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Ford Aspire Facelift Sedan Launched In India At Rs 5.55 Lakh

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| October 4 , 2018 , 18:25 IST

Ford launched the Aspire facelift in India on Thursday starting at Rs 5.55 lakh for the base petrol Ambiente trim and going up to Rs 8.14 lakh for the top-spec diesel Titanium+ variant. The petrol-automatic combination is available only on the Titanium trim and is priced at Rs 8.49 lakh*.

This time Ford new Aspire comes with more safety kit as standard, adding rear parking sensors to ABS with EBD, two airbags, adjustable front and rear seat headrests and a reminder for the front seat belts. The automatic variant also gets hill-start assist, ESP and traction control as standard, while the top-spec trim adds four more airbags and an emergency assistance service.

Besides the styling changes and the addition of some features, the new Aspire’s powertrain options have also been revamped. The old 88hp, 1.2-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine has been replaced by the 96hp, 1.2-litre three-pot motor from the Freestyle, and claimed fuel economy for the petrol-manual combination has increased from 18.16kpl to 20.4kpl. The 100hp, the 1.5-litre diesel engine has been changed to deliver improved fuel economy as well, new delivering 0.27kpl more at 26.1kpl.

The new Aspire is Rs 20,000 less than the outgoing model, which was priced between Rs 5.72 lakh and Rs 8.69 lakh for the petrol variants (including the automatic) and Rs 7.44 lakh to Rs 8.46 lakh for the diesel trims. For the automatic variant, the new Aspire takes the EcoSport compact SUV’s 123hp, 1.5-litre petrol engine.

The new Aspire rivals are the new Honda Amaze (Rs 5.81-9.11 lakh), Maruti Suzuki’s Dzire (Rs 5.60-9.45 lakh), Volkswagen’s Ameo (Rs 5.65-9.99 lakh*) and the Hyundai Xcent (Rs 5.61-8.61 lakh).