of Freestyle, we expect Ford will price Figo Aspire aggressively too. With all modern features, good ride & performance combination and aggressive pricing, Ford will have a very strong competitor on offer in the very hotly contested compact sedan segment.
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