Ford India has confirmed that it will launch the new Freestyle crossover on April 26, 2018. The Figo-based crossover hopes to take on other such cars like the Honda WR-V and the Hyundai i20 Active and slot in below SUV-like crossovers like the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Ford EcoSport. According to the website, the car will be available in 4 variants – Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium+ in petrol and diesel versions.
The Freestyle gets typical faux-crossover design cues – the lower body cladding, roof rails, blacked-out elements and others – but has more ground clearance than its hatchback sibling. The ground clearance of 190mm, a 30mm wider track than the stock Figo and the visual bulkiness give the Freestyle a distinct SUV-like look. On the top-of-the-line variants, it gets dual-tone brown/black upholstery and fabric seats. The standout features include the addition of a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, push-button start, automatic headlamps and rain-sensing wipers.
With the safety features like ABS with EBD, dual front airbags, seat belt reminder, high-speed warning and reverse parking sensors will be standard on all variants, while higher variants get Active Rollover Protection.
The Ford Freestyle will be available with a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine, which makes 95 BHP @ 6,500 rpm and 120 Nm of torque @ 4,250 rpm. The diesel version will be powered by a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder engine that produces 99 BHP @ 3,750 rpm and 215 Nm @ 1,750-3,000 rpm. Both engines will be paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox.