Ford Figo Aspire launched at Rs 4.89 lakh

Ford Figo Aspire launched at Rs 4.89 lakh

The first compact sedan from Ford, the Figo Aspire, has been launched with prices starting from Rs 4.89 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the petrol, Rs 5.89 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the diesel and Rs 7.79 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the automatic. The compact sedan is available with a choice of three engines and two transmissions across four trim levels. The Figo Aspire also gets a few segment firsts. as well as some class-leading features.

The Figo Aspire is in line with Ford’s family looks with the Aston Martin-like front grille which gets chrome treatment on the higher variants and sleek headlamps, not as aggressive as the Fiesta’s units. The sides are rather plain, and the rear too is bland looking, except for the top trim levels which get a chrome strip across the boot lid. The car rides on rather stubby looking 14-inch wheels (steel for the base trim and alloys for the top trims).

The Aspire is available in four trim levels ¬– Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium+. The Ambiente trim is rather basic with standard features including dual airbags (standard across the range), air-conditioning, power steering and black plastic body panels like door handles and wing mirror covers. The Trend and Titanium trims get MyFord Dock along with features such as steering-mounted controls, and USB and Bluetooth connectivity. The top-spec Titanium+ trim gets a feature-rich interior with inclusions such as Ford’s SYNC infotainment system, six airbags and leather seats (both features being segment firsts).

Under the hood, Ford offers the Aspire with three engine options – a 1.2-litre petrol available on all trim levels, a 1.5-litre TDCi engine also available on all trim levels and a 1.5-litre petrol only available on the Titanium trim level. The smaller petrol unit generates 86.8bhp and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The 1.5-litre diesel is a more powerful version of the units in the EcoSport and Fiesta and is rated at 98.6bhp, also mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The

1.5-litre petrol unit develops 110.5bhp and is mated to a segment-first six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox as standard.

The Ford Figo Aspire enters a highly competitive compact sedan segment and will rival the likes of the Maruti Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Zest and Honda Amaze.

All prices ex-showroom, Delhi.

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