The Ford Freestyle Flair is the brand new range-topping variant within the Freestyle line-up.
Having braved the subcompact SUV traits with the EcoSport, Ford needed to innovate as new gamers entered the phase. The Freestyle was a step in that path and we beloved it once we drove it. So, Ford has made some updates to the automotive and there is a new Freestyle Flair version that it has launched lately, which will get a couple of modifications in the case of styling and naturally a bump up within the options division. We drive it to seek out out extra.
What’s Changed On The Outside?
The Freestyle Flair is Ford’s try to make the cross hatch a bit extra trendy and up to date too. So, all these purple accents on the skid plate, roof rails or these swanky decals you see above the plastic cladding and on the tailgate handle to make it look cool and snazzy.
But there are a couple of misses and a set of projector beam headlamps would have added the ‘Flair’ (pardon the pub) to the Freestyle, provided that that is the vary topping variant.
What It’s Like On The Inside?
The purple accents are generously splashed on the within too. You see it on the door armrests, the purple stitching on the black and gray material seats and the Flair badging as nicely. Other than that, it stays just about the identical however now we have to say, it seems to be fairly good on the all black cabin. Moreover, it is spacious and the seats too provide respectable cushioning and bolstering.
There’s a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system however no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. You do, nonetheless, get built-in navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and notably the Ford Pass linked app that receives over-the-air (OTA) updates. So, you may remotely lock / unlock and start-stop and even precool the cabin and that is simply the tip of the iceberg, so in a manner it is a linked automotive. You do not get rear air-con vents that are a giant miss in our opinion. You additionally get only one USB port and a 12V charging socket, that too solely on the entrance.
Does It Get New Engines?
There isn’t any change within the engine line-up and the one now we have with us is the BS6 compliant 1.2-litre, three-cylinder engine that belts out 94 bhp at 6500 rpm and 112 Nm of peak torque at 4250 rpm. While you may be pleased with its efficiency for probably the most half, the underside finish lag underneath 2000 rpm will hassle you. On highways it’s worthwhile to plan overtaking and maintain the automotive past the 2200 rpm rev band in order that it provides you that push. The energy build-up is linear and clean however you would need for higher refinement ranges as you do really feel the vibration on the steering wheel and pedals.
The Flair can also be provided with the 1.5-litre, four-cylinder BS6 diesel engine that churns out 98 bhp at 3750 rpm and 215 Nm of peak torque which is accessible from 1750 rpm. Both engines are mated to a five-speed handbook transmission solely and the automated gearbox is sorely missed. The claimed gasoline financial system for the petrol motor is eighteen.5 kmpl whereas the diesel mill is sort of frugal delivering a powerful 23.8 kmpl.
How Is It To Drive?
The new-age Ford automobiles have by no means disillusioned us in the case of driving dynamics and the Freestyle isn’t any totally different. The steering weighs up nicely while you speed-up and regardless of it having an electrical energy steering, to an extent you’re feeling the join and that’s confidence inspiring, particularly if you end up cornering or making manoeuvres at greater speeds. It simply makes the work pleasant in addition to straightforward. Driving in metropolis site visitors circumstances is easy as nicely, due to the sunshine steering set-up at decrease speeds..
Then, you may begin appreciating the suspension set-up much more on highways because it has simply the correct quantity of firmness to cope with damaged tarmac, potholes or undulations nonchalantly at greater speeds. At decrease speeds passengers will bounce a bit, however nothing that can hassle a lot. It’s extra of a mushy roader and can prance over tough terrains letting the traction management and digital stability program (ESP) do their job successfully.
What About Safety Features
The Freestyle Flair actually scores excessive on construct high quality. The sense of durability that you just get when closing the door, is one thing that different hatchbacks haven’t got. It kind of compensates for the shortcomings within the premium options division. Then, you even have the reassurance of six airbags which is now provided on all trendy Ford automobiles, a minimum of on the highest trims. Plus, you get anti-lock brakes together with brake-force distribution, hill launch help, traction management and digital stability program as nicely.
The Ford Freestyle is simple to stay with, is enjoyable to drive in comparison with different premium hatches or subcompact SUVs. And the Flair trim seems to be sporty and distinctive as nicely. So it does stand out in these phrases. That stated, the automotive must play catch up in the case of options and premium enchantment. But should you evaluate it with the range-topping variants of the WR-V which is its closest rival, the Freestyle at Rs. 7.69 lakh is Rs. 2 lakh cheaper than the top-end WR-V VX petrol and Rs. 2.20 lakh extra reasonably priced than the highest of the road WR-V VX diesel. So should you get pleasure from spirited driving, it’s nonetheless one of many prime picks within the sub Rs. 10 lakh worth bracket.