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Ford launches Figo Freestyle – Claims it to be the cheapest car in segment

Ford Freestyle, the crossover version of Figo hatchback, has been launched in India starting from Rs 5.09 lakhs (ex-showroom, Pan-India). The latest Ford will be locking horns with other hatchback-based crossovers like Fiat Avventura, Toyota Etios Cross, and Hyundai i20 Active.

Powering the Ford Freestyle is a new 1.2-litre TiVCT 3-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine which is tuned to deliver 96 PS and 120 Nm of torque. The diesel engine is the familiar 1.5-litre TDCi unit which has 100 PS and 215 Nm of torque on tap. Both engines are mated to a new 5-speed manual transmission which is 15% lighter and requires 40% less transmission oil compared to previous gearbox.

The car packs in a host of upmarket technologies and features including Active Rollover Protection system which works in conjunction with ESC to reduce engine torque to a particular wheel to prevent potential rollover scenarios. While all variants of the Freestyle are equipped with dual front airbags as standard, the top-end Titanium + variant boasts of 6 airbags.

Though Freestyle has not been crash tested yet, Figo has been. It has a 0 star rating.

Other safety features include TCS, ABS with EBD, and hill hold assist. Ford claims that the Freestyle features an increased track width compared to its hatchback sibling and a uniquely tuned suspension with a ground clearance of 190 mm.

The Ford Freestyle CUV (Compact Utility Vehicle as the company would like to call it) is also equipped with SYNC3 infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen which offers voice commands, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Ford proudly claims Freestyle to be the cheapest car in the segment.

The available color options include Canyon Ridge, White Gold, Moondust Silver, Absolute Black, Oxford White, and Smoke Grey.

Variant-wise pricing (ex-showroom, Pan-India):

Petrol (1.2L TiVCT)

Ford Freestyle Ambiente – INR 509,000
Ford Freestyle Trend – INR 599,000
Ford Freestyle Titanium – INR 639,000
Ford Freestyle Titanium+ – INR 694,000

Diesel (1.5L TDCi)

Ford Freestyle Ambiente – INR 609,000
Ford Freestyle Trend – INR 699,000
Ford Freestyle Titanium – INR 735,000
Ford Freestyle Titanium+ – INR 789,000

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