Ford India is busy preparing its all-new product, the Ford Freestyle in the domestic car market. Although the new Ford Freestyle is the crossover version of the Ford Figo hatchback, the American auto major calls it a CUV (compact utility vehicle). The all-new Freestyle will be hitting our market towards the end of this current month. Ford India has also recently confirmed that the new model’s pre-launch bookings in India will be officially commenced on 7th of April, while the launch will follow soon.
Ford India officially unveiled the new Ford Freestyle CUV in February this year. The Freestyle will be positioned in the place between the Figo hatch and the EcoSport subcompact SUV in the current lineup. Recently a lot of features details of the soon to launch new CUV have also come to light.
When exterior styling is concerned, the Ford Freestyle gets a rugged visual appeal that is common among the hatchback turned crossover models. The changed and added visual styling elements include blackened front grille, black bumper inserts black underbody cladding, black wing mirrors and other such black elements. The Freestyle CUV has been endowed with larger sweptback headlights, while to offer a proper crossover look it has come with silver skid plate, side-body cladding and roof rails. Subtle character lines on the bonnet and side profile add to the overall bold looks of the vehicle.
In order to offer a proper SUV feel, the Freestyle obviously also come with added ground clearance, but the good thing is that it does not look like the Figo with an increased ground clearance. The American auto major has done a good job in making the Freestyle look like a new car altogether and that it has the capability to handle the rough roads. It is more of a soft-roader though, which means you can easily drive the Freestyle on some of the bad roads and beaten paths of the city and town and also on the highways, but it is not meant for actual off-road performance. Ford has revealed that Freestyle has been endowed with Active Rollover Prevention (ARP) that identifies an approaching rollover and thus, selectively applies brakes. ARP aids the electronic stability control, anti-lock braking system, traction control and yaw control which were already in place. However, all these active safety equipments are available only on the top of the line Titanium and Titanium+ trims.
The Ford Freestyle will be offered in 4 variants, namely Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium+ and will be offered in both the petrol and diesel options. The 1.2L mill powers the petrol version, and offers 95 bhp of power and 120 Nm of torque. The diesel avatar packs in a 1.5L motor and delivers 99 bhp and 215 Nm.
The safety equipments on the Freestyle include dual airbags, ABS, reverse parking sensors and seat belt reminder as standard, while side and curtain airbags are Titanium+ trim exclusive.
On the inside, the Freestyle’s features list include automatic climate control, push button engine start/stop, rain sensing wipers, touchscreen infotainment system with Ford SYNC 3 interface, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, navigation, Bluetooth, USB, steering mounted controls and more, depending on the variant.