Ford Aspire facelift will be launched in India with a revised exterior and interior alongside a new petrol powertrain
Ford India is all pumped to introduce the facelifted avatar of its Aspire subcompact sedan on October 4 after months of being spotted on road testing. Ahead of its arrival in the heated up sub-four-metre space, where latest versions of Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Honda Amaze are dominating, the updated Aspire has been caught revealing visual as well as interior changes.
The Aspire has been around for more that three years in the domestic market with decent success but the segment’s sales capability has always grown. The American auto major is looking to make a big impact with the facelifted model and is expected to be priced from Rs. 5.9 lakh to Rs. 8.9 lakh (ex-showroom) – not so different from the outgoing Aspire.
The range-topping Titanium grade gets a new black front grille with honeycomb assembly and is surrounded by chrome treatment while the headlamps are updated along with a newly designed bumper accompanying wider air dam and reworked fog lamps. The sliver-accented front bumper adds a visual stamina and the rear gains reversing camera positioned on top of number plate.
Besides, the rear bumper tweak, the new set of alloy wheels brings a refreshed appearance to the overall design. The interior, on the other hand, takes plenty of inspiration from the facelifted EcoSport as the new Aspire comes equipped with a dual-tone black and beige colour scheme.
Moreover, the brand new centre console boasts a large touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, repositioned central Air Conditioning vents, cleaner dashboard with less physical controls, etc. As standard, dual front airbags and ABS with EBD are provided while the top-end models will get increased safety via six airbags.
Ford is replacing its 1.2-litre petrol engine with a brand new three-cylinder Dragon unit debuted in the Freestyle. It is good enough to generate a maximum power output of 96 PS and 120 Nm. The reliable 1.5-litre diesel continues to be in position with power of 100 PS and 215 Nm peak torque. A five-speed MT and a six-speed auto are responsible for transmission duties.