January 5, 2004

Ford Freestyle crossover is “family friendly”

2005 Ford Freestyle Limited

2005 Ford Freestyle Limited
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Detroit, Michigan – Ford showed its Freestyle “crossover” vehicle which it says
“blends the aspirational looks of a sport utility vehicle, the versatility of a
minivan and the confidence of an all-wheel-drive sedan.”

Highlights of the Freestyle include:

  • 7 passenger seating and dozens of seating configurations

  • the cargo capacity of a full-size sport utility vehicle with its seats folded
  • upright command seating in all three rows for easy entry and exit, comfort and
    maximum visibility

  • best-in-class second- and third-row legroom and third-row knee clearance
  • a standard V-6, continuously variable transmission and available all-wheel-drive

  • Volvo-inspired architecture with MacPherson struts, coil-over rear shocks,
    aluminum dual-piston front brake calipers, rack-and-pinion steering and carefully
    optimized suspension geometry

  • frame and body structures – also inspired by Volvo – that help protect occupants
    in collisions

  • optional safety package that includes side air bags and the Safety Canopy,
    providing side-impact and rollover protection for all three rows of passengers.

  • 3 trim levels: SE, SEL and top-of-the-line Limited

“Freestyle is the crossover done right. 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, versatility and all-wheel-drive
capability….We believe these strengths give Freestyle the strongest potential to
define the crossover market – much like the Ford Explorer defined SUVs a decade
ago”, said Phil Martens, Group Vice President, Product Creation, Ford Motor Company

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