FORD FREESTYLE FIRST DRIVE
The ford freestyle has SUV-like body styles. Given Indian buyers’ penchant for all things SUV we’ve seen a number of such cars get launched in the recent past, and the newest one to join the bandwagon is the Ford Freestyle. The car also marks the debut of Ford’s brand new 1.2-litre three cylinder petrol engine and new 5-speed manual transmission.
The front end looks similar to the Figo’s but look closely and you’ll notice the difference in the detailing of the headlights. The new grille looks more distinctive, though the biggest visual differentiators up front are the C-shaped surrounds for the fog lamps. The Freestyle also gets new, 15-inch alloys shod with 185/60 section tyres. Ford tells us 16-inch wheels were considered but those would have compromised ride quality.
There’s more serious changes under the skin as the chassis has been modified to widen the track, though the wheelbase is the same. The Freestyle’s interiors look identical to the updated EcoSport’s. Effectively the Titanium variant gets the same 6.5-inch touchscreen, equipped with Ford’s SYNC 3.0, which offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
The interface is slick and touch sensitivity is good though menu options can be slightly confusing