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April 3, 2015: Ford India’s anticipated entrant in the compact sedan arena - Ford Figo Aspire will be launching around mid May, according to the sources. Expect the bookings for the same to begin by May starting. Earlier in March, the company revealed the Figo Aspire compact sedan during the inauguration of their new production facility in Sanand Gujarat. The new compact sedan will be the first product to be manufactured from the new facility followed by its twin - next-gen Figo hatchback. The Figo Aspire sports Ford's Kinetic 2.0 design physiology and gets SYNC voice guided infotainment system. In terms of safety, Figo Aspire gets 6 airbags including segment first side and curtain airbags. Moreover, Ford India reveals that the cars will get a new 1.2-liter Ti-VCT and 1.5-liter TDCI diesel engines
Ford India, the fully owned subsidiary of the American auto giant is all set out roll out its first sub 4-meter sedan Figo Aspire in the country. The manufacturer has officially unveiled this vehicle at the 2014 Auto Expo, where it has grabbed the attention of numerous enthusiasts. It was perhaps one of the most stylish models presented at the auto expo in India and it marks the company's entry in to the lucrative compact sedan segment. This latest vehicle has a brand new design language with a trapezoidal radiator grille, blacked out headlamps and other rugged style elements. The company has built this sleek sedan on the same B2E platform as the company's compact SUV, Ford EcoSport. The manufacturer has already confirmed that this upcoming vehicle will be available with a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel and a 1.2-litre TiVCT petrol engine option. Both these engines are expected to deliver good performance, without compromising in terms of fuel efficiency. Earlier, rumors gone round the market that the manufacturer may also offer the revolutionary 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, but now, it seemed to be highly unlikely. As far as transmission is concerned, this vehicle may be offered with 5-speed manual transmission option only. The complete specifications, features and other details are yet to be revealed by the company. The automaker also claims that this yet to be launched vehicle is going to feature advanced aspects including voice activated SYNC with Ford AppLink function, which allows users to operate various aspects of this vehicle.
Currently, there is a stiff competition in the sub 4-meter segment, where the likes of MSIL, Honda, Hyundai and Tata Motors are competing with each other. This vehicle has a very attractive external appearance, no less than any other vehicle in its segment. It also has a decent internal cabin, which is done up with an attractive dual tone color scheme. At the same time, it also gets piano black accents on steering wheel and dashboard that renders an up-market appeal to the insides. This Ford Figo Aspire is expected to get a slew of standard comfort aspects like an air conditioning unit with heater, a multi-functional steering wheel, power adjustable external wing mirrors and driver's seat height adjuster. In terms of safety, this is going to the first vehicle in its class to have side and curtain airbags for extra protection. Beside this, it is also has a robust body structure built from high-strength steel that ensures maximized protection to all occupants. Soon after its launch, it will take on the likes of Honda Amaze, Tata Zest, Hyundai Xcent and most popular Maruti Swift Dzire.
This Ford Figo Apsire compact sedan model series from the reputed brand is expected to have stunning exteriors that can easily lure anyone from the first glance itself. Its body line will be sleek and comes with an aerodynamic design that makes it visually striking. It comes equipped with some remarkable aspects that further enhances its overall appearance. To describe its front fascia, it has a slanting bonnet featuring few visible character lines over it. The windscreen is pretty wide in dimension, which aids in providing a better view to the driver. This is further integrated with a couple of wipers. The major highlight in its frontage would be the large radiator grille that is in trapezoidal shape. This features four horizontally positioned slats and the complete grille is polished neatly with chrome. Just above this grille, the prominent insignia of the company is embossed, which is easily noticeable. The headlight cluster looks quite trendy and comes equipped with high intensity headlamps as well as turn indicators. Then, there is a well sculpted bumper, which is painted in body color. This is further equipped with a couple of round shaped fog lamps and an air dam, which cools the engine in no time. This compact sedan has an attractive side profile, which includes neatly carved wheel arches that are fitted with a modish set of alloy wheels. Meanwhile, the aspects like black colored B-pillars, door handles and outside rear view mirrors integrated with side turn indicators further gives it a dynamic look. Coming to its rear end, it features an expressive boot lid that will also include a chrome strip as well as company's badge on it. This is flanked by bright tail lamps that is fitted with turn indicators. Besides these, aspects like the body colored bumper and a large windshield gives this vehicle a complete and striking appearance.
This compact sedan is designed with a decent length, width as well as height, which gives a comfortable feel to the passengers sitting inside.
The manufacturer has not fully disclosed the details about its interiors, but some of the online portals have posted the images of its cabin, which gives a glimpse about the cabin design. As we can see in the pictures that this vehicle is done up with an attractive dual tone color scheme, which is underlined by a lot of metallic accents. At the same time, we can also see the glossy black accents on the steering wheel and dashboard that further enhances the beauty of cabin. Its dashboard has a beautiful center fascia with signature design language, which can be seen in many of company's models. The instrument cluster seems to have got a sleek structure featuring three analogue gauges and several warning lamps. Although it is a compact sedan, the cabin space seemed to be good with excellent shoulder and head room. However, the leg space many not be sufficient enough for the occupants. All the seats inside are expected to get fabric upholstery as cover, but there is always a provision for the individuals to opt for leather seating covers.
The manufacturer is yet to reveal the details regarding the overall trim levels and its list of features. However, all the trim levels will feature all the essential comfort aspects, which makes this vehicle a tough competitor. Its entry level trims might host aspects like power assisted steering, front power windows, adjustable front head restraints, a manually operated air conditioning system, sliding and reclining front seats, storage units and drink holders. At the same time, they will also come with an instrument cluster featuring a speedometer, tachometer, trip-meter and fuel gauge. While the mid range variants could feature driver's seat height adjuster, dual front sun visors with vanity mirror, rear adjustable head restraints, intermittent front wipers and follow-me home headlamps. On the other hand, we can expect its top end variants to host features like parking sensors, multi-functional steering wheel, remote central locking and various other such features.
The automaker has built this vehicle with a roomy cabin that can easily accommodate five people. The head space in the front is quite sufficient, but it can be increased a bit in the rear. There is ample leg space offered along with sufficient shoulder room. Meanwhile, it comes with a spacious boot compartment that is good enough to store a number of things in it. This space can be further increased by folding its rear seat.
The petrol trims, which are powered by a 1196cc TiVCT engine can reach a top speed in the range of 145 to 155 Kmph, while accelerating from 0 to 100 Kmph mark in 15 seconds. On the other hand, its diesel variants featuring TDCi engine may break the 100 Kmph speed barrier in close to 12 seconds and are expected to reach a top speed of 165 Kmph.
As per speculations, this vehicle will launch in India with both petrol and diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. It will borrow the 1.5-litre TDCI engine with EcoSport, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1498cc. It is integrated with four cylinders and sixteen valves using double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. This engine will churn out a maximum power of 89.7bhp at 3750rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 204Nm in the range of 2000 to 2750rpm. On the other hand, its 1.2-litre Ti-VCT petrol engine, which can displace 1196cc. This engine can generate 70.02bhp at 6250rpm along with a peak torque output of 102Nm at 4000rpm. Both these engines are mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box. At the same time, according to the few news, this vehicle is also coming in 1.5-litre Ti-VCT engine, which will coupled with a six speed dual clutch transmission gear box.
According the company's official portal, this upcoming vehicle will be available with one petrol and diesel engine option. Its petrol variants will host a 1.2-litre TiVCT engine under the hood, which is expected to deliver a mileage close to 19 Kmpl. While the diesel variants will be offered with a 1.5-litre TCDi engine that may offer mileage in the range of 24 to 25 Kmpl.
The manufacturer has not disclosed anything related to the technical specifications of these motors. However, these engines are already powering some of the existing Ford models. Considering this, its 1.2-litre petrol mill is expected to produce a power of 70bhp along with a hammering torque of 102Nm. On the other hand, its 1.5-litre diesel mill can produce a maximum power of 89.75bhp in combination with a pounding torque of 204Nm.
This Ford Figo Aspire compact sedan series is is expected to be fitted with an advanced infotainment system, which is also equipped with an audio streaming function. It is compatible with radio (AM/FM tuner), CD/MP3 player, USB port, Aux-in socket and four speakers. The top end Titanium variant also gets Bluetooth connectivity option for pairing mobile phones. It also has a multifunctional steering wheel that is integrated with audio and call control buttons. Its entry level variant may lack many features, but the owner can customize it with various accessories. These include alloy wheels, fog lamps, rear spoiler, a pair of roof rails and a set of mud flaps. The insides can be decorated with a music system, scuff plates, premium seat covers, gear knob bezel, floor mats and many other such aspects.
Like any other car model in Ford's portfolio, this upcoming vehicle is also expected to get a reliable braking system along with proficient suspension mechanism, which keeps the vehicle well balanced and stable. Its braking mechanism is further enhanced by an anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. It prevents wheels from locking in case of sudden braking. The front wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated disc brakes, while the rear ones are equipped with sturdy set of drum brakes. It is blessed with a proficient suspension system that assists to keep this vehicle well balanced on any road conditions. The front axle is affixed with an independent McPherson strut, which has dual path mounts, while the rear axle is assembled with a semi independent twist beam along with coil springs. On the other hand, it has a power assisted steering system that comes with tilt adjustment function, which makes it easy to maneuver. This steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 4.9 meters and makes handling easier even in heavy traffic conditions.
This yet to be launched vehicle is equipped with a number of protective aspects, which gives the occupants a stress free driving experience. The company has given it 3-point seat belts for all passengers along with lap belt for rear center passenger. It protects the occupants in case of any accident occurs. The driver seat belt reminder notification also displays on instrument cluster, which is a plus point. It comes with intelligent center locking system along with smart programmable keyless entry that adds to the advantage. Its rigid body structure comes with side impact beams that enhances the protection of its occupants sitting inside. The advanced engine immobilizer safeguards the vehicle with theft and any unauthorized entry. Its rear defogger comes with auto cut-off function as well. The car maker has hopefully blessed this compact sedan with dual airbags for driver and front co-passenger. Apart from these, it also has laminated glazed windscreen, rear wash and wipe function, anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution, a high mounted stop lamp, centrally located fuel tank and many other such aspects.
The neatly crafted wheel arches are expected to be fitted with a set of steel and alloy wheels, depending on the variants. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres that provides superior grip on any road conditions. It is also expected to be fitted with a full size spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre.
1. Compact size makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic.
2. Spacious internal cabin with good seating arrangement.
3. Boot compartment is quite large.
4. Cost of ownership is affordable.
5. After sales service is rather good.
1. Exterior appearance can be improved.
2. Many more safety features can be added in the entry level variant.
3. Engine performance can be improved.
4. Ground clearance is quite low.
5. Many more features can be added.
Blue Oval Inaugurated Its second spanking new manufacturing facility today at Sanand Gujarat and officially revealed their trump card this year - Ford Figo ‘Aspire’ compact sedan, launching in couple of months!
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