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Ford launches the Freestyle for INR 5.09 lakh, would you buy it?

Written by Parichay Malvankar

Ford has finally launched the overhyped Freestyle crossover. Yes it comes with plenty of safety features, but it still remains a product based on the Figo which not many people are buying here in India. Prices for the new Freestyle begin from INR 5.09 lakh, ex-showroom.

While most brands have called their hatchback-based butch variants crossovers, Ford is calling the Freestyle India’s first Compact Utility Vehicle (CUV). Let’s leave it at that.

Powering the Ford Freestyle is a 1.2L TiVCT petrol motor producing 96 PS of power and 120 Nm of torque. The diesel motor is a 1.5L unit producing 100 PS of power and 215 Nm of torque. Both engines come matched to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Ford claims that the new gearbox offers 15% lighter gearshifts and also improves fuel efficiency along with needed 40% lesser gear oil.

With a ground clearance of 190mm backed with 15″ wheels, the Freestyle tries hard to pose as an off-road friendly vehicle. But how many of us are actually going to engage in driving around on roads less known with cars which are not really built for off-roading?

Ford has introduced a lot of safety tech in the new Freestyle. The car comes with Active Rollover Prevention (ARP), Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, ABS with EBD, Hill Launch Assist, and up to 6 airbags on top trims with dual front airbags as standard across all variants. Why does the Freestyle need so many safety features? Watch the video below:

Price List: Ex-showroom pan India

Model Petrol (1.2L TiVCT) Diesel (1.5L TDCi)
Ford Freestyle Ambiente INR 5,09,000 INR 6,09,000
Ford Freestyle Trend INR 5,99,000 INR 6,99,000
Ford Freestyle Titanium INR 6,39,000 INR 7,35,000
Ford Freestyle Titanium+ INR 6,94,000 INR 7,89,000