New Ford Aspire Facelift Spied Testing; Auto Expo 2018 Debut Likely

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Recently we told you about the upcoming 2018 Ford Figo facelift that is likely to debut at the Auto Expo 2018. Now, it has come to light that the American car maker giant is also testing an updated Aspire sedan that is likely to launch in India alongside the 2018 Figo Facelift and Figo Cross. Akin to the updated Figo, even the new 2018 Ford Aspire facelift is likely to launch soon after its public debut at the next motor show in Delhi. In most likelihood, the updated car will come with a host of styling updates and probably a new 1.2-litre Petrol engine. Frankly, details are scarce at the moment but here’s all that is being said about the new 2018 Ford Aspire facelift India launch date and prices.

2018 ford aspire facelift images

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As you can see in the spy images of the Aspire facelift we have below, the test mules have been caught wearing a heavy camouflage. This suggests that the car will get some major changes, at least at its front-end. Other than the styling tweaks, the car will also get many new features, at least for the top-end trims. The most important change, however, will be mechanical in nature. The current 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine will be replaced by a new 1.2-litre three-cylinder Petrol motor from Ford’s Dragon series of engine. The new engine will not only have a better performance but will also offer a higher fuel mileage. Other than the new 1.2 engine, the car will continue to offer 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre Diesel engines.

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The Aspire facelift will offer a host of new features. We are expecting the addition of Ford’s excellent SYNC 3 infotainment system that offers voice control, USB, AUX-in, Bluetooth connectivity, and telephony feature along with an 8-inch touchscreen interface. Other than this, the infotainment unit also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Akin to the current model, the upcoming facelift, upon its market launch, will go on to rival the likes of Maruti Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze and Volkswagen Ameo.

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New 2018 Ford Aspire Facelift India Launch Date

Launch Date April 2018

As can be seen in the spy images, the test mule wears quite a heavy camouflage. While we don’t expect really major changes in the design, it’s pretty much for sure that Ford has planned some substantial styling updates for its compact sedan. We hope to meet the facelift at the 2018 edition of Auto Expo. An April 2018 launch date can’t really be ruled out.

Also Read: Ford Aspire S Price

New 2018 Ford Aspire Facelift Price in India

Minimum Price ₹ 5.45 lakh
Maximum Price ₹ 7.90 lakh

Currently, the Aspire sedan is on sale in a price range of Rs 5.30 lakh to Rs 7.90 lakh (ex-showroom). The facelift will cost a bit more. The price rise will be due to the additional features, a new engine, and a more modern look. Safely expect prices of the updated compact sedan to start at Rs 5.45 lakh. The top-end model could cost as much as Rs 7.90 lakh. We are pretty sure that the facelift will be able to justify the price increase through a more modern styling, a better petrol engine and many more features.

Also Read: Ford Aspire S Price

New 2018 Ford Aspire Facelift Specs

Specifications Petrol  Diesel
Engine 1.2-litre, 3-cyl, Petrol/1.5-litre, 4-cyl, Petrol 1.5-litre, 4-cyl, Turbocharged Diesel
Max. Power 82 BHP/110 BHP 99 BHP
Peak Torque 115 Nm/146 Nm 215 Nm
Transmission  5-speed Manual/6-speed DCT Automatic 5-speed Manual

The Aspire is currently available with three engine options – 1.2-litre Petrol, 1.5-litre Petrol, and 1.5-litre Diesel. While the 1.5-litre units will be carried over to the facelift, the current 1.2-litre four-cylinder unit will be replaced by a new 1.2-litre, three-cylinder motor from Ford’s Dragon series of engines. The new engine will output 82 BHP and 115 Nm. The bigger petrol engine goes on to output 110 BHP and 146 Nm. The Diesel engine offers 99 BHP and 215 Nm. While all the 1.2-litre Petrol and the 1.5-litre Diesel engines come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, the 1.5-litre petrol engine has a 6-speed Dual Clutch automatic transmission.

It’s worth a mention here that the current 1.2-litre engine has received a lot flak for its rather lack-lustre low-end and a mediocre fuel mileage. However, all this is likely to change with the advent of the new three-cylinder engine. This 1.2-litre motor will be also available on the upcoming new 2018 Figo facelift and the Figo Cross.

New 2018 Ford Aspire Facelift Mileage

1.2 Petrol 21 KMPL
1.5 Petrol 18 KMPL
1.5 Diesel 25 KMPL

Like we just told you, the 1.5-litre Petrol and Diesel engines remain unchanged in terms of specifications. Therefore, even the mileage they will deliver remains the same. The new 1.2-litre, three-cylinder engine, on the other hand, is sure to offer a higher mileage than the current 1.2 motor. We expect a peak mileage of 21 KMPL from this engine. In comparison, the Figo’s current 1.2-litre engine outputs approximately 19 KMPL.

It may be noted that thanks to a lacklustre low-end, the engine fails to deliver a very high mileage in the the real-world driving conditions. There are good chances that all this will chang with the introduction of the new 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder Dragon series engine.

New 2018 Ford Aspire Facelift Dimensions

Length (mm) 3,995 mm
Width (mm) 1,695 mm
Height (mm) 1,525 mm
Wheelbase (mm) 2,491 mm
Ground Clearance (mm) 174 mm
The 2018 model of the Figo will have the same basic design. Hence, there won’t be any change in the dimensions.

New 2018 Ford Aspire Facelift Features

  • New front and bumper
  • Stylish new design alloy wheels
  • Turn indicators on ORVMs
  • New front grille
  • Projector headlamps
  • LED DRLs
  • SYNC 3 infotainment unit
  • Black interior
  • Rear AC vents
  • Brushed aluminium inserts on dashboard and door trims
  • Auto headlamp on/off
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Ford MyDock
  • Ford MyKey
  • Reverse parking camera
  • Rear parking sensors

The new Ford Aspire 2018 facelift will come with a handful of new features. The car will come with a set of new bumpers, stylish new alloy wheels, and new projector headlamps. The will also come with LED DRLs, auto headlamps and rain-sensing wipers. Talking about the interior features, the 2018 Aspire will offer a new touchscreen infotainment unit, rear aircon vents and an all-black cabin. Chances are that the car will also offer a reverse parking camera with display on the infotainment screen.

New 2018 Ford Figo Facelift

New 2018 Ford Aspire Facelift Exterior and Interior

The Ford Figo Aspire 2018 is likely to come with some major styling updates, especially at its front-end. As we can make out from the heavy camouflage, the car will have an updated grille and a pair of new headlamps that will likely have a projector setup and DRLs. The car will also have a new set of bumpers. The side profile will remain largely the same but we are sure the facelift will offer a set of stylish new alloy wheels.

The Aspire 2018 facelift will come with many new features. Firstly, the cabin will have an all-black colour theme and the seats will get an upholstery change. Additional features will include the SYNC 3 infotainment system that will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Rear AC vents, auto headlamps, and rain sensing wipers.

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Stay tuned to CarBlogIndia for new developments on the new 2018 Ford Aspire facelift launch date, price in India, specifications, mileage, features, interior and exterior design review.

via Motor1

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4 COMMENTS

  1. […] Remember we recently reported about a test mule of what seemed to be the Figo facelift? Well, we’ve finally got our hands on another spy image of the upcoming Ford car and it has come to light that the test mule you see in these images isn’t the Figo, but the Ford Figo Cross (Ford Ka Trail) that was unveiled at the 2016 Sao Paulo Auto Show! While the Ford Figo Cross is already on sale in Brazil, its India launch is likely to happen only in the first-half of 2018. That said, we are pretty sure of seeing the Figo Cross at the Auto Expo 2018. Also See- 2018 Aspire facelift […]

  2. It must come with additional features like cruise control, front arm rest, tilt and telescopic steering and all other features as available in the Ameo to be the no 1 sub 4 meter sedan in India. Already its a nice car but lacking only some premium features.

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