Ford’s next big launch for the Indian market will be a hatchback-based crossover. It’ll be called the Freestyle, and was just unveiled two days ago, in a global premiere held right here in India. The Freestyle is based on the Figo hatchback. Look closely, and you’ll notice that the Freestyle is a Figo that has bulked up after a couple of months in the gym. But hold on to your cheque books. It’s only launching in April 2018.
There are various stylistic changes seen on the Freestyle. You have a new honeycomb grille and bumper at front. Both these changes will come to the facelifted 2018 Figo hatchback as well. Move away to the sides of the car, and you’ll notice new alloy wheels, roof rails and butch cladding. Moving to the rear, you’ll notice the cladding culminate in a new bumper, again adding some more macho appeal to the car. Ground clearance is also expected to get a minor boost.
The interiors are more or less similar to what you get on the Figo save for the new 6.5 inch touchscreen infotainment module that sits on the dashboard. The infotainment unit will feature Ford’s SYNC3 system that offers smartphone support, voice assist and emergency assist features. The Freestyle will be offered with both petrol and diesel engines but herein lie the major mechanical changes.
The petrol version of the Freestyle will use a new, 3 cylinder engine from the Dragon line up. The 1.2 liter petrol engine will make a class leading 95 Bhp and 120 Nm. This engine will also get a new 5 speed manual gearbox from Getrag. The diesel engine though, will be the same unit found on the Figo, Aspire and EcoSport – the 1.5 liter TDCI unit with 98.6 Bhp and 205 Nm. It’ll be offered with a 5 speed manual gearbox. Prices of the Freestyle will be announced on the day of launch.