Ford Aspire facelift launched carrying significant updates inside out and borrows Freestyle’s engine.
Ford Aspire facelift launched in India finally with some significant updates inside out giving it a refreshing touch. The updated Ford Aspire comes available at a starting price of Rs 5.55 lakh (ex-showroom). Pricing goes up to Rs 8.49 lakh (ex-showroom). As we have been discussing for last couple of days, the 2018 Ford Aspire gets a revised look compared to the one that was launched in 2015. The sedan sits in the same row with tough rivals like Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Hyundai Xcent and Honda Amaze. Interestingly, the facelifted sedan comes right after 110 years of the arrival of the brand’s first car Model T.
Interestingly, this is the first major change made to the car since it has been in business in India. Available in five different trim options, the sedan now gets a revised front grille that is inspired from Aston Martin. Apart from that, slightly updated headlamps and bumpers are there, alongside new design wheels. However, the car doesn’t look too different from the pre-facelift one.
The Ford Aspire facelift is more refreshed inside the cabin than exterior. It gets a new 7-inch dash-top Ford SYNC3 touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also gets four power windows, automatic climate control, adjustable front and rear seats. The dual front and side curtain airbags for all occupants offer class leading safety along with ABS, EBD, Hill Start Assist, ESP, Traction Control etc.
On the powertrain front too, a major change has been made. The Ford Aspire facelift gets a 1.2-litre Dragon series petrol engine sourced from its crossover sibling Ford Freestyle. It kicks out 94 bhp of power and 20.4 kmpl of mileage. Apart from that, the car also comes with a 1.5-litre petrol motor and a 98 bhp generating 1.5-litre diesel engine as well, just like the pre-facelift version. The diesel motor generates 26.1 kmpl of mileage. Apart from a 5-speed manual gearbox, there is a 6-speed automatic unit on offer only with a 1.5-litre petrol motor in Titanium trim. Speaking about the new Dragon series petrol engine, it is lightweight and more efficient compared to the outgoing model’s Ti-VCT motor.