– The Freestyle will take on the Hyundai i20 Active and the Toyota Etios Cross.
– Ford Freestyle uses the company’s new 1.2-litre 3-cylinder Dragon petrol engine & 1.5-litre TDCI diesel engine.
Ford Freestyle could be slightly pricier than its donor hatchback sibling - Figo.
American automaker, Ford has confirmed that the much-awaited Ford Freestyle cross-hatchback will go on sale in the Indian market on April 26, 2018. Ford dealers have already started taking pre-orders for the car at a token amount of Rs 11,000. Adding to it, Ford has collaborated with Amazon India for the pre-bookings of this model. Amazon will promote 100 units of the Freestyle on its website on April 14, 2018, 2PM onwards. One can pre-book this car through online website by paying 10,000. Also See – Ford Freestyle – Positives & Negatives
Ford has already revealed the features and technical details of the Freestyle. The Ford Freestyle features crossover-like exterior elements including a new grille, more pronounced bonnet, skid plates, new alloys and blacked-out headlamps. Adding to it, the cross-hatch gets metallic roof rails, new body cladding and bigger 15-inch wheels. Upon launch, the cross-hatch will take on the likes of Hyundai i20 Active and Toyota Etios Cross. It will be offered in four trim levels – Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium+. Ford is also offering 10 exterior and 6 interior accessories. Exterior accessory package includes features like roof wrap, racings strips, rear spoiler, automatic headlamps, etc. On the flip side, the cabin gets optional smart ambient lighting in five colour options, special anti-theft lug nuts for the alloy wheels and optional rear view parking camera. Read – Ford EcoSport 2018 – All Details
This cross-hatch also marks the debut of Ford’s new 1.2-litre 3-cylinder Dragon-series petrol engine that offers segment leading 96bhp of power and 120Nm of torque. The diesel version will be powered by the same 100bhp, 1.5-litre TDCi unit. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox. Read – Ford Kuga SUV Might Come To India
– More commanding stance
– Additional body cladding
– Black plastic
– Roof rails
– New Mustang-inspired hexagonal grille
– Sportier sweptback headlamps
– Front grille with three-dimensional mesh
– Fog lamp bezel
– Blacked-out high contrast on the front bumper
– Twin-spoke black alloy wheels
– Increased track width
– High ground clearance
– 6.5-inch floating touchscreen
– Ford’s SYNC3 in-car infotainment system
– Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity
– Six airbags
– Active rollover prevention
– Electronic stability control
– Anti-lock braking system
– Electronic brake-force distribution
– Traction control system
– Electric power assisted steering
The American carmaker confirmed that the new crossover will be launched in India on 26th April, 2018. Official bookings for the CUV have already commenced at a token amount of Rs 11,000. One can also pre-book this cross-hatch via Amazon India website from 14th April, 2018. Just so you know, the Freestyle crossover made its global debut on 31st January 2018 in an event in Delhi. Check Out – Upcoming Ford Cars in India
|Minimum||Rs 5.5 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 8.5 lakh|
Ford’s new cross-hatchback receives additional body kit and a raft of new (including touchscreen infotainment system as standard) over the regular Figo hatchback. The design and styling of the crossover is inspired by its younger sibling. Though, it looks more masculine and sportier than the latter one. These attributes will surely make it slightly more expensive than the Figo hatch. To be available in four trims – Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium+ – the Ford Freestyle could be priced in the range of Rs 5.5 lakh (for the base model) – Rs 8.5 lakh (for the tops-spec variant). Read – New Ford Endeavour Revealed In New Pictures
Most of the design bits of the Freestyle crossover are carried over from the Figo hatchback. However, it carries more rugged and commanding stance. Styling elements such as additional body cladding, black plastic, roof rails and new Mustang-inspired hexagonal grille give it a crossover-ish appeal. Accentuating the sporty front fascia of the car are the sweptback headlamps, unique grille with three-dimensional mesh, pronounced bonnet, fog lamp bezel and blacked-out high contrast on the front bumper with integrated skid plate and sculpted fascia sections. Read – New Ford Premium Hatchback Under Development
What add more to its sporty look is black plastic cladding is running across the sides and wheel arches. The side profile is further adorned by twin-spoke black alloy wheels and roof rails. Riding the crossover are the large and wider 1185/60 R15 tyres. Ford is also offering a range of accessories with the crossover. The accessory kit includes body stripe kit and roof wrap, rear spoiler, R15 alloy wheels, sun blinds, seat covers and slimline weathershield.
The ground clearance of the new Ford Freestyle is higher than the regular Figo hatchback. It stands on 185mm of ground clearance, which is 15mm higher than its donor sibling. The fuel tank capacity of petrol and diesel models stand at 42-litres and 40-litres respectively. While the petrol version carries kerb weight between 1026-1044kg, the diesel model has a kerb weight of 1062-1080kg. The overall length, width and height of the crossover stand at 3,954mm, 1,737mm and 1,570mm respectively. Sitting on a wheelbase of 2,490mm, the car offers a turning radius of 5.0 meter. It has a boot space capacity of 257-litres.
Ford’s new crossover will be offered six paint schemes – Smoke Grey, Oxford White, White Gold, Moondust Silver, Absolute Black and Canyon Ridge.
Similar to the exterior, the crossover’s interior design shares resemblance with the Figo hatchback. Though, it’s more feature-loaded and premium than its younger sibling. It gets charcoal black interior with an updated dashboard and a new 6.5-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system that we have already seen on the new EcoSport. The crossover also gets Ford’s SYNC3 in-car infotainment system, which is compatible to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Read About – New Ford Aspire Facelift
There is a 4-speakers audio system with Bluetooth and USB support. Other key highlights include rear parking camera, rear parking sensors and new fabric plus leather upholstery for seats with contrasting stitching, driver and passenger front seat map pockets, power windows, keyless entry, driver seat height adjustment, push button start, steering mounted controls, automatic climate control, rain sensing wiper, etc.
|Petrol Engine||1.2-litre, 3-cylinder, TiVCT|
|Max Power||96hp @ 6,500rpm|
|Max Torque||120Nm @ 4,250rpm|
|Diesel Engine||1.5-litre, 4-cylinder|
|Max Power||100hp @ 3,750rpm|
|Max Torque||215Nm @ 1,750-3,000rpm|
|Gearbox||New 5-speed Manual|
|Kerb Weight||1026-1044kg petrol/1062-1080kg diesel|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||42L petrol/40L diesel|
Under the hood, Ford’s new compact UV features a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder, TiVCT petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The former one is a Dragon family all-aluminium motor, which is essentially the stripped down version of the 1.5-litre engine that also does duty in the EcoSport compact SUV. This Dragon series gasoline unit delivers best-in-class power and torque figures. It generates a maximum power output of 94bhp (96PS) at 6,500rpm and a peak torque of 120Nm at 4,350rpm, thus making it more powerful than Honda’s 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol and Maruti’s 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engines. Check Out – India’s Top 5 Best Modified Ford EcoSport
On the other hand, the diesel version of the crossover is propelled by a 1.5-litre engine producing a top power of 100bhp at 3,750rpm and a peak torque of 215Nm between 1,750-3,000rpm. This cross-hatchback comes with a new 5-speed manual gearbox, which is claimed to be lighter, more precise and responsive than the existing Figo hatchback. Its suspension mechanism includes independent McPherson front and semi independent (twist beam type) rear unit.
Similar to its hatch sibling, the cross-hatch is high on fuel efficiency. As per the company’s claim, the Freestyle petrol returns an ARAI-certified mileage of 19.0kmpl and the diesel version delivers 24.4kmpl. Read – New 2018 Ford Mustang Arrives in India
All variants of the crossover get dual airbags, ABS (Anti-lock braking system) with EBD (Electronic brake-force distribution), engine immobilizer and ventilated front disc brakes and hydraulic rear drum brakes with auto stack adjuster as standard safety fitments. Features such six airbags, Active Rollover Prevention (ARP), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) and Traction Control System (TCS) are reserved for the range-topping variant. Read About: 2018 Ford EcoSport Signature Edition
With ESC, the Active Rollover prevention system automatically detects and avoids the rollover situations by employing brakes to each wheel and reducing engine torque. Other safety features include front three point seat belts, rear seat belts (three point outer, lap middle), driver and passenger belt reminder, high speed warning alarm, door ajar warning, reverse parking sensor, automatic relock, premeter anti-theft alarm, rear view camera, fog lamp and emergency assistance.
In the cross-hatch segment, the aggressive looking Freestyle will face challenge from the Toyota Etios Cross, Hyundai i20 Active and Fiat Urban Cross. It will also take on the Honda WR-V and Mahindra KUV100 NXT.
Ford Freestyle is one of the finest cross-hatchbacks currently on sale in India. While the engine performance is best-in-league, the interior lacks premium feel offered by its closest rival Hyundai i20 Active.