American car manufacturer, Ford unveiled the Freestyle crossover to the country in January 2018. The global unveiling of the car took place in India and it was expected to hit the markets by April 2018. After several pictures of the car, covered in camouflage started floating all over the internet, the Ford Freestyle was finally spotted in a dealership yard in Chennai by youtube channel, Automobile Enthusiast’s its true colors. It is also rumored that several dealers have started accepting bookings for the car unofficially.
The Ford Freestyle is a crossover based on the Figo and will be pitched against the likes of the Volkswagen Cross Polo, Toyota Etios Cross, and the Fiat Aventura. The Ford Freestyle comes with much more butch aesthetics compared to the Figo to suit its purpose. It comes equipped with black cladding around the car, roof rails, smoked headlamps and an aggressive Mustang-inspired front grille. The car will come equipped with LED headlamps, an LED DRL strip and LED tail lamps as well. The ORVM’s are blacked out and get a set of integrated turn signals.
The interior of the Ford Freestyle is dominated by black and grey upholstery for the seat and dashboard. The icing in the cabin has to be the floating infotainment screen in the middle. It comes loaded with Ford’s SYNC3 connectivity system and also supports Android Auto and Apple Car Play. From the pictures, it appears that the seats get a distinct stripe pattern running through the middle. It is also visible that the car will come with two USB sockets in front of the gear lever and steering-mounted audio controls.
The Ford Freestyle will also be inaugurating the company’s brand new Dragon series petrol engine. It will be a 1.2-litre motor producing 94 bhp. The existing 1.5-litre diesel producing 99 bhp will also be available. They will both be mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The Ford Freestyle will come with dual front airbags, ABS and EBD on the safety front. An automatic version is also on the cards and should be launched later in the year. On the technological front, the car will get an ARP (Active Rollover Protection) system that will work hand in hand with the ESP system to mitigate potentially dangerous rollover situations.