Ford India will launch the new compact utility vehicle Freestyle in the second quarter of this year.
13.23 pm: Other Highlights
6.5 inch touchscreen system compatible with Apple car play, Android Auto and Ford's SYNC3 connectivity system.
Ford Freestyle Engine
Yes, as expected, the new Ford Freestyle comes with an all-new 1.2-litre engine with new five-speed gearbox.
Ford Freestyle exterior
New front grille, front and rear skid plates, body claddings, contrasts headlamps, sweeping freestyle lines and new tail lamps
13.13 pm: Ford's latest cool, capable, compact connectivity Freestyle unveiled in India.
13.11 pm: it's official: The new Ford compact utility vehicle to be called Ford Freestyle. Stay tuned. More coming soon.
Ford #Freestyle breaks cover. Global premiere for Ford Motor Company. New model for Latin America, Europe, India. All new 96 ps 120 Nm, 3 cylinder 1.2 petrol. New 5 speed manual transmission. Sportier suspension. Will have sync, 6.5” touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. SVP pic.twitter.com/3CJ58DO2Xc— Siddharth V Patankar (@sidpatankar) January 31, 2018
13.08 pm: Rahul Gautam, Vice President, Marketing, Ford takes the mic from Mehrotra to share more insights on the new kid off the block.
13.05 pm: Anurag Mehrotra, President & MD Ford on stage to take the proceedings forward.
13.00 pm: The global preview of Ford's new compact utility vehicle begins. Stay tuned.
12.45 pm: There is excitement in the air. So far Ford has not revealed anything about the new unveiling and the bits have only been speculations about the model that have been doing the rounds. In a few minutes, we will get to know what Ford has kept under wraps for so long. Stay tuned.
12.40 pm: The launch event of the new compact utility vehicle is now expected to be live from 1.00 pm. Stay tuned, more updates coming soon.
12.22 pm: On the features front, the new touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Ford's SYNC3 connectivity system is expected to be the highlight.
12.00 pm: The new offering of Ford is expected to get an all-new 1.2-litre Dragon-series petrol engine under the hood along with the tried-and-tested 1.5-litre diesel engine.
11.30 am: The new Ford compact utility vehicle is also expected to get a front bumper with black racing stripes running across, black roof rails and ORVMs.
11.05 am: The new Ford crossover will be based on the Figo hatchback and is expected to get true crossover traits like body cladding, raised ground clearance and updated front fascia.
Ford is all set to reveal its new compact utility vehicle (CUV) in India on Wednesday, January 31. The global unveiling of Ford's new compact utility vehicle will begin from 12.30 pm.
While Ford has not revealed any details of its new compact utility vehicle, in all likelihood that is likely to be a cross between an SUV and a hatchback. Ford has been testing a new crossover what is rumoured as Figo Cross of Freestyle in India for some time now. Rumours are rife that this could be the CUV from the company, which is expected to be launched by April.
From the spy images of the new crossover that we have come across so far, Freestyle or Figo Cross will flaunt new hexagonal front grille flanked by sweptback headlamps. The Figo Cross is also likely to get a restyled front bumper with black racing stripes running across, black body claddings, black roof rails and ORVMs. The rear end of the model could also get similar sporty additions and the CUV is expected to come shod with 185/60 R15 tyres.
Inside the cabin, the new Figo Cross is expected to get an updated dashboard with features like a floating touchscreen infotainment system in line with the one in the new EcoSport. It will support Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Ford's SYNC3 connectivity system. The new Figo Cross is also expected to get raised ground clearance of 185 mm, up by 15 mm from the Figo hatchback.
Under the hood, Figo Cross is expected to draw power from an all-new 1.2-litre Dragon-series petrol engine. The all-aluminium, three-cylinder, twin-cam unit will be a scaled-down version if the 1.5-litre Dragon that debuted with the new Ford EcoSport. The new engine is likely to churn out 95 hp of power and 115 Nm of torque. The tried-and-tested 1.5-litre diesel engine with 100bhp is also likely to be on offer.
Stay tuned as we bring you all the LIVE updates from the event floor.