Ford India was supposed to launch the all-new Freestyle compact utility vehicle (CUV) in the domestic car market on 18th of April. However, as per the latest reports, it is learnt that the American auto major has postponed the Freestyle’s Indian launch to 26th of April, 2018. While the authorized Ford dealerships in India have already started accepting bookings for the new model, the price list of the Ford Freestyle will also be announced at the time of the car’s launch. The new Ford Freestyle is expected to start getting delivered to its new owners starting from early May, 2018. Thus, now the confirmed launch date for the Ford Freestyle CUV is 26th of April.
When exterior design language is concerned, being a hatchback turned crossover model, the Freestyle comes with design language that we have already seen on such cars. However, Ford has done a good job on styling this new car model, and it doesn’t simply look like a Figo hatch on steroids. The Freestyle does have the basic styling of the Figo which it is based on, but the crossover elements have been very nicely incorporated into the vehicle. The Ford Freestyle gets endowed with a new radiator grille design that comes with a more distinctive design, and the new C-shaped surrounds for the fog lights make the front fascia more markedly different than that of the Figo. The Freestyle also obviously gets all the other styling elements which are associated to crossovers, which includes faux skid plates on both front and rear ends, black plastic cladding all over the body, black cladding on the wheel arches, underbody cladding and raised ground clearance to offer a proper crossover stance. The Freestyle will also come with roof rails, which are simply not there for SUV stance, but are fully functional with an ability to hold up to 50kg luggage.
The Ford Freestyle CUV will be offered for sale in a total eight variants in petrol and diesel variants. On the inside, the Freestyle gets a cabin design which is very similar to that of the EcoSport facelift model. The top of the line variants come with the same 6.5 inch touchscreen integrated infotainment system along with Ford's SYNC 3.0 that come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity support. The system’s interface is nicely tough sensitive and quick. The only downside in the Freestyle’s cabin comes in the form of the styling of the instrument cluster and the air-conditioning controls. The design of these hasn’t changed much since the time of the Ford Fiesta and it looks quite outdated.
As already mentioned, the Ford Freestyle will be coming in both the petrol and diesel avatars, equipped with only manual transmission for now, while petrol automatic transmission option is on the cards. The diesel version will get the same oil burner from the Figo hatchback, while the petrol version will be packing in a new 1.2 liter 3 cylinder unit from Ford’s new Dragon petrol engine series.