Ford the American automobile manufacturer has decided to discontinue the base Diesel variants of its most affordable cars like Ford Figo, Aspire, and Freestyle. News reports clarifying the reason behind this step is the low to moderate demand of these variants in the Indian market, as people opting for the diesel version of these cars demands more than just the mere base feature so the demand has remained fairly low. This decision of discontinuing the base diesel variant of the affordable cars has made the entry-level variant of these affordable cars costlier and anyone thinking to opt for these variants now will have to spend a little more to do so, although, the petrol variant of these cars remains unaltered.
Many carmakers are turning their backs on the diesel versions for their Hatchback and sub-4-meter sedans reason being the demands staying fairly low as compared to the petrol version of the same models. Ford was one of the few carmakers that still offered the diesel versions on their affordable cars, and the company still hasn’t abandoned the audience desiring for the same, but with a catch of higher price and better features.
Let’s see the specifications for the discontinued models.
All these discontinued models packed the same engine specs, the 1.5-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine capable of producing 99bhp of power and 215Nm of torque, coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. The company still provides the same petrol engine of 1.2-litre coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox that can produce up to 95bhp and 119Nm
The upper variant now available in diesel packs some more features compared to the discontinued variant like an addition of touchscreen for the infotainment system, automatic climate control, and front fog light, all other specs still remain the same.