2020 Ford Figo BS6 (and Aspire BS6) reaches dealerships with new alloy wheels ahead of launch.
Ford India has not been doing particularly well on the sales charts in recent times, but is committed to updating its portfolio for the new decade. The American-origin brand has already launched the Ford EcoSport BS6 earlier this year at a starting price of Rs 8.04 lakh ex-showroom.
The company intends to launch the 2020 versions of the Ford Figo, Aspire and Freestyle before BS6 emission norms come into effect in April. Now, certain dealerships have started getting hold of the new BS6 Figo and Aspire ahead of their official introduction. Compared to the outgoing BS4 models (for which you may be able to get a good deal now), the 2020 BS6-compliant Ford Figo and Aspire come with minimal changes.
Both the hatchback and compact-sedan get a new set of 15-inch four-spoke alloy wheels. There are no noticeable differences on the inside except for the fact that Ford India will not be offering the premium SYNC3 infotainment system in any variant of either car. It is yet to be known if the 2020 Ford Freestyle BS6 would also miss out on SYNC3 since the cross-hatch is a tad more premium than the Figo and Aspire.
Ford India has already started testing the BS6 Freestyle on public roads and we have shared a few spy shots of the same recently. Just like in the case of the updated Figo and Aspire, the 2020 Ford Freestyle BS6 does not carry any noticeable changes to the exterior design.
All the three small Ford products that were derived from the brand’s B562 platform come in both petrol and diesel formats. In the current BS4 format, the 1.2-litre NA three-cylinder Dragon series petrol engine makes 95bhp and 120Nm of torque; the highest output for a 1,200cc non-turbo petrol car in India. On the other hand, the 1.5-litre TDCi four-cylinder diesel mill is good for 99bhp and 215Nm of torque.
In the new BS6 avatar, the output figures might drop a bit due to the extensive modifications done to the engine as well as the exhaust system to meet the stringent emission standards. Both engines come mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and there are no signs of getting an automatic variant anytime soon.
The Ford Figo and Aspire face strong rivalry from popular products from the house of Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai and Tata Motors. On the other hand, the Ford Freestyle has only got the Hyundai i20 Active and Toyota Etios Cross as its direct rivals.