Likely to be unveiled at Auto Expo 2018, the new Aspire will have significant design upgrade and feature loaded cabin.
Ford, the American automaker is planning to launch new generation models of its entire portfolio in the Indian market in 2017-18. The company is gearing up for the launch of new Ford EcoSport facelift during this festive season 2017. Furthermore, Ford has already started testing the Figo 2018 model on the Indian roads. The new Ford Aspire 2018 is also in the works, which is likely to be launched in 2018. Ford has already started testing the refreshed Figo Aspire compact sedan, and the spy shots of the car have surfaced from Turkey. If reports are to be believed, the updated Figo and Aspire will be unveiled at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo.
The spotted model was heavily camouflaged, suggesting that the vehicle will get significant design change along with an updated feature list. Besides styling tweaks, the vehicle’s interior will also get several changes in the form of new features. The car will continue with the existing platform and powertrain options. The current model is available with three engine options – a 1.2-litre petrol, a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre TDCI diesel. The company might tweak these engines to improve the overall fuel efficiency. Transmission options will also expected to remain same.
The next generation Aspire will be equipped with Ford’s new SYNC 3 infotainment system with voice control, 8-inch display screen and USB, AUX-in and Bluetooth connectivity. This system is also compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with Siri Eyes-Free for easy call reception, music and maps. Upon its launch, the compact sedan will take on the likes of Hyundai Xcent, Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze and others in its league. Like the current model, the next generation Aspire could also get Sport variant.
The current generation Aspire is priced in the range of Rs 5.30 lakh – Rs 7.90 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). With updated design and new features, the Aspire 2018 model will be expensive than the outgoing car. We expect the next generation model to cost around Rs 5.6 lakh for base variant and Rs 8.5 lakh for top-end model.
|Minimum||Rs 5.60 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 8.50 lakh|
If media reports are to be believed, the new generation Aspire compact sedan will be launched in the second half of 2018. The American automaker could unveil the new model at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. Read More – Upcoming Ford Cars In India
|Engine||Maximum Power||Maximum Torque|
|1.2-litre Ti-VCT Petrol (MT)||88bhp @ 6300rpm||112Nm @ 4000rpm|
|1.5-litre Ti-VCT Petrol (AT)||110.4bhp @ 6300rpm||136Nm @ 4250rpm|
|1.5-litre TDCi Diesel (MT)||99bhp @ 3750rpm||215Nm @ 1750-3000rpm|
The updated Aspire compact sedan will get the new 1.2-litre Dragon petrol engine, which will replace the current motor. The new Dragon series engine will first offered in the revised EcoSport, which is scheduled to be launched during festive season. The Dragon series engine will be equipped with latest technologies like exhaust manifold, a variable oil pump and a dual-valve independent valve control. This engine is likely to be lighter and more fuel efficient that the current four-cylinder Sigma engine.
The current model is available with three engine options. The gasoline version of the car will be powered by a 1.2-litre Ti-VCT and a 1.5-litre Ti-VCT unit. On the other hand, the oil burner will be a 1.5-litre TDCi unit that is capable of producing 99bhp of power and 215Nm of torque.
The entry-level 1.2L petrol engine churns out a maximum power output of 88bhp and a peak torque of 112Nm. On the other side, the 1.5L unit is good for 110bhp and 136Nm of torque. Transmission options will include a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic unit.
|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|
This compact sedan is currently one of the most fuel efficient cars in its league. While the petrol model delivers 18.16kmpl, the automatic model too returns an impressive 17kmpl. The diesel model is claimed to return an ARAI certified mileage of 25.83kmpl.
ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System)
EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution)
Hill Launch Assist
Electronic stability program
Dimensionally, the new Aspire is 3,995mm in length, 1,695mm in width and 1,525mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,491mm. It comes with a ground clearance of 174mm, which is more than sufficient to tackle Indian road conditions. The compact car has a luggage carrying capacity of 359-litres, which can accommodate up to 4 suitcases.
Front – Independent McPherson strut with coil spring and anti-roll bar
Rear – Semi-independent twist beam with twin gas and oil filled shock absorbers
Ambiente & Trend – 175/65 R14 Steel
Titanium & Titanium+ – 175/65 R14 Alloy
The Aspire facelift is likely to get a major upgrade specifically on the cosmetic front, while the car will continue to feature the existing engines. There is very little information about the design changes likely to be offered on the Aspire facelift. Going by the spy images, it is visible that the compact sedan will get redesigned front and rear bumpers, revised grille, new projector headlamps with LED daytime running lamps. The side profile is expected to remain the same, except for the newly designed alloy wheels.
The majority of the upgrades will be offered inside the cabin. It will be equipped with a new SYNC3 touchscreen infotainment system that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The sedan will be equipped with the revised centre console and several new features.