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Ford Aspire BS-VI: A close look.

It isn’t surprising seeing almost every car has been updated over the past year. Some of them have received a generation update, some received a minor facelift, some of them witnessed the drop of a diesel engine, while some just carried over but with new BS-VI compliant engines.

Having updated the Aspire in 2018, Ford pushed the BS-VI update to its compact sedan by just updating its engines. However, like most of the other manufacturers, Ford decided to keep the diesel-powered Aspire intact and upgraded both the powertrains to meet the latest emission standards.

So, is there anything new? Nothing, for the most part. The Aspire continues with the same design, which we saw with the 2018 update. Therefore, there isn’t much that differentiates the BS-VI Aspire from its BS-IV counterpart. The interiors, too, remain largely unchanged, except for one omission and one addition, which we’ll get to in the Features section below. Here’s a close look at the 2020 Ford Aspire. Read on.

Specifications

As far as exterior specifications are concerned, the 2020 Ford Aspire remains unchanged from the model it replaces. Dimension-wise, the car still measures 3,995mm in length, 1,704mm in width, and 1,525mm in height. Moreover, it has a respectable ground clearance of 174mm and a fuel tank capacity of 42-litres. The boot-space capacity, on the other hand, is 359-litres. As for the kerb weight, the base variant tips the scale at 1,016kg.

Under the hood, the main highlight of this update is the transition to BS-VI emission standards. The entry-level engine is the 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated three-cylinder petrol, which now makes 96bhp and 119Nm of torque. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Unlike its predecessor, the Aspire does not have an option of a petrol-automatic. As for the diesel, it’s the same 1.5-litre turbocharged engine, good for 100bhp and 215Nm of torque. It also comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.

Mileage

Ford has also unveiled the official fuel efficiency numbers for the new Aspire. As per ARAI, the petrol-manual derivative of the Aspire is good for 18.5km/l. The diesel-manual, on the other hand, is far more frugal at 24.4km/l (also ARAI-certified).

Features

As discussed above, the Ford Aspire gets an additional feature while it loses out on one too. Starting with the bad news, Ford has replaced the SYNC3 touchscreen in the top-spec Titanium+ trim with the less feature-rich Flyaudio system. Therefore, the Aspire now loses out on both Apple Carplay and Android Auto.

However, the Aspire, just like other Fords, now gets Ford Pass connectivity suite, which essentially means the Aspire is a connected-car, with a number of features and information accessible through the Ford Pass application.

Rest of the feature list, thankfully, remains the same. The top-end trim gets automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, climate control, push-button start, 15-inch alloy wheels, steering-mounted audio controls, and a smart key.

Colours

The Aspire, as of early-2020, comes in seven shades, namely, White Gold, Moondust Silver, Smoke Grey, Absolute Black, Ruby Red, Deep Impact Blue, and Oxford White. Out of all, the Aspire looks its best in the Absolute Black shade.

Brochure

All the details regarding the Ford Aspire, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.

Variants and Prices

As of early-2020, the Ford Aspire is available in seven variants, with four variants for the petrol-manual and three variants for the diesel-manual. The prices start at Rs. 5.99 lakhs for the Ambiente 1.2 Ti-VCT variant going all the way up to Rs. 8.34 lakhs for the Titanium Plus 1.5 TDCi variant (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi). There’s also a 1.5 Ambiente TDCi variant, which is only available for fleet owners. For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.

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