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Ford Freestyle unveiled. The global unveils of the Ford Freestyle in India sees the American carmaker enter the compact utility vehicle for the first time.
The newly unveiled Ford Freestyle is based on the Figo hatchback currently on sale in India and will be launched in the second quarter of this year.
Ford Freestyle Specifications
The Ford Freestyle is powered by a set of engines, a petrol and a diesel. The diesel is Ford's tried and trusted 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit while the petrol engine is the newest member of the Dragon series with its three-cylinder setup displacing 1.2-litres.
The all-aluminium 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine is the most powerful in its class and produces 94.6bhp and 120Nm of torque. The 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel cranks out 99bhp and 215Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to an all-new five-speed manual gearbox from Getrag.
The new Ford Freestyle's suspension has been raised by 15mm compared to the Figo on which it is based giving it 189mm of ground clearance. Ford has also widened the track of the Freestyle and has fitted the car with 15-inch wheels shod with 185/60 R15 Goodyear Assurance tyres.
Ford Freestyle Design & Features
The Ford Freestyle is based on the Figo hatchback. However, the new Freestyle gets a new hexagonal honeycomb grille inspired by the one on the Mustang along with a new bonnet.
Flanking the new grille on either side are new sweptback headlamps. Underneath the headlamps on either side of the new bumper sit the fog lamps. The centre section of the front bumper also features a faux skid plate and the bumper itself features black cladding to add to the rugged look of the newly unveiled Ford Freestyle.
The black cladding on the front bumper continues around the sides of the car and the rear bumper. The sides of the car also feature roof rails to add to the sporty look along with the stripe that runs across the doors. The rear end looks similar to the Figo but is raised like the rest of the car with the bumper featuring a skid plate.
The interiors of the new Ford Freestyle are similar to the ones found on the Figo. The Freestyle features a new 6.5-inch infotainment system that seemingly floats above the centre of the dashboard. The infotainment system gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as part of Ford Sync 3 infotainment setup.
The Freestyle also gets a host of safety features including up to 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, traction control, electronic stability control and active rollover prevention.
DriveSpark's Thoughts On The Unveil Of The New Ford Freestyle
The Ford Freestyle looks to solve the issue faced by every car owner in India, i.e.: the rather broken nature of our roads. With its raised ride height, powerful new engine and the new infotainment system and car-like design, the new Ford Freestyle will tick every box for car buyers in India.