The car, which will hit the market in August, will challenge compact sedans like Honda Amaze, Tata Zest and Hyundai Xcent. Ford India officials said the car - created specifically for India - will have smart technology, advanced safety features and powerful and efficient engines.

Ford India president Nigel Harris said the car was the first sub-four-metre sedan in India with up to six airbags, including side and curtain airbags. The Figo Aspire will be made available in three engine options - two petrol and one diesel - with two transmission options to choose from. The petrol range comprises a 1.2-litre and a 1.5-litre unit whereas the diesel models will come powered by a 1.5-litre engine.

The Figo Aspire, the first car to roll out from Ford's new plant in Gujarat's Sanand, will give owners fuel economy, the Ford India chief said.

The Figo Aspire is also equipped with SYNC with AppLink, Ford's advanced in-car connectivity system, and has a secret side compartment, only accessible when the driver's door is open. It can be used to store valuables. SYNC with AppLink allows drivers to control their phone, entertainment and apps hands-free using simple voice commands.

If the vehicle experiences a serious collision, Emergency Assistance uses SYNC and a Bluetooth-paired phone to automatically call emergency responders and provide information about the vehicle and location.