Ford Freestyle FX | Part Four

Ford Freestyle FX Concept

 

Transformable Seating

The key to any motor vehicle is its ability to adapt to increasingly demanding lifestyles. The Freestyle FX takes that idea one step further by providing the inspiration for new or different lifestyles. That concept is best demonstrated by the outstanding flexibility of the Freestyle FX’s interior, a trait that will be shared with the production vehicle.

In addition to its flexibility, the Freestyle FX concept’s interior design shows Ford’s commitment to triple the investment for interior design on future products. The use of high-quality interior materials, seamless integration of door and instrument panels and attractive seat and trim fabrics is evident throughout the concept vehicle.

Accommodating up to six passengers in three rows of seating, the Freestyle FX allows multiple seating combinations to fit any need. The vehicle’s second and third row seats can be power folded into the floor for more cargo space, providing a fully flat load floor.

With all seats in their folded position, the Freestyle FX provides cavernous cargo space, large enough to fit a four-by-eight sheet of plywood inside the vehicle with the tailgate fully closed.

The all-leather seats match the leather door inserts and include supplemental side air bag protection for front-seat passengers. Amber-colored lighting found in the center console and on the interior door handles matches the amber-colored glass from the roof and rear windows, casting a glow on the interior.

First row passengers are treated to a high-resolution satellite and navigation system housed in the instrument panel’s center stack. Brushed chrome bezels with tactile dimples surround the air registers, while the front seat passenger has an assist handle directly above the glove box, assisting ingress and egress

The second row of seating incorporates a DVD entertainment center perfect for long trips, with each seat folding independently of the other for loading flexibility.

Power for All Conditions
The Freestyle FX features a 3.0-liter 24-valve Duratec V-6 engine and new continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The CVT provides exceptionally smooth operation and delivers up to a 10-per cent fuel economy improvement over a traditional transmission.

Coupled with Freestyle’s all-wheel-drive and dynamic stability and traction control systems, the concept car features safety and security typical of an SUV, all in a car-like package.

Published 17 January 2003 Melanie Carter
 

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