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EXCLUSIVE: Ford Figo, Aspire Automatic Variants Discontinued In India


Ford could introduce the automatic gearbox in the BS6-compliant 1.2-litre petrol variants in the future

 

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  • The Figo/Aspire AT came with a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a 6-speed torque converter.
  • The AT on both models were available in a single Titanium variant only.
  • Ford could introduce the AT with the 1.2-litre Dragon petrol engine in both models.

Ford India has discontinued the Figo and Aspire automatic variants in India. As per a leaked document, bookings have been stopped across India for the AT variants. Interestingly, the document also states, ‘The New AT will be a subject of a future communication’. This could mean that Ford India may introduce the automatic variants with a new engine at a later date. Also, the Deep Impact Blue and Absolute Black shade won’t be available in the MY2020 models.  

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The Figo/Aspire AT will be dropped from the official website on January 15. Both models are available in the Titanium trim only. It comes with the rev-happy 1.5-litre Dragon petrol engine that’s found under the hood of the EcoSport as well. It develops 123PS of power, 150Nm of torque, and comes mated to a 6-speed torque converter. The reason for discontinuation of the AT variant in both models is yet to be known. 

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Ford India might introduce the automatic transmission in the 1.2-litre petrol variants. It would make sense as the smaller engine will sit in a lower tax bracket and could help Ford position both models aggressively in terms of price. The 1.2-litre Dragon petrol engine currently develops 96PS of power and 120Nm of torque. It remains to be seen if Ford utilises the 6-speed torque converter in the future for both models.  

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The Figo AT is priced at Rs 7.70 lakh while the Aspire AT is priced at Rs 9.10 lakh (both prices, ex-showroom). The hatchback rivals the Maruti Suzuki Swift and Hyundai Grand i10 Nios. Meanwhile, the sub-4 metre sedan locks horns with the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Volkswagen Ameo, and the upcoming Hyundai Aura.

 

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