Ford Motor India was caught testing the Ford Figo-based sedan, the Aspire’s Blu variant in India. The sedan was spotted around Ahmedabad, where Ford’s plant is located. This is not the first time that the Blue variant has been spied in India. Last year, a similar Blu variant of the Aspire was spotted testing in India.
It is not clear what the “Blu” variant signifies till now. It can be the new CNG-powered range of the Ford cars. As per Overdrive, the new test vehicle gets the 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine while the petrol variants of the car will come with the new 1.2-litre Dragon series engine that powers the Ford Freestyle. The Aspire had “Blu” stickers and monikers placed on the sides and the boot.
It looks different from the regular edition of the Aspire visually too. It gets a gloss black roof and blacked out Outside Rearview Mirrors (ORVMs). The test car came with a 15-inch blacked out alloy wheels too. The front of the vehicle gets gloss black grille with highlights in chrome. The interior of the vehicle may also get a different theme. It is possible that Ford will offer black inserts on the dashboard that will add the sporty bits on the inside too. Ford is expected to put a long list of features in the Aspire sedan when compared to the current version of the model.
The 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine currently powers the Ford EcoSport, Ford Figo, Figo Aspire and the Ford Freestyle in the Indian market. It generates a maximum power of 99 Bhp. The 1.2-litre three-cylinder Dragon petrol engine debuted in the Indian market with the all-new Freestyle and the same engine is expected in the upcoming car too. Ford is expected to offer only a five-speed manual transmission with the forthcoming car.
Ford is expected to launch the new facelifted Figo and the Aspire later this year in the Indian market. The facelifted Figo was spied testing on the Indian roads last year, and it is expected to be launched in the market soon. Ford has already launched the updated Figo in the international markets, and it gets a new grille, which is similar to the Freestyle. The new Figo will be a mid-life facelift, and no significant updates are expected in the vehicle. Ford may update the interior of the upcoming Figo and the Aspire with the SYC3 infotainment system, which is the latest infotainment system of the brand.
Ford will also launch the new facelifted Endeavour SUV in the Indian market later this month. The new Ford Endeavour gets cosmetic updates but remains identical to the current version of the model mechanically. Ford and Mahindra have joined hands in India and their products are expected to be launched in the market next year. Until then, Ford is not expected to launch an all-new product in the Indian market.