2017 Ford Aspire Sports Edition
Ford Motors India introduced the Figo Aspire Sports edition last Monday along with the Figo Sports hatchback. Now we already have informed you about the hatchback, and the changes it has received the sedan variant based on the same hatchback, on the other hand, received its unique styling.
Besides getting some cosmetic enhancement, the Aspire Sports edition also received a tuned suspension setup for better handling. Fortunately, these are not dealer level enhancement and have been done entirely at the Ford’s Sanand, Gujarat workshop.
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2017 Ford Figo S
Ford launched the new generation, Figo, back in 2015 which replaced the old Figo in India. Offered with a whole new platform and three drivetrain options which include two petrol and a single diesel engine option. The new generation Figo became a hit amongst the crowd because it offered plenty within the package infact this is the only small hatchback which also provides a total of 6 airbags for the safety of the passengers inside.
According to the recent report, Ford Figo is all set to get a Sports edition which will most probably be termed Figo S. The new S
sports variant will launch later this month, the Figo S will be based on the top end Titanium Plus variant. The Figo S won’t get any mechanical changes though but expect it to feature plenty of cosmetic updates to both its exterior as well as interior.
Update 17.04.2017: - Ford launched the Sportier, Trendier and Fun to Drive Figo Sport in India today. The prices and other details have been updated in this overview
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6 New Cars Launching in The Month Of April-May 2017
We started the year 2017 on a positive note, in the past three months car enthusiasts have seen plenty of new launches from some of the renowned manufacturers. The car sales too have gone up which definitely is also good news for the car manufacturers.
Below provided are the list of cars which will be launching within the next two months in India. We must inform you that there are plenty of exciting cars which are entering the Indian market and we have thus differentiated all these cars according to their price and segment.
5 Quick Points About The Soon To Be Launched Ford Figo & Aspire Sport Models
It’s still not official yet, but Ford will be launching a Sportier variant of their existing hatchback Figo and compact sedan Figo Aspire soon in India. This slightly sportier variant of the hatchback and compact sedan will go on sale as a special edition model. The car was recently also spotted at a dealership which clearly showed that the car had received some cosmetic updates to its exterior.
The Figo Sport although won’t receive any mechanical changes under the hood and thus both the Figo hatchback and the Figo Aspire sedan will continue to be offered with three engine options under the hood including two petrol and a diesel mill.
Below provided are 5 quick points that you need to know about the upcoming Ford Figo hatch and Figo Aspire Sports sedan
5 Of The Most Powerful Budget Hatchbacks You Can Buy Under 10 Lakh
Hatchbacks were never meant to be powerful they were made to carry a 4 or 5 person from one place to another without much of hustle in bumper to bumper City traffic where space is limited. They are also meant to be fuel efficient and economical at the same time. However, in recent years the idea of hatchback seems to be changing people have now moved on from their humble Maruti 800 and budget hatchback concept and eager to embrace something new. As a result of all that we have seen plenty of new small cars with powerful engines under the hood recently.
Below provided is the list of 5 of the most powerful budget hatchbacks available in the Indian market.
5 Budget Hatchbacks With Best On Board Safety Features
Safety has always been one of the top priorities of Indian customers recently keeping in mind the fact that Indian roads are perhaps the most treacherous roads of the world. Now, this is not exactly a new topic because many of the Indian automotive websites already has covered the subject in the past including us (Read our top 5 budget safe cars in India here). But time has changed, and now Indian automakers along with the Indian Government are trying hard to make the Indian roads as well as the cars safe.
Now almost all the Indian Auto manufacturers provide airbags for the safety of the front passengers while some other high-tech safety equipment like ABS, EBD, and ESC are now gradually being included in some of the budget cars of India as well. So below provided are the list of 5 budget cars which gets almost all the safety features on board which makes them some of the safest cars available in the Indian market today.
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Best Of 5 Series: 5 Most Fuel Efficient Diesel Hatchbacks (Part III)
If you have gone through our part II of the best of 5 series list of articles then you will surely find some common cars here in this article as well.
Fuel efficiency has always been the top priority of Indian customers when it comes to buying Automobiles. The Term "Kitna Deti Hai" is common now for almost all the Automobile buyers who have also prompted the Automakers doing their bit in making their present as well as future products as much fuel efficient as they can.
When we talk about Indian Auto market, we speak of budget and economical cars meant for average Indian buyers. Hatchbacks have always been an important part and parcel of average budget frenzy Indian car buyers and why they won’t be? Let’s face the facts here they are compact, easily manoeuvrable in City traffic, not hard to maintain so there you have it.
Now is it worth buying a diesel hatchback in today’s Indian market where the petrol and diesel prices have almost levelled. The answer is WHY NOT? Do not forget the fact that the diesel vehicles still definitely are more fuel efficient than the petrol cars and although the prices of the fuel have gone up Diesel is still cheaper than fuel by some amount.
So keeping all those facts aside now let us dig straight into our topic here which says 5 most fuel efficient Budget hatchbacks.
Tata Tigor Vs Rivals
Tata launched their compact sedan the Tigor yesterday in India, and surprisingly the car not only looks good but also is priced quite competitively as well. But does it have everything to compete with some of its already established rivals who have been ruling the Compact sedan of India for quite some time now Well, let’s find out?
The Tata Tigor is the compact sedan variant based on their popular Tiago hatchback and like you all already know it was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo as a concept. But now that it’s finally launched here we can surely provide you all with the facts and figures. But before we just go into anything else let us inform you that the car uses the same but slightly modified XO platform which also underpins the Tiago hatchback. As far as the drivetrains are concerned the compact sedan shares the same petrol and diesel units with the Tiago hatchback. So before we dig deep into the facts let us also inform you that the TIgor hasn’t received any option of an AMT yet and thus both the powertrains are paired to a 5-speed manual transmission.
The Tigor competes directly with the Honda Amaze, Maruti Suzuki DSWift Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Ford Figo Aspire and the Volkswagen Ameo So without any further due let us get straight into the spec comparison of the Tigor vs. its rivals.
Best of 5 Series: 5 Budget Cars Equipped With Touchscreen Infotainment System (Part II)
Yesterday, we started our best of 5 series article list, and we also have informed that we will try to bring you five different interesting topics related to car’s each day for the next five days. (You can read our first topic of the best of 5 series by clicking the link here) Today we have decided to inform you about five budget cars which feature a touchscreen infotainment system.
The ‘Touchscreen infotainment system’ is the latest luxury gadget that the auto manufacturers fit in their cars. Although, there are not plenty of cars which get this feature but still Auto manufacturers know that people love operating touchscreen provided infotainment system in their cars.
The modern touchscreen infotainment system which replaces the standard car stereos mostly combines music players, reverse cameras, car data and navigation. Now the touchscreen featured in some budget cars might not have highly responsive touch sensitive screens like the ones fitted in some premium cars and thus takes some time and patience to operate. As a result of that, the driver might even have to take their eyes off the road to operate these systems and put their fingers in the right place on the screen to work it. Although it may not be safe still people loves this new feature because it adds the premium feel inside the cabin.
So, now that we explained all the positive and negative bits of a touchscreen infotainment system let us now get straight to the point.
List of Cars Best Suited For Hardcore Travellers
In recent years, the words like ‘travel’ and ‘roadtrips’ have become much more synonymous than ever before. The new generation of Indians is now much open to the idea of travelling, and that too on four wheels by enrolling the concept of drive and reach, to make their journeys much more memorable. Thankfully, the cut-throat competition among all the manufacturers has resulted into some cars which make perfect sense and match with the idea of road trips. For falling under this category of vehicles, the primary requirements of a car are the spacious and well-thought cabin, powertrain options punchy enough to breathe comfortably for long miles and a ride quality which is plush sufficiently to keep the people inside the cabin as free of fatigue as possible.
In this feature story, we are pointing and throwing some light on all such cars made for mass market buyers which fulfil all the requirements mentioned above to call themselves the best cars with which you can write new travel stories and memories. Following is a category-wise list of all such cars which are best suited for travel lovers, which ranges from an entry-level mini hatchback and going all the way up to a full-fledged SUV.
10 Most Fun To Drive Hatchbacks In India
We Indians buy cars for a variety of reasons. Some buy for only ferrying themselves and their family members and friends from point A to point B, some buy for fulfilling their business purposes. However, there is one section of buyers in India, which buys car for the pure driving pleasure and to fulfill their craving and love for automobiles. They drive cars to enjoy every bit of it - the way the engine kicks down, the way the gears shift with precision, the way the steering handles with a certain perfection. There are very few such cars which fulfill these requirements and wishes of driving enthusiasts of India, for the market is more tilted towards making feature rich and fuel efficient cars
However, there exist some budget hatchbacks which do fulfill the aforementioned criteria of giving a thrilling experience every time its driver is behind its steering wheel. Some cars are purposely built to give a focused driver’s appeal, while some of them have unknowingly became the cars which are more targeted towards functionality, general appeal and fuel efficiency. Following is a list of ten such hatchbacks in the Indian mass market for cars, which are made for those driving enthusiasts which do not have pockets deep enough to splurge on a proper sportscar, but then these cars are worthy enough to be fun to drive as well as practical at the same time. Here you go:-
The List Of Ten Exciting Budget Cars Which No One Actually Buys Anymore
Every car manufacturer has the core aim of only one thing – to sell as much cars as possible and position itself as a strong player. With this aim, they seldom produce cars which although being groundbreaking on most of the aspects, fail to click in the minds of the customers. This happens with almost every manufacturer at one point of time or the other. Blame it for the wrong pricing, bad timing or simply bad luck, there are some products which fall under this category.
In this feature story, we are going to take a look on ten such cars which unfortunately are selling in less numbers despite being great products in one aspect or the other. Following is a list of those ten cars which deserve to sell more for the great products they are:-
The Endeavour Now Features Ford’s Latest In-Car Technology SYNC 3 System
Ford did debut their latest voice activated in-car technology SYNC 3 system today. The in car infotainment system which was unveiled internationally in the year 2014 finally made its India debut on Ford’s flagship SUV offering the Endeavour.
Ford’s latest in car infotainment technology enables both Android and Apple users to access their phones messages, audio calls safely. Apart from all these some of the other new features include seamless integration of AppLink which helps to access the phones apps easily. There is also Siri Eyes-Free capability for Apple iPhone and software updates via Wi-Fi.
The SYNC3 system was the first system which featured voice activation to control the Smartphone features. It additionally also provides potentially lifesaving Emergency Assistance system which automatically calls the emergency services like Ambulance or a fire brigade in the event of an accident when the airbags are deployed. This has actually helped save lives in the past.
The SYNC system helps the drivers to keep their eyes and attention on the road whiles their hands on the steering wheel.
The SYNC 3 infotainment system will be available only on Ford Endeavours top-end Titanium trim level as of now, priced at INR 27,93,000 (ex-showroom Delhi) for the 4X2 automatic model and INR 30,89,000 (ex-showroom Delhi) for the 4X4 automatic model.
What Just Happened Here! Ford Mustang Received 2 Stars In Euro NCAP Crash Test
To everyone’s surprise Ford Mustang actually scored just 2 stars at the recently conducted Euro NCAP crash test. This also happens to be the lowest score received by a renowned manufacturer since the year 2008.
The Mustang Coupe scored really badly at the frontal offset test, while the dummies get good protection of the knees and femurs while later after further analysis it was revealed that the driver’s head had ’bottomed out’ the airbag which means that the airbag did not provided adequate space pressure to the airbag thus resulting the dummies head hitting the steering wheel, while the side passengers head collided with the dashboard all because of the insufficient inflation of the dashboard. This is the reason why the scores of the front crash were penalized. The front passenger’s protection was good but the chest protection was adequate in full width rigid barrier test. The rear seat passengers on the other hand slipped under the lap portion of the seatbelt thus compromising on the safety of e knee, femur and pelvis body region thus resulting in weak score.
The Tests on the front seats and head restraints also demonstrated a marginal level of protection against any whiplash injury during the event of a rear-end collision. The current generation which is one sale is also not equipped with an autonomous emergency braking (AEB). The 10 year old dummy which sat on the booster cushion which gave the occupant limited rear space. In the frontal offset test protection of the 10 year old dummy was rated as the least adequate. In the side barrier test the safety ratings of the dummy was good but the head protection was not adequate.
2017 Ford Ecosport Platinum Edition
Ford India today introduced the Ecosport Platinum Edition in India today. This new compact SUV not only getssome technology ugrades but few cosmetic updates as well. The Ecosport compact SUV has been here in the Indian market for quite some time now and while its other rivals has received quite a few updates recently Ford has decided not to make any major changes to their popular compact SUV. Now when we all thought that Ford will introduce the new facelift variant of the Ecosport which was showcased at the New York Auto show last year Ford has instead decided to update the current variant and sell it as the 2017 model until and unless the new Coimpact SUV is launched in India.
The Ecosport Platinum Edition as already mentioned above gets few cosmetic as well some technological updates as well.
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2017 Ford Ecosport Spotted With New Touchscreen System
We already have shared the information that Ford will be launching an updated 2017 variant of the existing Ecosport in India before they actually bring in the facelift variant of the compact SUV which was showcased at the 2016 New York Auto show towards the end of this year.
We also have reported that the My 2017 Ecosport Titanium+ variant exclusively will get a completely new 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system for the very first time which will be an upgrade from the current unit. Today we have got our hands on some spy images of the updated 2017 Ecosport variant which were clicked by Mr. Nagaraj Muthuswamy of Ford EcoSport Owners & Fans Facebook page.
The completely new touchscreen infotainment system gets integrated with features like satellite navigation system, DVD player, Door Ajar warning. While the Screen also doubles up and projects images when the rear view camera is active.
Apart from the touchscreen infotainment system MY 2017 Ecosport also sports a new and chunky 17 inch alloy wheels which has been borrowed from the Ecosport sold in the other International markets. The new wheels also get wrapped with 205/50/R17 rubber. However expect these new set of wheels to also be exclusive to the top end Titanium+ variant only.
Unfortunately Ford India has actually decided to delete some of the features which were available with the current Ecosport in this new 2017 variant. The list of features includes driver seat armrest, cooled glove box, leather-wrapped handbrake and gear shift knob etc.