Ford has launched its first-ever hatchback based crossover, Freestyle in India. The Freestyle is available with both petrol and diesel engine options and the price starts from Rs. 5,09,000. This makes it over Rs. 1.6 lakhs cheaper than the Hyundai i20 Active and about Rs. 1.4 lakhs cheaper than the Toyota Etios Cross.
The rugged version of the Figo hatchback is available in 4 trim levels for both petrol and diesel variants. The Freestyle is based on the updated Figo that is yet to launch in the Indian market. It gets a list of exterior and interior changes to set it apart from the regular model. Ford has also introduced a new petrol engine with the Freestyle.
Here is a list of variants and prices:
Ford Freestyle Petrol Prices (ex-showroom)
- Ambiente – Rs 5.09 lakh
- Trend – Rs 5.99 lakh
- Titanium – Rs 6.39 lakh
- Titanium + – Rs 6.94 lakh
Ford Freestyle Diesel Prices (ex-showroom)
- Ambiente – Rs 6.09 lakh
- Trend – Rs 6.99 lakh
- Titanium – Rs 7.35 lakh
- Titanium + – Rs 7.89 lakh
One of the biggest highlights of the Freestyle is its new 1.2-litre petrol motor from the Dragon series of engines. This engine is derived from the 1.5-litre Dragon petrol engine that was introduced with the facelifted EcoSport. The engine produces a maximum power of 97 PS and a peak torque of 120 Nm. The engine is the most powerful in the segment and returns a maximum fuel efficiency of 19 km/l.
The 1.5-litre diesel engine of the Figo hatchback has been carried over to the Freestyle. It generates a maximum power of 100 PS and a peak torque of 215 Nm. The diesel engine returns a maximum efficiency of 24.4 km/l. Both the engine options get a 5-speed manual transmission. There is no automatic option available with either of the engines.
The Freestyle will be loaded with many standard features across all the variants. The standard features include ABS with EBD, dual airbags, engine immobilizer, reverse parking sensor, keyless entry, approach sensors and a perimeter theft alarm. The top variant of the vehicle will also get segment-first Active Rollover Protection (ARP), side and curtain airbags, emergency assistance with a touchscreen infotainment and automatic climate control. The touchscreen infotainment system also gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. It will be the first floating-type infotainment system available in the segment.
The rugged Freestyle gets a high 190 mm ground clearance and rides on 15-inch wheels. To minimise the body roll, the suspension has been tweaked too. The Freestyle will take on the likes of Hyundai i20 Active and Toyota Etios Cross. Here is a quick comparison of the three models –
Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Toyota Etios Cross – Price
Ford Freestyle Prices –
- Petrol – Rs 5.09 – 6.94 lakh
- Diesel – Rs 6.09 – 7.89 lakh
Hyundai i20 Active Prices –
- Petrol – Rs 7.04 – 8.70 lakh
- Diesel – Rs 8.10 – 10.11 lakh
Toyota Etios Cross Prices –
- Petrol – Rs 6.41 – 7.93 lakh
- Diesel – Rs 7.57 – 8.16 lakh
As you can see above, the Freestyle enjoys a clear advantage over both its immediate rivals in terms of pricing. For instance, the top-end diesel variant of the Freestyle costs Rs 7.89 lakh, which is cheaper than the base model of the diesel-powered i20 Active. Also, it’s only about Rs 30,000 costlier than the base model of the diesel-powered Etios Cross. Similarly, the top-end petrol model of the Ford Freestyle is cheaper than the base petrol model of the i20 Active. It’s also only about Rs 53,000 costlier than the base model of the petrol-powered Etios Cross. Hence, in terms of value, the latest Ford has a clear advantage over its rivals. You end up getting a lot many more features than the rivals whilst saving a lot of money. The Freestyle is a great value-for-money proposition.
Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Toyota Etios Cross – Specifications
Ford Freestyle Specs –
- Petrol – 1.2-litre, 97 PS – 120 Nm
- Diesel – 1.5-litre, 100 PS – 215 Nm
Hyundai i20 Active Specs –
- Petrol – 1.2-litre, 83 PS – 115 Nm
- Diesel – 1.4-litre, 90 PS – 220 Nm
Toyota Etios Cross Prices –
- Petrol – 1.2-litre, 80 PS – 104 Nm
- Diesel – 1.5-litre, 68 PS – 170 Nm
Even in terms of specifications, the Freestyle enjoys a clear advantage over its rivals. The Freestyle comes with a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol motor outputs 97 PS-120 Nm, which is significantly greater than 83 PS-115 Nm of the petrol-powered i20 Active and 80 PS-104 Nm of the petrol-powered Etios Cross. Like we said, the Freestyle’s petrol motor is an all-new unit that belongs to the company’s Dragon series of engines. The diesel engine, however, comes from the Figo hatchback. The 1.5-litre oil burner outputs 100 PS and 215 Nm. This is again healthier than the 90 PS-220 Nm of the i20 Active and much better than the 68 PS-170 Nm of the Etios Cross. Hence, the Freestyle is not only cheaper but also offers more powerful engines than its main rivals.
Ford Freestyle vs Hyundai i20 Active vs Toyota Etios Cross – Ground Clearance
Ford Freestyle Ground Clearance –
- 190 mm
Hyundai i20 Active Ground Clearance –
- 190 mm
Toyota Etios Cross Ground Clearance –
- 170 mm
The biggest USP of these pseudo-SUVs is their SUVish stance, much of which is due to the higher ground clearance. The increased ground clearance makes these cars better suited to driving on rough roads. In terms of ground clearance, the Freestyle and the i20 Active are closely matched. The Etios Cross, however, has the least ground clearance of the three.