– The new Aspire will see significant design and feature upgrades.
– It will get new 1.2L 3-cylinder and 1.5L 3-cylinder Dragon series petrol engines.
Ford India is on a roll. The American carmaker recently expanded its EcoSport compact SUV lineup with the ‘S’ petrol and the ‘Signature’ editions. Further aiming to boost sales of its other existing products, the company will bring in their updated models in coming months. While the new Ford Aspire 2018 facelift will be the first one to arrive, the Figo facelift will be launched towards the end of this year. The popular Ford Endeavour premium SUV and Mustang sportscar will also see a mid-life update early next year.
In order to make way for the 2018 Ford Aspire facelift, the carmaker stopped the production of the outgoing sedan at its Sanand plant in Gujarat. Just so you know, the Aspire sedan was first launched in 2015 as the Ford Figo Aspire and the company dropped the Figo badge from its name early last year. In the sub-4 metre sedan segment, the Aspire takes on the Honda Amaze, Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Hyundai Xcent and Volkswagen Ameo. While its most of the rivals have already been updated including the recently-launched new Amaze, it’s the perfect time to launch the facelifted version of the Apire sedan.
For 2018 model year, the sedan will receive subtle cosmetic and feature upgrades including Ford’s SUNC3 infotainment system with advanced smartphone connectivity. Major change, however, will be made under the hood. The new Ford Aspire 2018 facelift will come with new 1.2L, three-cylinder petrol engine along with the existing 1.5L TDCI diesel powertrain. Transmission choices will include a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed automatic torque converter from the EcoSport. Read – New Ford Endeavour Facelift India Launch Details Revealed
|Minimum||Rs 5.60 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 8.50 lakh|
Ford will make minor design and styling changes to the compact sedan. While its dimensions will remain intact, it will have more comfort features to offer. Besides this, the vehicle will get the more refined and efficient Dragon family petrol engines. Though, it will continue to carry the current diesel powertrain. These updates will surely make it slightly pricier than the pre-facelift model that costs between Rs 5.71 lakh – Rs 8.68 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Prices of the new Ford Aspire 2018 facelift are estimated to start from Rs 5.75 lakh for entry-level variant and go up to Rs 8.80 lakh for top-end model. Read – New Ford Mustang India Launch Next Year
While the official launch details of the new Aspire facelift are yet to be announced by the carmaker, a latest report claims that the sedan might hit showrooms in June 2018. The carmaker has already ended the production of the sedan’s existing model. We will update you as soon as Ford announces its launch date or details. Read – Upcoming Ford Cars In India
|Engine||Maximum Power||Maximum Torque|
|1.2-litre Dragon petrol||95bhp||115Nm|
|1.5-litre Ti-VCT Petrol||121.3bhp||150Nmm|
|1.5-litre TDCi Diesel (MT)||99bhp @ 3750rpm||215Nm @ 1750-3000rpm|
As mentioned above, the 2018 Ford Aspire facelift engine setup will be revised with a new 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol powertrain. This Dragon family motor delivers the best-in-class power and torque outputs – i.e. 95bhp and 115N respectively. With these figures, it will become more powerful than Honda’s 1.2-litre i-VTEC and Maruti’s 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engines. The sedan will also continue to feature the same 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine that does duty in the pre-facelift model. The oil burner can make a top power of 99bhp at 3,750rpm and 215Nm of torque between 1,750rpm to 3,000rpm. Read: 2018 Ford Figo Facelift Launch Details Revealed
The compact sedan carline will be available with a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 5-speed automatic torque converter unit. No changes will be made to its suspension mechanism. The 2018 Ford Aspire will continue to feature the Independent McPherson strut with coil spring and anti-roll bar upfront and semi-independent twist beam with twin gas and oil filled shock absorbers rear suspension units.
|1.2-litre Ti-VCT Petrol (MT)||18.16kmpl|
|1.5-litre Ti-VCT Petrol (AT)||17kmpl|
|1.5-litre TDCi Diesel (MT)||25.83kmpl|
The Aspire sedan is, currently, one of the most fuel efficient cars in its league. With the new three-cylinder petrol engine, the sedan is likely to offer better fuel economy. We believe that the petrol model will deliver a mileage around 20kmpl, and the diesel variant will return between 25-26kmpl. Read About – Ford EcoSport S And Signature Edition
With respect to dimension, the new Ford Aspire 2018 facelift will measure 3,995mm in length, 1,695mm in width and 1,525mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,491mm. Similar to the current model, it will come with a ground clearance of 174mm. The compact sedan will also continue to offer a luggage carrying capacity of 359-litres that can be expanded to accommodate up to 4 suitcases.
The 2018 model year of the compact sedan is likely witness minor aesthetic updates. Major changes will be made on the face of the car. It will get a new hexagonal shaped mesh grille instead of the chromed Aston Martin esque unit. The front bumper will also be revised and the airdam at the bottom will get slightly narrower. It might also get new projector headlamps with LED DRLs (daytime running lights) and new fog lamp assembly. Read: Ford FreeStyle Crossover – All You Need To Know
Save for the newly designed alloy wheels, the side profile is likely to remain unchanged. The Ambiente and Trend variants of the pre-facelift model come with the 175/65 R14 steel wheels, and the Titanium and Titanium+ trims get 175/65 R14 alloy wheels. At the rear end, the compact sedan will get revised bumper and the boot lid.
Unlike the exterior, the cabin of the compact sedan will see comprehensive updates. The new 6.5-inch floating, touchscreen infotainment system with voice control will be carried over from the EcoSport. Ford’s SYNC 3 unit will also be compatible to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other key updates will include new upholstery for seats, steering wheel and door panels, new automatic climate control, etc. Read – Ford & Mahindra To Develop Hyundai Creta Rival
On safety front, the 2018 Ford Aspire will get the dual airbags (driver and passenger), keyless entry, engine immobiliser, front three point seat belts and rear seat belts (three points outer, lap middle) as standard safety fitments. Features such as ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution), six airbags, Hill Launch Assist, Electronic stability program, traction control system, Ford MyKey, Emergency assistance, height adjustable front seat belts and driver seat belt reminder will be reserved for the higher trims.
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The new Ford Aspire 2018 facelift will see comprehensive design and feature changes. The sedan will also get a new 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol powertrain. It could be slightly pricier than the current model.