2020 Ford Aspire BS6 has been launched at a lower price than the BS4 model but misses out on the excellent SYNC3 infotainment unit
The upcoming BS6 emission norm that would come into effect from April 1, 2020, has had all the manufacturers on their toes in order to update their products. In line with this, Ford recently launched the BS6 Ecosport and now, it has launched the updated version of Maruti Dzire and Hyundai Aura-rivalling Aspire. The first batch of cars have already started arriving at the dealerships and the recently revealed price list shows that the new model is cheaper than the BS4 version.
Prices of the 2020 Ford Aspire start at Rs 5.99 lakh* and go all the way to Rs 7.44 lakh* for the top-spec petrol variant and Rs 8.34 lakh* for the top-of-the-line diesel variant. This is a significant drop from the BS4 counterpart, as previously, the top-end Titanium+ trim commanded Rs 7.82 lakh* for petrol and Rs 8.62 lakh* for the diesel model. The price of the entry-level model is mostly unchanged as the base petrol motor has got dearer only by a marginal Rs 1,000. Also, the company has introduced a new no-frills diesel variant that has been developed keeping the fleet owners in mind. It costs Rs 7.07 lakh*.
So far, it has been seen that the introduction of the BS6 powerplants has resulted in a price hike of concerned vehicles. This price increment generally ranges from a few thousands to even over a lakh for pricier models. However, Ford India has set a reverse trend by launching the BS6 version of its Maruti Dzire-rival at lower prices than before. This has been made possible through omission of some of the premium features. With the launch of the latest iteration, the Aspire has lost the excellent SYNC-3 touchscreen infotainment unit. Cosmetically, the car remains unchanged, except for wearing new design alloy wheels.
The 2020 Ford Aspire is available with two BS6-compliant engine options- 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel. The more powerful 1.5-litre petrol unit that was available with a 6-speed automatic transmission has been axed with the advent of the latest upgrade. The smaller petrol engine, however, delivers a segment-best power of 96PS and a peak torque of 119Nm. The oil-burner delivers 100PS and 215Nm. A 5-speed manual unit is the only transmission option available on both the engine variants.
With the BS-6 update, Ford Aspire will miss out on SYNC-3 infotainment system.
Also, worth mentioning here is that while the 2020 Aspire misses out on the excellent SYNC-3 infotainment unit, it continues to be sold with up to 6 airbags, automatic headlamps, electrochromic mirror, rain-sensing wipers, push-button start and the Fly-sourced touchscreen unit. Moreover, the compact sedan comes with a standard 3-year or 100,000 km warranty.