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Ford Aspire, Figo Facelift Revealed; India Launch Soon

The refreshed Figo and Aspire in India will borrow Ford’s new, powerful 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol from the Freestyle

Ford Aspire, Figo Facelift Revealed; India Launch Soon
Ford Aspire, Figo Facelift Revealed; India Launch Soon
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2018-06-20T15:12:27+05:30

Ford has revealed the made-in-India Figo and Aspire facelift in South Africa. The American carmaker gave us a preview of the Figo facelift in February when it debuted the refreshed Ka+ in Europe but this is the first time its sedan counterpart has been showcased. It is the longer version of the Aspire that has premiered in South Africa (India gets the sub-4m version), but both should look similar even now, like before.

Ford Figo and Aspire Facelift

Up front, the changes in the updated Ford Figo are borrowed from the Freestyle, which is essentially a cross-hatch based on the Figo. From the front, the updated Aspire will look identical to the hatchback, as was the case before.

Ford Aspire facelift

The South Africa-spec Figo/Figo sedan that you see in the images is a mid-spec variant (Trend). The Figo is not offered in the range-topping Titanium variants in SA and misses out on certain premium and safety features that the European model gets.

Ford KA+ (Euro-spec)

Pictured: Ford KA+ (Euro-spec)

The SA-spec cars get smaller 14-inch wheels and these are sans chrome inside-out. They also don’t get the new 6.5-inch SYNC3 infotainment system that the Freestyle gets in India. Even the Euro-spec Figo facelift gets it. However, the SYNC3 unit, which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, should be there on the India-spec Figo facelift.

Ford KA+ (Euro-spec)

Pictured: Ford KA+ (Euro-spec)

We also expect the Figo in India to come in the range-topping Titanium variant that gets dual-tone 15-inch machined wheels and chrome highlighters, like on the Euro-spec model. The updated Aspire too will get bigger wheels as seen in the spy shots before.

Ford KA+ (Euro-spec)

Pictured: Ford KA+ (Euro-spec)

Apart from aesthetic changes, the updated Figo and Aspire will get a new 3-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine. It is the same Dragon series engine that does duty on the Freestyle. This is the most powerful 1.2-litre naturally aspirated engine (96PS/120Nm) in the country at present. The 1.5-litre diesel, on the other hand, will be same as before. Also, the old iB5 5-speed manual transmission will be replaced by a new MX65 5-speed manual with both diesel and petrol engines.

Ford Freestyle

The only mechanical bit about the updated Figo-duo that’s unclear at this moment is the availability of an automatic transmission. The outgoing Figo and Aspire had a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol with a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic. Now, however, it could be replaced by a new 1.5-litre 3-cylinder Dragon petrol engine coupled to a 6-speed torque converter automatic like in the case of the EcoSport facelift. The SA-spec Figo, its sedan counterpart and even the Brazil-spec Freestyle get the new engine with torque converter. There’s also a possibility that Ford might offer the new 6-speed AT with the 1.2-litre motor in India to benefit from the tax on smaller cars. 

Ford Figo Facelift

Both the updated Figo and the Aspire are expected to be introduced here in the coming months. The Aspire is expected to be launched first followed by the Figo, as was the case before.

Ford Aspire Facelift


Source: cardekho.com

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