Ford is launching the all-new Freestyle shortly, a crossover hatchback, that the manufacturer is calling a CUV or Compact Utility Vehicle. The Ford Freestyle is thus based on the Figo hatch but is an all-new offering with significant changes to the chassis apart from the taller ride height. The Freestyle also marks the debut of Ford's all-new, 1.2-litre, three-cylinder 'Dragon series' petrol engine which offers 96PS and 120Nm, as also a brand-new, five-speed manual transmission.
The Ford Freestyle will also be offered with Ford's tried and tested, 1.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine that offers 100PS and 215Nm. The Ford Freestyle comes equipped with SYNC 3.0, which offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Connectivity via a 6.5-inch touchscreen.
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Here is how the Ford Freestyle compares in price to its competition including the Hyundai Elite i20 and the Maruti Suzuki Baleno
The Ford Freestyle has been launched at a starting price of Rs 5.09 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
The Freestyle comes with a new 5-speed manual gearbox that promises lighter, more precise shifts.
Did you know? Over 50 percent of product development work for the Ford Freestyle was done in India
The engine is an all-aluminium unit and is based on Ford's larger 1.5-litre, four-cylinder engine, and is manufactured at Ford's Sanand plant in Gujarat
The Ford Freestyle comes equipped with a stand-up touchscreen from the refreshed EcoSport and offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity via Ford’s SYNC3
The Ford Freestyle will take on the likes of the Hyundai Active i20 and Honda WR-V in India
Here is our detailed list of different standard features and options that will be available on the Ford Freestyle
While we are waiting for the official launch press conference to begin, check out Overdrive's review of the 2018 Ford Freestyle.