Ford India is set to launch their revamped 2018 Aspire on October 4, 2018. The refurbished sedan will feature cosmetic as well as mechanical changes. The Indian version of the new Aspire sedan will borrow specs from the 2018 Ford Ka+, such as the restyled front-end. Apart from that, it will also feature a new, sleek chrome finish grille, new front bumper and chrome appliques matching with the radiator grille. By the looks of it, the side profile is expected to have a new premium feel to it, thanks to a new set of multi-spoke alloy wheels to be offered on the Titanium trim. Also noticeable are the faux air vents at its edges on the new rear-end bumper. The respective price can be expected to be higher by Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 30,000 (basis ex. showroom) depending on the variants of both petrol and diesel versions.
In terms of interiors, it will get a renewed centre-console inspired from the Freestyle. A SYNC3 unit with 6.5-inch touchscreen display will replace the first-gen SYNC infotainment system. It will also feature Apple CarPlay, Android Auto integration and a push start-stop button close to the instrument panel. Apart from that, the dual-tone beige and black cabin of the Aspire will be the same as being offered currently.
The facelifted 2018 Ford Aspire will get power from the new 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder, naturally-aspirated petrol engine, which exists in the Freestyle and offers a max power of 96 PS and 120 Nm of peak torque. This engine will be a replacement of the current 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder powerplant. Another highlight will be the 5-speed manual transmission as standard and a 6-speed automatic as optional. The diesel make will retain the same 1.5-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with a 5-speed gearbox, which will churn the max power of 100 PS and 215 Nm of peak torque.
As a matter of fact, Ford and Mahindra are in talks on collaborating on an Aspire EV that might be launched in 2019, apart from a C-Segment SUV later. Dr. Pawan Goenka, MD of Mahindra Automotive, has said that the two companies are looking forward to multiples prospects, such as engineering, manufacturing, retail and sourcing.
Ford Aspire is pitted against the likes of Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent, Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Tata Tigor and Volkswagen Ameo.