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Re: Ford developing a small car (B563) for India & emerging markets

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2018 Ford Aspire (facelift) spied in China, interior exposed
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- Sagar Parikh - Mar 12, 2018

Ford is working on a facelift for the Ford Aspire. Recently, the facelifted Ford Aspire was spied in China, a market where the current pre-facelift model is not sold.

Ford makes two versions of Ford Aspire, one with a 4,254 mm-long body and one with a 3,995 mm-long body. The latter was developed specifically for India, where petrol and diesel cars with length not exceeding 4,000 mm attract only 1% compensation cess as opposed to 17% or 20% if the length over 4,000 mm. China will most likely get the longer version.

The facelifted Ford Aspire features a Ford Mondeo Vignale-inspired hexagonal mesh grille at the front. Inside, it gets a redesigned centre console similar to that of the Ford Freestyle, with the 6.5-inch SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With the incorporation of this new system, thereís a noticeable reduction in the number of buttons, giving the interior a cleaner and more modern styling. Ford has changed the place of the USB port and equipped the model with two of them.

The current Ford Aspire is available in India with three four-cylinder engines: 1.2L Ti-VCT petrol, 1.5L Ti-VCT petrol and 1.5L TDCi diesel. While the diesel engine may continue as is, the 1.2L and 1.5L petrol engines may get replaced by the new 1.2L and 1.5L three-cylinder petrol engines from the Ford Freestyle and Ford EcoSport respectively.

Originating from the Dragon engine family, the new 1.2L petrol engine produces 96 PS and 120 Nm of torque in the Freestyle and the new 1.5L petrol engine develops 100 PS and 205 Nm of torque in the EcoSport. Ford may offer the former with the MX65 5-speed manual transmission made by Getrag and the latter with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The 2018 Ford Aspire is expected to go on sale in India in the second half of the year. Ford is working on a pure electric variant of the Ford Aspire as well for our market, but that is based on full-size version. China will get the new Ford Aspire in summer next year, as a Changan Ford joint venture product.

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Re: Ford developing a small car (B563) for India & emerging markets

So many names for the same car, Aspire/Figo/Ikon/Freestyle
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dunno if there's a more recent-or-appropriate thread...

2018 Ford Aspire (facelift) spied in China, interior exposed
IndianAutoBlog
- Sagar Parikh - Mar 12, 2018

Ford is working on a facelift for the Ford Aspire. Recently, the facelifted Ford Aspire was spied in China, a market where the current pre-facelift model is not sold.

Ford makes two versions of Ford Aspire, one with a 4,254 mm-long body and one with a 3,995 mm-long body. The latter was developed specifically for India, where petrol and diesel cars with length not exceeding 4,000 mm attract only 1% compensation cess as opposed to 17% or 20% if the length over 4,000 mm. China will most likely get the longer version.

The facelifted Ford Aspire features a Ford Mondeo Vignale-inspired hexagonal mesh grille at the front. Inside, it gets a redesigned centre console similar to that of the Ford Freestyle, with the 6.5-inch SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With the incorporation of this new system, there’s a noticeable reduction in the number of buttons, giving the interior a cleaner and more modern styling. Ford has changed the place of the USB port and equipped the model with two of them.

The current Ford Aspire is available in India with three four-cylinder engines: 1.2L Ti-VCT petrol, 1.5L Ti-VCT petrol and 1.5L TDCi diesel. While the diesel engine may continue as is, the 1.2L and 1.5L petrol engines may get replaced by the new 1.2L and 1.5L three-cylinder petrol engines from the Ford Freestyle and Ford EcoSport respectively.

Originating from the Dragon engine family, the new 1.2L petrol engine produces 96 PS and 120 Nm of torque in the Freestyle and the new 1.5L petrol engine develops 100 PS and 205 Nm of torque in the EcoSport. Ford may offer the former with the MX65 5-speed manual transmission made by Getrag and the latter with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The 2018 Ford Aspire is expected to go on sale in India in the second half of the year. Ford is working on a pure electric variant of the Ford Aspire as well for our market, but that is based on full-size version. China will get the new Ford Aspire in summer next year, as a Changan Ford joint venture product.
As expected, the sedan will get the same general updates as the recently revealed facelifted Ford Ka Plus (Figo).


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So many names for the same car, Aspire/Figo/Ikon/Freestyle
I believe the "Ikon" name is no longer used by Ford.

Names:

Hatchback: Ka (South America), Ka Plus (Europe), Figo (India and some export markets)

Sub-4-meter Sedan: Aspire (India specific)

Sedan: Ka Sedan (South America), Figo Sedan (Made in India for export markets)

CUV Hatchback: Freestyle (India), Ka Plus Active (Europe), Ka Freestyle (South America)

South America and Europe stick with the "Ka" name since it's already established in those markets.
India stick to the Figo name since it replaces the 1st gen Figo there.
Europe adopts the "Active" name instead of "Freestyle" to fit in with the new range of European "Active" crossover models like the recently unveiled Fiesta Active.
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Re: Ford developing a small car (B563) for India & emerging markets

I wouldn't be surprised if this so called "baby Bronco" mule turns out to be the mule for the next EcoSport (or whatever it's called).

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The 2nd gen EcoSport mule back in 2010/11 was also using a Fiesta body.
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Those wheels have 5 lugs unlike the Fiesta and EcoSport. EcoSport is currently the only SUV/Crossover to use a 4-lug design. It's possible the Maverick is B-Segment based but I just hope this is a replacement for EcoSport.
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Re: Ford developing a small car (B563) for India & emerging markets

wonder if 5 lugs:
-- are cuz electrics (can) cause more torque-stress
-- PROVE the mysteryMaverick is the EcoSpurt replacement

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Those wheels have 5 lugs unlike the Fiesta and EcoSport. EcoSport is currently the only SUV/Crossover to use a 4-lug design. It's possible the Maverick is B-Segment based but I just hope this is a replacement for EcoSport.
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wonder if 5 lugs:
-- are cuz electrics (can) cause more torque-stress
-- PROVE the mysteryMaverick is the EcoSpurt replacement
Ford's new subcompact SUV will most likely (logically) use a B-segment car platform.

I think Ford can easily upgrade to 5-lug hubs even if it's based on a platform of a car with 4-lugs. Other carmakers have done this, here are some examples:
Look at the Mazda CX-3 which is based on the Mazda 2, same platform, but the crossover has 5-lugs, while the car has 4-lugs.
Mazda CX-3


Mazda 2 (aka Toyota Yaris iA in the US)


Another example is the Kia Soul (5-lugs) which is built on the same platform as the previous Rio (4-lugs).



PS: Did you guys know the Asian Fiesta uses Mazda 2 hubs with a different PCD (spacing between bolts) compared to the European and North American Fiesta? 4x100 vs 4x108.

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