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May 16, 2015 : With the Figo Aspire, Ford will enter the compact sedan segment and comes with several first-in-class features like side and curtain airbags. The new Figo Aspire combines premium design, class-leading safety features and advanced technologies. The car offers first-in-class technological features like an innovative device dock that allows the driver to store, mount and charge mobile phones, MP3 players and satellite navigation systems. Figo Aspire will also be equipped with the latest version of SYNC with AppLink in-car connectivity system that allows drivers to control their phone, entertainment and apps hands-free using simple voice commands. The new Figo Aspire will be made available with a 1.5L TDCi diesel engine and a 1.2L TiVCT petrol engine option.
Ford India, the fully owned subsidiary of the American auto giant is set to introduce its first ever compact sedan, the Figo Aspire in the country. The car made its first public appearance at the 2014 Auto Expo, and grabbed a lot of attention. It was perhaps one of the most stylish models presented at the last-year happened auto expo. The Aspire has been built on the same B2E platform as the company's successful 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. As far as transmission is concerned, this vehicle will most likely be offered only with a 5-speed manual transmission option only. Though, we will have to wait for the official launch to know the complete specifications, features and other details. 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.
The Aspire looks very proportional as compared to its competitors in the highly competitive sub-compact sedan segment. Its new aerodynamic design makes it visually striking with a slanting bonnet featuring few visible character lines over it. The windscreen is pretty wide, enabling a better view to the driver.
The major highlight on the front comes in the form of a large trapezoidal shaped radiator grille. Just above this grille, the prominent insignia of the company is embossed, which is easily noticeable. The headlight cluster looks quite trendy, while a couple of round shaped fog lamps look quite conventional.
It has an attractive side profile, which includes neatly carved wheel arches that are fitted with a stylish pair of alloy wheels. Talking about the 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 lamp units that also have turn indicators fitted in it.
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 comes with an advanced infotainment system, which is compatible with radio (AM/FM tuner), CD/MP3 player, USB and AUX-in. 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. Customers can also add accessories such as alloy wheels, fog lamps, rear spoiler, pair of roof rails and a set of mud flaps to give their car a rich look.
Like any other car model in Ford's portfolio, the Aspire also gets the similar kind of reliable braking system along with proficient suspension mechanism, which keeps the vehicle well balanced and stable. Its braking mechanism is further enhanced by the anti-lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution, preventing wheels from skidding in case of sudden braking. The front wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated disc brakes, while the rear ones are equipped with a set of drum brakes. 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 drive.
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.
As a part of its 10-week long road show, Ford Figo Aspire was showcased in Chennai last weekend at the Central Atrium, Express Avenue Mall. If you have missed it, you will get another chance to catch the Figo Aspire in Chennai on May 16-17 at Ampa Skywalk, Aminjikarai and June 6-7 at Phoenix Mall, Velachery. With the Figo Aspire, Ford will enter the compact sedan segment and comes with several first-in-class features like side and curtain airbags.
One lucky winner will drive home the Figo Aspire; Selected participants stand a chance to win Rs. 100,000 each!
Ford India has started a new pre-launch campaign - “What Drives You?” of their anticipated new launch - Figo Aspire compact sedan. The company has also officially announced Farhan Akhtar - ‘a versatile actor, singer and ace director’, as the brand ambassador for Aspire.
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