|Fuel Type||Engine Capacity||Transmission Type||Power||Torque||Fuel Efficiency|
|petrol||1194cc||Manual||96PS @ 6500RPM||120NM @ 4250RPM||19kmpl|
|diesel||1498cc||Manual||100PS @ 3750RPM||215NM @ 1750-3000RPM||24kmpl|
The Ford Freestyle is the American car maker's entry into the CUV segment of cars which are small crossovers based on hatchbacks. The freestyle sits on the same platform as the Figo but comes with a more substantial and rugged, SUV inspired styling.
The Ford Freestyle is essentially a raised and rugged looking Figo. This might not come as a surprise but the Figo and freestyle share the same platform. A good thing if you consider the fact that the Figo's underpinnings are solid and sorted. Differentiating itself from the hatchback, the freestyle gets a new redesigned front bumper with a blacked-out fog lamp housing. The black treatment extends its way further to the ORVMs, which are finished in matte black.
The signature Ford 3D grille is also black now and the car also gets a smoked headlamp cluster. The side profile adds to the outdoor-ready appearance, thanks to the SUV inspired body cladding, flared wheel arches, roof rails and 15-inch alloy wheels. The front and rear bumpers get faux skid plates and there's badging at the rear which helps in the differentiation from the hatchback.
As opposed to the all-black cabin in the Ford Figo, the freestyle gets a new dual tone chocolate brown and black cabin which looks pretty upmarket. The Freestyle gets a smooth and crisp-looking floating-type display for infotainment which is both apple carplay and android auto compliant. The system also gets Ford's latest Sync3 interface with voice recognition which works like a charm.
Other mentionable features include keyless entry, push-button start, steering mounted controls, and Fully-automatic air-conditioning. At 257-litres, boot space is adequate and the cabin is comfortable for 4 adults although taller passengers might find headroom lacking a little. The freestyle now gets a height adjustable driver's seat too and the seats on their own are pretty comfortable and supportive. The air-conditioner works brilliantly and helps to cool the cabin down in quick time, even during peak summer.
The Ford Freestyle comes with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, rear parking sensors, keyless entry and driver seatbelt reminder as standard on all models. In addition to that, the top trim's feature list is a little more elaborate as it comes with ARP( active rollover protection) rear parking camera, rain sensing wiper, and Ford MyKey among others. The top-end titanium and titanium+ variants also come with side and curtain airbags, taking the total count to 6.
The Ford Freestyle comes with two engine offerings. Diesel variants are powered by a 1.5-litre TDCi 4-cylinder engine which is good for 100ps at 3,750rpm and 215nm of torque between 1,750rpm to 3,250rpm. An efficient engine, it is rated for 24.4 km/l and scores really high on driveability and offers punchy performance when asked.
Petrol-powered variants are propelled by Ford's new 1.2-litre, Dragon series, 3-cylinder, naturally aspirated motor which churns out 96PS at 6500rpm and 120Nm at 4250rpm. This engine is peppy and offers fruity performance, right till its redline. For a 3-cylinder architecture, it performs in a rather smooth manner too. In terms of fuel economy, it is rated for 19.0 km/l.
Ford Freestyle price starts from INR 5.54 Lakh to INR 8.14 Lakh.
The new Ford Freestyle is here, and as the American carmaker proclaimed, it’s really not just the Figo on stilts. The new hatchback crossover, that Ford likes calling a CUV or Compact Utility Vehicle, gets significant visual upgrades over the Figo hatch, lots of new features inside the cabin and an advanced suite of active and passive safety aids. It’s turned out a capable machine for what it set out to accomplish. Here’s our review of the new cross-hatch.