Mangaluru: Elegantly designed new 'Ford Aspire' car unveiled in city


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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (ANK)

Mangaluru, Oct 6: Indian saxophonist and Padma Shree awardee Kadri Gopalnath and well-known orthopedic surgeon Dr Deepak Rai unveiled new 'Ford Aspire' car here at Hotel Ocean Pearl on Friday, October 5.

Divisional operations manager Vijay Sarathi explained the features of Ford Aspire. Senior sales manager marketing Umesh Moolya welcomed the gathering.



























Senior general manager sales and marketing Rajesh Shetty was also present.

Avil Cutinha compered the programme.

Engine and transmission

The 2018 Ford Aspire, like the pre-facelift model, will come with two petrol and one diesel engine option. Both the petrol engines are from the new dragon series - the 1.2-litre three-cylinder unit that was introduced with the Freestyle, and the 1.5-litre three-cylinder unit that was introduced with the EcoSport facelift. The former makes about 95 bhp and develops 120 Nm of peak torque, while the bigger 1.5-litre unit offers 123 bhp and 150 Nm of torque. The 1.2-litre unit comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard, while the latter comes equipped with the 6-speed torque converter.

The diesel variants of the car will come with the tried and tested 1.5-litre TDCI engine that powered pre-facelift model. The 1498 cc, four-cylinder oil burner makes 99 bhp at 3750 rpm and develops 215 Nm of peak torque between 1750 to 3000 rpm. The diesel engine comes paired with the same 5-speed manual gearbox as standard.

Safety features

The safety features include dual front airbags and ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, and seatbelt reminder for driver and front passenger as standard across the variant range. The higher variants get rear parking camera and perimeter alarm, while the top-end model gets six airbags and emergency assistance, while the AT petrol trim gets, hill launch assist, electronic stability programme, and traction control system.

More features and equipment

The top-end variant comes with Ford's popular SYNC3 infotainment system equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with emergency assistance. The lower-spec variants - Trend+ and Titanium trims get a 7-inch basic touchscreen display with embedded navigation, bluetooth, audio FM + USB. Other features include rain-sensing wipers, push-button start, automatic headlamps, automatic climate control, and more.

Elegantly designed to look stylish from every angle, New Ford Aspire features redesigned front and rear, bigger spoked alloys for a plush and premium stance. Ford's fun to drive credentials to be reinforced with new 1.2 L petrol and the trusted 1.5 L diesel engine, both paired to an all-new 5 speed manual transmission.

Substantial value on offer with segment first 5 year/ 100,000 KM warranty in addition to surprisingly affordable ownership cost. Segment best connectivity and safety including Ford's award winning SYNC 3 paired to a high resolution, 6.5 inch touch screen and up to six airbags.

The price starts for New Ford Aspire starts from Rs 5, 55,000 up to Rs 8, 49,000 for petrol, while diesel starts from Rs 6, 45,000 up to Rs 8, 14,000.

  

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