Ford India has announced the market launch of the much-awaited all-new Ford Freestyle with prices starting from Rs 5.09 lakh for the base Ambiente petrol trim and going up to Rs 7.89 lakh for the top-end Titanium+ diesel variant. This global product from Ford combines SUV-like design ques, peppy drive and innovative technologies to target the young brigade who aspire to own a SUV-like vehicle in a compact size and a pocket-friendly price. The designers at Ford deserve a pat on the back for creating a car that is both contemporary and dynamic in appearance. The Freestyle uses design elements common to SUVs in a more compact dimension. The Freestyle grille with a three-dimensional mesh gives this car a sportier look. The front bumper has sculpted sections that add to its SUV-like look and rigidity while the skid plates on the front and rear make the car every bit the off-roader. The 190 mm ground clearance helps the Freestyle to sail smoothly over speed-bumps and undulations without causing any damage to the under-carriage. The 15-inch tyres with stylish alloy wheels add to the masculine look of this cross-hatch. The Ford Freestyle will welcome you with its elegant dual tone interiors. The seats are well-cushioned and provide good lumbar support. The passenger compartment is spacious with adequate leg room for both front and rear passengers. Like all Fords, the Freestyle has several storage compartments, more than 20, to tuck away everything that you may need on your trips. From water bottles and munchies to umbrellas and change to pay the toll – there is space for everything. The Ford Freestyle will also feature Ford’s in-car infotainment system, SYNC 3 with a 6.5-inch touchscreen which allows drivers to control their entertainment and their connected smartphone with conversational voice commands. SYNC 3 system is also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. The Freestyle will come with a host of convenience features including a reverse parking camera, keyless entry and a push start. The automatic climate control on the Freestyle is a chiller and capable of bringing cabin temperature down from upwards of 40 degrees to a comfortable 20 degrees in less than 15 minutes. Powering the Freestyle is Ford’s all-new three-cylinder 1.2L TiVCT petrol engine that is small and light and aims to combine performance with fuel efficiency. The naturally-aspirated engine generates 96 PS of peak power and 120 Nm of torque to deliver a spirited drive and is sure to appeal to the young-at-heart. Customers will continue to have a choice to opt for Ford’s tried and tested 1.5L TDCi diesel powertrain that generates 100 PS of peak power and 215 Nm of torque. Both engines will be paired with an all-new five-speed manual transmission that is slicker and more responsive. Ford claims that this new manual transmission is almost 15 per cent lighter and helps improve fuel economy while reducing NVH. According to the company, the new transmission requires 40 per cent less gear oil than its predecessor.