Ford India is expected to soon launch an updated version of the Ford Figo Aspire compact sedan. The facelifted Aspire is likely to become a stronger rival to the Maruti Dzire. The upcoming Ford car was recently spotted testing. While the car continues to wear some camouflage, we already know about most of the new bits it will carry.
As indicated in the spy images, the upcoming Ford Figo Aspire will have an updated front-end and rear-end. The front fascia of the Aspire will offer a comprehensively updated styling, courtesy a sleeker grille and a new bumper. The rear will also offer a new bumper. Also, the tail lamps will likely see some revisions.
The interior will also get some updates. For starters, the dated SYNC1 infotainment unit will be replaced with the SYNC3, which will, in turn, bring in a touchscreen interface. The new infotainment unit will offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The interior will also get new upholstery.
Moreover, the Ford Figo Aspire Figo facelift will come with an important mechanical update. The current 1.2-litre TiVCT petrol engine, which has been receiving a lot of flak for a very lacklustre low-end performance, will be replaced with an all-new 1.2-litre unit from the Dragon series of engines. This is the same engine that recently marked its debut in the Freestyle CUV. The new 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder, Dragon engine outputs 95 bhp-120 Nm, which is much more powerful than what the K12 motor of the Maruti Dzire offers. The new 1.2-litre engine will come mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
The Aspire is also likely to get the 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder, Dragon engine from the Ford EcoSport facelift. This engine outputs 122 bhp-150 Nm and will come with a torque converter automatic gearbox. The diesel engine option will be carried over from the pre-facelift version. The Aspire offers a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged TDCi diesel engine that outputs 98.6 bhp-215 Nm, which is, again, a lot more powerful than what the diesel-sipping Maruti Dzire has on offer. The oil burner comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
The launch of the Ford Figo Aspire facelift is expected to take place by the end of next month. Ford is even expected to launch an updated Figo hatchback weeks after launching the updated Aspire. The changes that the Aspire facelift will carry should make it a lot more likeable than the current version. It should also help the cheapest Ford sedan in India fend off the pressure from the Maruti Dzire, and the upcoming new Honda Amaze.