Prolonging the life of old models by shifting them to the commercial segment has become the norm of sub-4 metre cars. Ford India will copy this strategy for the Aspire, which will get a facelift this month.
As per Gaadiwaadi, Ford will gift the original Aspire a second life in the commercial segment with a ‘Trip’ suffix. The company will extend it in a basic grade comprising the black grille with black surround, black exterior mirrors without integrated turn indicators, body-coloured B-pillars, black door handles and steel wheels without wheel covers. A blue stripe runs from the tip of the headlamps to the tail lamps.
The Ford Aspire Trip will likely have a bare-bones interior. Still, one can expect the cabin laid in Charcoal Black and Light Oak for a dual-tone theme. Unlike the standard variant, the Trip will likely come with a speed governor with the limit set at 100 km/h. The speed limit for taxis was increased from 80 km/h to 100 km/h earlier this year.
With the mid-cycle update, the older petrol engines are getting replaced with new three-cylinder units from the 'Dragon' family. In addition to the old or new 1.2-litre petrol engine, the Trip variant will get the 1.5-litre diesel engine. Interestingly, a factory-fitted CNG kit is undergoing road testing in the Figo, and it could end up finding its place on the Aspire taxi special.
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