Ford Figo Aspire 3

This is the new Ford Figo Aspire, a new sub-four metre sedan that’s made its debut in the Indian market. Essentially a booted version of the A-segment Ford Ka, it has finally gone into production after being previewed in February 2014 at the Delhi Auto Expo as the Ford Figo Concept.

The development of sedans shorter than four metres in length are driven by the Indian market because of duty structures that favour cars shorter than four metres. This results in all kinds of strange looking cars like a Suzuki Swift sedan of all things, but the Ford Figo Aspire actually manages to look balanced, relatively.

MyFord Dock

The Ford Figo Aspire features a device dock which allows the driver to store, mount and charge mobile phones, MP3 players and satellite navigation systems, and to integrate these devices into the car’s entertainment system. There’s also SYNC with AppLink as an option.

Engine options include a 1.5 litre TDCI turbodiesel which is a must for India, and a 1.2 litre Ti-VCT petrol. Safety-wise, the Figo Aspire comes with driver and passenger airbags as standard, but in what Ford says is a first for a small car in India, there’s the option for side and curtain airbags, taking the airbag count up to six.

Ford Figo Aspire 2

It won’t be limited to India – Ford says the new Sanand plant in Gujarat, India where the Figo Aspire will be built will also export variants of the car globally.