American auto major, Ford has revealed the India made Ford Figo and Aspire facelift models in South Africa. Ford offered a preview of the updated Figo hatchback in February this year, when it unveiled the Ka+ facelift in the European market. However, Ford has revealed sedan version of the car for the very first time. The South Africa version of the Ford Aspire is slightly different than the India-spec model, as it is longer while India will be getting the same sub-4 meter version in order to avail tax benefits. Nevertheless, the South Africa-spec and the India-spec models should look very similar just like the pre-facelift versions.
When the styling updates are concerned, the new refreshed Ford Figo compact hatchback gets an updated front fascia that looks similar to that of the new Ford Freestyle, which is essentially the crosshatch version of the Figo. And, the new refreshed Aspire subcompact sedan gets a face that is identical to its hatchback twin, just like the outgoing model.
The South African version of the Figo that has been revealed is a mid-spec Trend model trim. The Figo hatch is not offered for sale in the top of the range Titanium variants in South Africa, and also lacks some premium as well as safety equipments that the European-spec model offers.
Moreover, the South Africa-spec Figo hatch and Aspire sedan get smaller 14 inch wheels and also without any chrome décor. The SA models also don’t offer the new 6.5 inch SYNC3 infotainment system that the Euro-spec Figo facelift and the Indian Freestyle get. However, the SYNC3 infotainment system along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support should make it in the India-spec Figo and Aspire facelift.
The India-spec Figo and Ford Aspire in their top-end Titanium variants are expected to get endowed with dual tone 15 inch machined alloy wheels as well as chrome styling elements like the Euro-spec model, while Aspire facelift should also get larger wheels.
In India, the updated Figo and Aspire models will also get a new 3 cylinder 1.2L petrol engine from Ford’s Dragon engine series that debuted in India on the Freestyle. This 1.2L unit that offers 96 PS and 120 Nm is the most powerful naturally aspirated petrol engine in its class in India. The cars’ diesel versions will get powered by the same 1.5L diesel motor as the outgoing model. The current 5 speed manual transmission will also be replaced by a new MX65 5 speed manual transmission as standard on both the fuel versions. On the other hand, the automatic transmission unit is not certain at the moment, but a new 6 speed torque converter automatic is expected on both the Figo and Aspire.
The updated new Ford Figo and Aspire are expected to get unveiled in the car market of India in the next couple of months. The Aspire sedan is likely to get introduced first, followed by its Figo hatch sibling. The Ford Figo duo’s facelift versions are expected to boost the American car maker’s sales in India.