American auto major Ford has launched its brand new Freestyle in the car market of India with an introductory starting price of Rs. 5.09 lakhs. The all-new Ford Freestyle is being touted as a CUV (compact utility vehicle) in India, but is essentially a cross-hatch based on the Figo. The new Freestyle is being offered for sale in the Indian market in both petrol and diesel versions and comes in four model trims, namely – Ambiente, Trend, Titanium, and Titanium+. The Freestyle petrol price ranges from Rs. 5.09 lakhs to Rs. 6.94 lakhs, while the diesel models range from Rs. 6.09 lakhs to 7.89 lakhs. The interesting fact is that the Freestyle's introductory starting price is undercutting the Figo hatchback by about a good Rs. 42,000.
When the exterior visual appeal is concerned, the Ford Freestyle boasts a rugged look that’s common among cross-hatch models, while its basic design language is that of the Figo’s. However, Ford has done a good job on the vehicle and made it look really like a nice compact SUV and it doesn’t look like a quick work on the Figo with fake muscles.
Being based on the Ford Figo hatchback, the Freestyle is basically a capable vehicle model. The Freestyle’s ride height has been increased by 16 mm to offer 190 mm of ground clearance, while it also comes with larger 15 inch alloy wheels. The vehicle of course comes with the usual cross-hatchback exterior features which include body cladding, skid plates and roof rails.
The interesting bit is that the Freestyle comes with a new front façade and this will also be flaunted by the upcoming refreshed new Figo hatchback and the refreshed Aspire subcompact sedan model.
On the inside, the brand new Ford Freestyle CUV comes with the Figo’s dashboard, but in a redesigned avatar which flaunts a 6.5 inch touchscreen display. The vehicle comes with a dual tone chocolate brown and black interior colour theme.
The Ford Freestyle has debuted the new petrol engine under its hood. The new 1.2 litre 3-cylinder Dragon petrol unit has the capability to churn out a max power output of 96 hp and top torque of 120 Nm. The power figures make this 1.2L petrol mill the most powerful petrol engine in its own segment. The diesel models of the Freestyle comes packed with the familiar 1.5 litre 4-cylinder TDCi oil burner that is good to generate a peak power output of 100 hp along with a top torque of 215 Nm.
Both the engines come mated to a new five speed manual transmission gearbox sourced from Getrag. As per Ford, this new transmission is lighter and more refined than the gearbox it replaces and it will also consume 40 percent less gear oil.
The new Ford Freestyle is not aiming to go up against the compact SUVs in India, as that the job of the popular Ford EcoSport subcompact SUV. The Freestyle will be competing against the other cross-hatch as well as the premium hatchback models in India.