We reported some time ago that Ford was rumored to have been thinking about cancelling its Freestyle crossover less than a couple of short years after it first hit the market. Whispers from within the Blue Oval were saying the Freestyle’s name would live on but the vehicle would not.

Autoweek is now reporting that Ford has told its suppliers the Freestyle will remain in the company’s product portfolio at least long enough to enjoy a front-end refreshening in early 2007.

Ford’s stable of crossovers has gotten a bit crowded with the debut of the Edge CUV that is available with the company's new Cyclone 3.5L V6. Will the Freestyle, not mention the Five-Hundred and Mercury Montego, enjoy the added oomph offered by Ford’s new 250-hp V6? Time will tell, but at least the Freestyle will be around to find out.