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

  • 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.  


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. 


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.  


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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