Ford India will launch the Freestyle hatchback-based crossover at an official event in New Delhi tomorrow. The Freestyle was earlier scheduled for launch on April 18. However, it looks like Ford India thought it appropriate to push the launch to April 26 as the earlier launch date was clashing with the launch of the new Mahindra XUV500 and the Tata Nexon AMT drives. The Freestyle is expected to have a starting price of roughly Rs 6.2 lakh.
The Ford Freestyle is nothing but a slightly more rugged version of the Figo facelift that will launch later this year. It carries many new styling bits that make it look a tad bolder and even a bit macho. The Ford Freestyle will be cheaper than the EcoSport. Powering the Freestyle will be a new 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder, naturally aspirated engine from the Dragon series of motors. Basically, this engine is a slightly smaller version of the 1.5-litre petrol engine that powers the EcoSport. It belts out a maximum power of 97 PS and a peak torque of 120 Nm. This makes the Freestyle more powerful than cars like the Hyundai i20 Active. The motor comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Freestyle also gets the 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine from the Figo. This engine outputs 100 PS and 215 Nm, and comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. While the new petrol engine has an ARAI-tested mileage of 19 kmpl, the diesel motor offers 24.4. kmpl. Seen below is the official TVC of the new Ford –
The Freestyle will offer many standard features such ABS, front dual airbags, EBD, Engine Immobilizer, reverse parking sensors, keyless entry, approach sensors, and perimeter theft alarm. The fully-loaded variant will also offer Active Rollover Protection (ARP), side and curtain airbags, emergency assistance, automatic climate control, Ford MyKey, Ford SYNC3, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The Freestyle will go on sale in five colour options – Moondust Silver, Smoke Grey, White Gold, Oxford White, and Absolute Black.