From Ford press: Flexibility is the inspiration behind the all-new Ford Freestyle. Bridging the gap between SUV and sedan, this innovative crossover is ideal for active families and their evolving lifestyles, combining real-world utility with impressive fuel economy and comfort.
Freestyle sets an impressive benchmark for comfort, versatility and safety. It can carry up to seven adults in comfort. Its versatile fold-flat third-row seating provides flexible cargo-carrying capacity. Furthermore, it has the security of optional all-wheel drive and the available segment-exclusive Safety Canopy side-curtain air-bag system. The federal government has recognized Ford Freestyle as the top performer in its category in NHTSA’s 2005 NCAP rollover stability test.
Freestyle offers three levels of comfort and luxury: the SE, the SEL and the top-of-the-line Limited. Freestyle’s power comes from Ford’s proven Duratec 30 3.0-liter V-6 engine, matched to an all-new continuously variable transmission (CVT). The combination of stiff chassis, high-torque V-6 and wide-ratio transmission adds up to surprising performance and drivability for a vehicle that can haul passengers or cargo in any weather.
Freestyle’s CVT offers advantages not found in traditional automatic transmissions.
It uses two variable-size pulleys – one for input from the engine, the other for output to the drive wheels – connected by a steel link belt. It varies the effective sizes of the two pulleys to meet the driving dem and s of the moment.
Electronic powertrain controls, including a sensor on the electronic throttle, constantly monitor the dem and for power. When more torque is needed for acceleration or to maintain speed up a steep hill, the transmission seamlessly responds by creating the right drive ratio from an infinite number of possibilities, allowing the Duratec 30 engine to operate at optimum performance.
The Duratec 30 doesn’t require a tuneup in its first 100,000 miles. The CVT doesn’t require maintenance for its first 60,000 miles.