The Indian unit of the second largest US automaker has moved to deliver the production version of the Ford Figo Aspire small sedan, order which has been presented more than a year ago as a concept.
Looking decidedly cute and not awkwardly derived from the Fiesta subcompact hatchback, the Figo Aspire is 3995 mm long, 1695 mm wide and 1525 mm tall, also sporting a good 2,491 mm wheelbase and a 359-liter trunk capacity. The model is designed to compete head to head with the leader of the Indian market – Maruti Suzuki – and its segment offering, the Dzire. The Figo Aspire comes with three choices of engines under the hood – a 1.2-liter Ti-VCT good for 88 PS & 112 Nm, a 1.5-liter TDCi sporting 100 PS & 215 Nm and a 1.5-liter Ti-VCT engine churning out 112 PS & 136 Nm. The first two choices have been mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and the latter, most powerful version has a six speed automatic for added panache and comfort.
Ford India’s showrooms will have it on display starting around next month and will come complete with a vast array of safety features – which is an exception on the poorly regulated Indian auto market – six airbags, ABS (with EBD) and ESP. Also on board is the company’s SYNC infotainment system and packages can also contain leather upholstery. Other extra goodies include an automatic climate control system. The new Figo Aspire will be manufactured at Ford’s newly opened plant in Gujarat, India and come with six body colors and four trim levels: Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium+.