The Ford Aspire has been in the compact sedan segment sidelines for a long time. However, things may change now with updated Aspire that receives more equipment, a visual makeover, new engines, and more. Here are some of the updated features:
A visual makeover
The Aspire receives a mild facelift but there are plenty of tweaks done to give a new uplift look to the Ford Aspire. The bumper in the front is restyled with Aston Martin-esque grille and fog lamp housings. The grille is in chrome embellished, while the headlamps are re-profiled well, sadly though the LED DRLs are not included in the facelift package. The wheels are lager featuring 15 inch replacing the 14 inch wheels that always appeared too small.
New infotainment system
Honda’s Digipad and Marutis SmartPlay System have made the infotainment system of Aspire to have an advantage. This facelift has made Ford to go up by a level. There is a 7.0 free-standing touchscreen with Titanium top-spec + a 6.5 inch touchscreen and infotainment system of Ford Sync 3 bundled with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It is now the best touchscreen systems.
More safety kit as standard
There is more concentration given to safety features. The EBD and ABS that were optional on the Ambiente trim have no become standard features. The Ford Aspire features seatbelt reminders, rear parking sensors for front seats. There is hill start assist, traction control, ESP, and dual airbags as standard.
The Aspire now updated gets new two petrol engines. The 1.2 liter of the earlier model, while the four-cylinder petrol unit made its way with Ford’s new 1.2-litre, while the three-cylinder unit made its debut earlier this year. With 96hp and 120Nm, the 1.2 new unit is more powerful than the earlier unit that gave out 88hp and 112Nm, and is also fuel efficient. The fuel efficiency has increased from 18.16kpl to 20.40kpl in the lower variants and in the top variants it is 19.4kpl. The 1.2 petrol is solely offered with a manual 5-speed gearbox.
The new Aspire is a three cylinder petrol unit, 1.5 liter replacing the four-cylinder unit of 1.5 liter. The power is increased from 112hp and the torque is of 136Nm to 123 hp and 150Nm. the larger petrol engine comes with automatic transmission. However, the dual clutch transmission is replaced by a converter unit of 6-speed torque. The output increase and the switching to the torque converter are done to drop the fuel economy. Actually the Aspire official fuel economy for petrol automatic is 16.3kpl from the earlier 17kpl.
The diesel of 1.5-litre is now giving out 100hp and torque 215Nm, mated to a manual 5-speed remains unchanged, though Ford has re-tuned it slightly resulting in fuel economy a slight bump from 25.83kpl to 26.1kpl.
Affordable than before
The Aspire is face lifted and yet is cheaper by Rs.20, 000 in comparison to its older model. Now Ford increased the variants numbers and also claims to offer the best maintenance costs ever with a 1, 00,000km/5 year warranty.