U.S.A.:Spy shot of the 2005 Ford Freestyle
by Paul Lienert
Freestyle to share chassis, driveline with new Five Hundred
Previewed in concept form at the 2003 Detroit auto show, Ford Motor Co. new Freestyle wagon will share chassis and driveline components with the new 2005 Five Hundred sedan, and will be positioned above the Taurus in size and price.
Built on an all-new platform derived from the Volvo V70/S80, the Freestyle goes into production in Chicago in early 2004. The base model is front-wheel drive, but an all-wheel-drive variant will also be marketed. Priced from the mid-20s, the wagon will be powered by a DOHC 3.0-liter Duratec V-6, mated to either a five-speed automatic or a new continuously variable transmission developed jointly with ZF North America.
One of the unique features on the wagon will be a third-row bench seat that automatically folds flat for extra cargo space. The Freestyle will seat up to seven people, and will offer such features as a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.
Photo by Brenda Priddy & Co.
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