As per our sources, we could be expecting this much awaited cross hatch from Ford, the Freestyle to launch here during the New Year season. Ford Nepal is gearing up for a media launch of the Freestyle mid April and a full scale launch on late April. So if you are looking to buy yourself a car on the new year, hold that thought just yet, until the Freestyle gets here.
The Freestyle is based on the Ford Figo, it features typically crossover-like exterior changes over the hatchback – including a new bonnet, grille, skid plate, alloys and blacked-out headlamps. Other exterior changes see the addition of metallic roof rails, extra body cladding and it also rides on bigger, wider 185/60 R15 wheels. Along with the extra 15mm ground clearance, the Freestyle also sports a different steering and suspension set-up, when compared to the Figo hatchback. The former is now lighter to aid low-speed driving, while the latter has been tuned for a more comfortable ride.
The highlight of the Freestyle is under the hood. Ford’s new three-cylinder, naturally-aspirated Dragon series of petrol engines made its debut on the new EcoSport. The compact SUV is powered by a 123hp, 1.5-litre version, while the new Freestyle will have a 1.2-litre petrol mill. This engine makes 96hp at 6,500rpm and 120Nm at 4,250rpm and has a claimed fuel efficiency figure of 19kpl. The carmaker’s 1.5-litre diesel engine that produces 100hp at 3,750rpm and 215Nm at 1,750-3,000rpm is also available. A five-speed manual is standard on both motors, though the petrol will get an automatic option, at a later date. Interestingly the petrol model comes with a 42-litre fuel tank while the diesel model – which has an ARAI-rated fuel efficiency of 24.4kpl – has a 40-litre one.
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