Ford Freestyle compact utility vehicle or CUV marks the American automaker’s entry into the hatchback crossover segment in India. Here is everything you need to know about it.
The Ford Freestyle is a crossover body style vehicle based on the Figo hatchback. To differentiate it from the existing breed of hatchback based crossovers, Ford is calling the Freestyle a CUV, or a compact utility vehicle. Though it sports a similar profile to that of the Figo. However, since it is based on the mid-cycle update of the hatchback, comes with some minor cosmetic differences. This is in addition to the aggressive body cladding and the increased ride hide. In addition to this, it also comes with an all-new dashboard layout and an improved feature list. In this article, we tell you all that you need to know about this vehicle.
Ford Freestyle- Launch Date
Ford India made the first public debut of the Freestyle in India at the start of this year. Today, ford India has launched the much-awaited Freestyle in India at a starting price of INR 5.09 lakh.
Ford Freestyle- Price In India
As mentioned before, the Freestyle is essentially the hatchback crossover version of the Figo. Consequently, the prices are slightly premium than the standard hatchback version. The base variant of the Ford Freestyle starts at INR 5.09 lakh while the top spec version retails for INR 7.89 lakhs. (ex-showroom).
|Model||Petrol (1.2L TiVCT)||Diesel (1.5L TDCi)|
|Ford Freestyle Ambiente||INR 509,000||INR 609,000|
|Ford Freestyle Trend||INR 599,000||INR 699,000|
|Ford Freestyle Titanium||INR 639,000||INR 735,000|
|Ford Freestyle Titanium+||INR 694,000||INR 789,000|
Ford Freestyle- Engine Specifications
The Freestyle crossover is going to get a new petrol engine, while the diesel engine remains the same as the current spec Figo hatchback. The new petrol engine is a 1.2-litre, TiVCT motor from Ford’s Dragon series. It produces 96 BHP of power along with 120 Nm of peak torque. The diesel derivative is going to come with the same 1.5-litre, TDCi oil-burner. This engine is good for 98 Bhp of power along with 215 Nm of peak torque. Both the variants are going to get a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard across the range.
|Engine||1.2-litre TiVCT Dragon||1.5-litre TDCi|
|Power||94 BHP||99 BHP|
|Torque||120 Nm||215 Nm|
|Transmission||5-Speed Manual||5-Speed Manual|
Ford Freestyle- Mileage
Talking about the mileage, the petrol engine of the Freestyle is expected to give a fuel efficiency of 21 km/l. While the diesel engine promises a mileage of 25 km/l.
|Engine||1.2-litre Dragon||1.5-litre TDCi|
|Mileage||~21 km/l||~25 km/l|
Ford Freestyle- Exteriors
The Freestyle comes with the basic silhouette of the Figo facelift. The front profile of the crossover looks very sharp, thanks to an aggressively styled bumper. In line with all the hatchback crossovers, this car too comes with black plastic cladding all-around. The car also comes with faux skid plates, both at the front and at the back. Furthermore, the rear profile of the vehicle looks very similar to the current spec Figo. However, just like the front, it too comes with an aggressively designed bumper.
Ford Freestyle- Interiors
Since the Freestyle is based on the Figo facelift, the cabin of this CUV shares its design with the same. The dashboard comes with a neat and sporty layout, indigenous to Ford cars in India. You can clearly see that the design takes its inspiration from the one that we see on the EcoSport facelift.
Ford Freestyle- Features
The Freestyle has a huge array of features onboard. The list includes Ford’s SYNC3 touchscreen media-nav system, automatic climate control, day-night inside rear-view mirror among the others. Furthermore, the car comes with the following features:
- LED Daytime Running Lights
- Faux Skid plates
- Twin-Spoke Alloy Wheels
- 6.3-inch SYNC3 Touchscreen Infotainment System
- Automatic Climate Control
- Automatic Headlamps
- Rain-Sensing Wipers
- Push Button Start-Stop
- 12V Power Socket
- Tilt Adjustable Steering Wheel
- Steering Mounted Audio Controls
- Voice Commands
- Rear Window Washer And Wiper
- Automatic Day and Night Inside Rearview Mirror
Ford Freestyle- Safety Features
The Freestyle offers a host of safety features. These are in-line with the new safety regulations which are set to come into play starting next year. The automaker has already started launching new products well ahead of the set deadline which meets these guidelines. Ford India is amongst these. That said, Ford cars have always been a step ahead of the competition when it comes to the safety of the vehicles. The Freestyle comes with the following safety features:
- ABS with EBD
- Dual Front Airbags
- High-Speed Warning Chime (over 80km/h and 120 km/h)
- Reverse Parking Sensors
- Auto Door Lock above 15 km/h
- Rear View Camera
- Active Roll-over preventions
- Electronic Stability Control
- Traction Control System
- Side and Curtain airbags (top-variant only)
Ford Freestyle- Dimensions
This compact utility vehicle measures 3954 mm in length, 1737 mm in width and 1570 mm in height. The Freestyle is going to have a wheelbase of 2490 mm. While the boot space will stand at 257 L.
|Boot Space||257 L|
Ford Freestyle- Variants
The Freestyle currently retails in India in a total of four different variants. These are Ambient, Trend, Titanium and Titanium+. These variants are available across the petrol as well as the diesel power terrains.
Ford Freestyle- Colours
This hatchback crossover is available in a total of six different colours. These are Canyon Ridge (Brown), Smoke Grey, Moondust Silver, White Gold, Oxford White and Absolute Black.
- Canyon Ridge (Brown)
- Smoke Grey
- Moondust Silver
- White Gold
- Oxford White
- Absolute Black
Ford Freestyle- Competition
The Freestyle competes in the hatchback crossover segment. This means, it primary rivals are Hyundai i20 Active, Toyota Etios Cross, Honda WR-V, Maruti Celerio X, Volkswagen Polo Cross and Fiat Aventura.