Sitting on top of the Ford Figo range is the newly-launched Figo Freestyle that, according to Ford South Africa, builds on Ford’s reputation as one of the pioneers of the utility vehicle segment.
The Figo Freestyle is what the Etios Cross is to Toyota and it comes in two trim levels; Trend and Titanium.
On the outside, it is simply the normal Figo that we all know but with a raised suspension as well as other features that guarantee its Freestyle nameplate.
It comes with a black painted grille, along with a new sculpted front bumper. It rides on double-spoke 15-inch alloy wheels that are framed by muscular black wheel arch mouldings.
There are stylish black foglamp housing accents.
Its ride height has been raised by 190mm, which is 16mm higher than the standard Figo – something that will let buyers take their Figo Freestyle off-road. It also comes with integrated front and rear skid plates that provide an enhanced level of underbody protection when driving on rougher road surfaces. Roof rails are fitted as standard.
Inside, the new Ford Figo Freestyle comes standard with reverse parking sensors. The Trend is equipped with Ford’s Device Dock which includes Bluetooth, USB and Aux connectivity and a handy receptacle to hold a smartphone.
The Titanium series adds a reverse camera linked to the floating 6.5-inch colour display for the SYNC®3 system, which incorporates Bluetooth and voice activation that enables phone and audio functions to be controlled through intuitive, conversational voice commands. Owners can use their smartphone’s navigation functions and a variety of other apps in conjunction with SYNC®3 when seamlessly paired to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
The Figo Freestyle is available in six colour choices, including the new ‘Canyon Ridge’ that is unique to this model, along with Diamond white – both of which are solid paint finishes. Metallic paint options comprise Smoke Grey, Moondust Silver, Ruby Red and White Gold.
Both models are powered by Ford’s 1.5-litre three-cylinder Ti-VCT engine with 91 kW of power and 150 Nm of torque. Power is delivered to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox.
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All Figo and Figo Freestyle models come standard with Ford Protect which includes a service plan covering four-years/60 000km, three-year unlimited distance roadside assistance and four-year/120 000km comprehensive warranty. This is complemented by a five-year/unlimited distance corrosion warranty. Service intervals are every 15 000km.
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