|"Freestyle blends the looks of an SUV, the versatility of a minivan and the confidence of an all-wheel-drive sedan," says Ford. "Freestyle is the crossover done right," adds Group Vice President, Product Creation, Phil Martens. "We didn't try to adapt an existing minivan or sport-utility platform. Freestyle is built from the ground up as a crossover with class-leading spaciousness, seven-passenger comfort, and versatility and all-wheel-drive capability."
The Freestyle is a midsize “crossover.” Replacing the front-wheel-drive Taurus wagon, the six- or seven-passenger Freestyle promises more SUV-like qualities. A 203-horsepower 3.0-liter Duratec 30 V6 engine with a continuously variable transmission to optimize performance, improves fuel economy, and reduce emissions powers it.
The Freestyle's "P2" platform has an elevated ride-height, optional Haldex all-wheel drive system, independent suspension front and rear, and safety cell technology for superior occupant protection in crashes distinctive to this chassis.
Under the hood is Ford's 3.0-litre Duratec V-6 making 203 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque.
Standard features in the base, SE, model include 17" wheels, three rows of seating, six-way power driver's seat, anti-lock brakes with traction control, keypad on driver's door, air conditioning, roof rack side rails. It also features an overhead console and privacy glass in the third row and liftgate, chrome grille surround, automatic headlamps, six-disc CD changer with MP3 capability, fog lamps, remote steering wheel controls, auto-dimming mirrors and special bright alloy 17" wheels.
The available AWD uses an electronically controlled, electro-hydraulic Haldex limited-slip coupling ahead of the rear differential to transfer virtually all available torque to the rear wheels whenever the front wheels slip. Ford's Personal Safety System improves impact protection. Using information from weight and impact sensors in the front passenger seat, it can choose from one of two deployment speeds or suppress the bag altogether.
Freestyle also has innovative adaptive steering column, which is designed to collapse horizontally at two different speeds depending on whether the driver is belted. In addition, the driver side airbag deployment is tailored the driver's seat position on its track. An optional package includes side airbags and Ford's Safety Canopy to provide side-impact and rollover protection for all three rows of passengers.
Ford Freestyle has the comfort and ride quality of a sedan, the people- and cargo-carrying capacity of a minivan, the rugged look of an SUV, and all-wheel-drive. To continue Ford's tradition of offering environment friendly, outstanding value and class leading amenities, auto parts companies like Partstrain offers top of the line Ford Parts. The customer has a choice from a vast array of Performance Parts, Replacement Parts, Aftermarket Parts and accessories. It offers new and used Ford auto body and engine parts, headlights, transmission parts, taillights, radiators, wheels, rims, and more.
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Jenny McLane is a 36 year old native of Iowa and has a knack for research on cars and anything and everything about it. She works full time as a Market Analyst for one of the leading car parts suppliers in the country today.
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