Launched: Ford Freestyle
Ford has told us everything there is to know about this hatchback and even let us have a go in it a couple of weeks back. Today, however, they have announced prices and they start at Rs 5.09 lakh
It’s been a bit of a wait, since the Freestyle was showcased a couple of months back. Ford has taken their time about this one, going through the paces and peeling off a layer at a time. Based largely on the Figo hatchback, the Freestyle is Ford’s latest take on the urban crossover hatch, which they have decided to name a compact utility vehicle. It is clearly distinctive from the Figo and carves out a niche for itself lower than the EcoSport.
Styling on the Freestyle has plenty of rugged touches like the skid-plate on the front, the cladding all around the car, the large honey-comb mesh grille, the roof mounted rails, and, of course, the raised ride height to give it a solid 190mm ground clearance. Ford has reworked plenty and focussed on the ride and handling of the Freestyle. They are very clear about the fact that this is not a simple styling job. Moreover, the Freestyle also gets the latest iteration of the 1.2-litre petrol, which makes 95bhp and 120Nm of torque. Ford has also improved the 5-speed manual transmission for slicker gear shifts.
Add to this the brand new interior design of the Freestyle and the latest generation of Sync 3 that the 6.5-inch, touch sensitive, infotainment system has been equipped with and Ford seems to have ticked all the boxes. In case you are wondering, yes, the system supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well. All variants get dual airbags at the very least with the top-of-the-line variant getting six. You also get a host of other safety features like traction control, ABS, hill- launch assist and a stability program that brakes relevant wheels to keep the Freestyle from rolling over - something we would hope not to put to test.
Ford has launched the Freestyle with the option of both petrol and diesel engines, available with five-speed manual transmissions - no automatic on offer just yet - in four variants. While the petrol versions are priced between 5.09 lakh to 6.94 lakh (ex-showroom, India), the diesel version will be available at Rs 6.09 lakh to Rs 7.89 lakh (ex-showroom, India). These prices are introductory and are likely to be revised upwards in a couple of months. Till then, have a look at our first impression of the new Ford Freestyle and make up your mind about signing the dotted line.