American auto giant Ford is bracing up to launch the new Blu edition of its compact sedan Aspire in India. The Ford Aspire got a refresh in October last year in order to fight better in the highly competitive Indian car market. The upcoming Ford Aspire Blu edition was caught testing on road sometime back, and the variant has been spotted again very recently. The latest set of spy pictures of the Aspire Blu edition has been splashed online, after the test prototype model of the car was spotted going around its road test schedule near Ahmedabad, close to the company’s Sanand manufacturing facility.
The latest sighting of the Aspire Blu edition indicates that Ford India is preparing to launch the special edition model of the compact sedan soon. It is expected to hit the car market of India by mid-2019.
Similar to most special editions, the new upcoming Ford Aspire ‘Blu’ edition has the same basic styling as that of the stock Aspire range. However, being a special edition, it also gets endowed with some styling elements. The special edition model flaunts a big and prominent ‘Blu’ logos on the sides of the car as well as on the boot lid. The wing mirrors of the car have been given a black finish, while the roof also gets a black colour in gloss finish. The Blu edition also boasts a set of sporty looking black alloy wheels and black inserts on the front grille as well, but all these changes can’t be seen in the spy images.
Although the cabin of the car has not been spied yet, it is thought that the Blu edition will be sporting similar changes on the inside as well. The sporty and classy black theme is expected all over the cabin of the special edition compact sedan, which might also include piano black inserts. A new upholstery and seat covers with the ‘Blu’ inscription might also be offered. The new ‘Blu’ edition will be essentially based on the top of the range Titanium trim. Hence, the Blu edition is expected to offer all the good features that are available in the top-end Aspire variant. Moreover, as the Blu edition might be sitting right at the top of the Ford Aspire lineup and come at an additional premium, the company is most likely to endow it with a few added features as well to make the package more enticing.
The Ford Aspire Blu edition is expected to be offered in both the 99 bhp 1.5L turbocharged diesel motor and the 94 bhp 1.2L petrol engine options, with no changes. The engines are paired with a 5 speed manual transmission gearbox.
The Ford Aspire is a very capable sub-4 meter compact sedan model. However, its sales haven’t been very impressive in the car market of India, where it fights with the all-time segment leader Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Zest and the likes. Hopefully, the Blu special edition will attract some additional buyers for the Aspire. The Aspire’s hatchback twin - Figo was also recently spotted testing wearing a Blu insignia.