The much awaited Ford Aspire facelift has finally been launched in India with a fresh set of feature and cosmetic upgrades. The compact sedan has received its first major update after three years since it was first introduced. The vehicle is available in five variants and three engine options. It comes with a price tag that starts at Rs 5.55 lakhs and goes up to Rs 8.49 lakhs for the automatic petrol variant.
What’s good about it?
The Aspire facelift gets a new honeycomb grille along with C-shaped fog lamp pods and redesigned bumpers for freshness. Alongside the older 1.5-litre diesel engine option, the Aspire facelift is now available with a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder Dragon Series petrol engine that generates 95bhp of power and the new 1.5-litre, three-cylinder engine with a new six-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox. This time around the vehicle also gets a new floating touchscreen infotainment system with SYNC3 which is borrowed from the Freestyle and the EcoSport.
What’s not so good?
Although the new Aspire is offered with a decent amount of convenience features, it still misses out on the projector headlamps and the LED DRLs.
Best variant to buy?
The top spec Titanium Plus is a good option for those looking for maximum safety and convenience features. However, the top-spec is limited to manual transmission and potential buyers looking out for automatic can opt for the Platinum variant.
1194cc - 95bhp at 6500rpm and 120Nm at 4250rpm – five-speed manual
1499cc - 121bhp at 6500rpm and 150Nm at 4500rpm – five-speed manual and optional six-speed automatic
1498cc – 99bhp at 3750rpm and 215Nm between 1750-3000rpm
Did you know?
The Aspire was first showcased as the Figo concept sedan at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. This was indeed the first car that did not look like an afterthought product. The global product has also been known for its standard safety features.