Ford Figo Aspire makes public debut, interior revealed – IAB Report
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Expected to launch in mid-2015.
Ford India today unveiled the Ford Figo Aspire at a shopping mall in Gurgaon, as a part of its pre-launch road show that will take the car to hot spots in Indian metro cities for demo.
Today however we get to see the car’s interior in flesh. The dual-tone dashboard is derived from the modern day Fords like the EcoSport and Fiesta, installed with the SYNC multimedia system. Component sharing is immediately visible when you look at the buttons, steering wheel, door handles and switches, which come off the EcoSport.
This pre-production demo vehicle, a high-end Titanium diesel variant, comes with an auto climate control system (base variants will get manual AC and mobile docking in place of SYNC), six airbags (dual front, side and curtain airbags) and five-speed manual transmission. Ford has also released an image of the 6-speed PowerShift (dual-clutch in Ford’s language) transmission, that like on the Fiesta and EcoSport, should be exclusive to the petrol variant.
Under the hood of the demo model is a 1.5-liter TDCI diesel engine that is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. Ford will introduce for the first time, a new 1.2-liter TI-VCT petrol engine on the Aspire, also paired to a 5-speed manual.
Prices, variants and features will be released closer to the launch of the car, which is expected to unfold in the coming months.
Competition: Maruti Dzire, Tata Zest, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent
Expected Price: INR 5.5-7 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Tentative Launch: Mid-2015