Ford’s answer to Maruti Suzuki Dzire, the Figo Aspire, is ready to receive a midlife facelift. We already told you about its launching which is scheduled for the 4th of October, bang in the middle of the festive season. Now let’s go through some extensive details of the car.
The upcoming Aspire facelift will get a heavily revised front-end. It will sport a new honeycomb grille surrounded with chrome and finished in dark grey. The grille will be flanked by reworked headlamp clusters that have been blacked out and feature a new internal design. The redesigned front bumper now comes with a wider central air dam and redesigned round foglamps which are enclosed within stylish C-shaped chrome strips.
On the rear, a new bumper has been placed with a chrome slab running across the length of the boot. The tail lamp clusters look similar to the outgoing model but have a different internal design. A reverse parking camera on top of the number plate housing will help during parking and tight maneuvers. This facelifted version rides on stylish 16 spoke alloys and 195/55 R15 tyres.
The insides of the car have been clearly inspired by the updated Ecosport. The Aspire facelift will continue to come with the same black and beige dual tone interior theme as on the current car. The dashboard however has been updated with a new centre console, which now comes with a floating touchscreen infotainment system similar to the one seen on the EcoSport albeit with a slightly different positioning.
This results in less buttons and ultimately less clutter. The central air-con vents have also been repositioned. There is also an engine start-stop button positioned closer to the driver which could be beneficial for efficiency. There will be major changes under the hood. The ongoing 1.2 litre-4 cylinder Ti-VCT petrol unit will make way for a new, 1.2 litre-3 cylinder Dragon petrol unit with 95 Bhp and 120 Nm on tap. This motor is more powerful than the unit it replaces. A new 5-speed manual gearbox will be mated to the engine.
Ford is also expected to add a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox option to the petrol version of the new Figo Aspire. The tried-and-tested 1.5-litre TDCI turbocharged unit will continue to be offered on diesel variants. This motor makes an impressive 98.6 Bhp-215 Nm, and is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. An automatic gearbox is not on cards for the diesel motor. Notably, the new petrol engine and the diesel engine make more power and torque than its direct rival, the Maruti Dzire.
One of the major selling points of the car this time would be its lower price. The facelifted model is expected to be even cheaper than the ongoing model. Ford will do this by working on higher localization, cheaper production and other methods to cut down on the cost. This will enable Ford to deliver a big blow under the belly to the current segment leaders like Dzire and Amaze.