Ford India has introduced its compact sedan – the New Ford Aspire at a competitive introductory price starting from Rs 5,55,000. The New Ford Aspire compact sedan now offers Ford’s all-new, three-cylinder 1.2L TiVCT petrol engine that is small, light and fuel efficient. The naturally aspirated engine generates 96 PS of peak power and 120 Nm of torque while delivering an ARAI-ratified fuel efficiency of 20.4 kmpl. For the diesel lovers, the New Ford Aspire comes with the tried and trusted 1.5L TDCi engine delivering 100 PS peak power, 215 Nm of torque and fuel economy of 26.1 kmpl. Both engines are paired with an all-new five-speed manual transmission that’s sportier and fun-to-drive and almost 15 per cent lighter which helps improve fuel economy while reducing NVH. Requiring 40 per cent less gear oil than its predecessor results in slicker, more responsive gear shifts. Offering greater choice, Ford is introducing its latest six-speed Automatic Transmission on the New Ford Aspire. Paired to the latest 1.5L Petrol, three-cylinder engine, the Automatic New Ford Aspire delivers a peak power of 123 PS. According to Ford, all three engines will be the most powerful in their respective categories. Continuing Ford’s leadership in safety, the New Ford Aspire compact sedan will offer standard dual airbags across the variant line-up and up to six airbags on top Titanium+ trim, along with several features to enhance occupant safety such as Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) helping drivers get a better grip while keeping the drive smooth. The New Ford Aspire will enable its owners to navigate quick turns and bends with Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS). In Automatic Transmission, the Hill-Launch Assist feature will ensure greater control on inclines. The New Ford Aspire features Ford’s in-car infotainment system, SYNC 3 with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, allowing drivers to control their entertainment and connected smartphone using voice commands. SYNC 3 system is Apple CarPlay & Android Auto compatible and will allow drivers to use navigation through their Apple CarPlay or Android Auto paired phones. The SYNC 3 system will offer Emergency Assistance, a potentially lifesaving technology that automatically calls emergency services from a paired phone in case of an accident.
Published in Kolkata on WHEELS: October 2018