Ford Freestyle Vs Toyota Etios Cross: Specifications Compared
Ford Freestyle, is the latest offering from the stables of the American carmaker. The bookings for the new Compact Utility Vehicle opened on April 7, this year and soon after, the new car was launched in the country. One of the most primary rivals of Freestyle in this segment is the Toyota Etios Cross. In the following comparison, we will pit these two cross hatches against one another to find out which one has more on tap to offer to the masses.
As far as the overall size is concerned, Ford Freestyle is much bigger than as compared to Etios Cross in every aspect. The one dimension that matters the most in the segment of cross-hatches is the ground clearance. The new Ford Freestyle is offered with a 190mm ground clearance, which is 16mm more than Etios Cross’s 174mm. This would translate into better off-roading capabilities.
Ford Freestyle now comes with a 1.2-litre Dragon series engine. The tweaked powerplant now produces 9PS of power and 8Nm of torque more than as compared to the standard 1.2-litre petrol engine found in the Figo hatchback. Etios Cross is now offered with the choice of engine options. The 1.2-litre standard petrol engine produces 80PS of power, whereas the larger 1.5-litre engine delivers 90PS and both power plants come with an inferior power output as compared to the motor we find in Freestyle. The Etios Cross’s motors are offered with the option of a 5-speed manual gearbox and the same unit is also found in the Ford offering. Even though freestyle is comparatively more powerful than Etios Cross, it is also more frugal in terms of fuel economy.
It is the diesel powerplant options in these cars which truly sets them apart. The 1.5-litre motor in Freestyle produces 100PS of peak power output whereas at 68PS the 1.4-litre mill in Etios Cross produces 32PS less. Torque stats for Freestyle are 215Nm and for Etios Cross stand at 170Nm. Both cars get a 5-speed manual transmission and Ford Freestyle offers better fuel economy.
Etios Cross redeems itself in terms of the features on offer for its base variants. The standard features offered on the Etios Cross include power windows on every door, electronic power steering, 2-din music system with Bluetooth and USB compatibility, manual AC and keyless entry. Freestyle is only offered with front airbags, Anti-theft alarm, keyless entry, power windows, manual day/night IRVM and rear fog lamps. The top-end variant of the Ford Freestyle comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with SYNC 3, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Also, on offer are premium features like rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, and cruise control. Etios Cross, on the other hand, is offered leather-wrapped steering, chrome door handles, steering mounted audio controls and chrome accents on AC vents amongst other standard features.
Etios cross is offered with ABS with EBD, dual front airbags and ISOFIX child seat anchors and these safety features are shared with Ford Freestyle and are the only safety features offered across the Etios Cross range. Ford however also comes with side and curtain airbags, traction control, rear parking sensors, emergency assist, hill launch assist and electronic stability program.
Etios Cross’s price range starts from Rs 6.41 lakh to Rs 7.88 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi) and Ford has not revealed the price of Freestyle, yet but we expect it to fall in the range of Rs 6.5 lakh to Rs 8.5 lakh