• Feb 9, 2006

Anne Stevens, chief operating officer for Ford Americas, said today that due to changes in the game plan brought about by "The Way Forward," the Ford Freestyle won't be discontinued, and the Mercury crossover vehicle that was in the works to replace it is off the table.


Production of the Ford version of the vehicle, built in Chicago, was expected to halt in mid-2007, and despite the introduction of two new similar vehicles in the Ford Edge and the Lincoln Aviator, evidently the Freestyle will continue to be produced.

Thanks to Sully for the tip.



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      • 8 Years Ago
      #3: the new 3.5L V6 will come out this fall. I am optimistic that the Freestyle will receive a facelift this fall, to go along with the facelift the Five Hundred is slated to receive.

      Ford also needs to offer a hybrid diesel powertrain in the Freestyle, like that shown in the Mercury Meta One concept.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Congrats Leo on the longest run-on sentence award!
      • 8 Years Ago
      This must be the beginning of the end for Mercury, as it makes no sense otherwise.
      bret
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think that FORD should put in a 4.6L ,SIX SPEED AUTO AND ALL WHEEL DRIVE
      • 8 Years Ago
      As an owner of a Freestyle AWD for 6000 miles and a hand-on maintenance guy I really like the Freestyle combination. I drive a Porsche 911 and this vehicle is replacing a Chevy Tahoe which was TOO big and consumed too much gas. The freestyle holds more passengers.

      The Duratec 3.0l with the CVT tranny is a fine combination even in Northern Cal. mountains. I have 25 years of snow driving experience and tried throwing the vehicle sideways on packed snow, it never let loose. It was cover in 24" of snow parked overnight, got in and drove right out without clearing it. Right now I get 25-26 mpg on highway.

      With fuel prices probably staying high I'm perplexed why Ford was considering discontinuing a vehicle that makes sense for now and the future.
      • 8 Years Ago
      When will Ford roll out new engines for the 500 and Freestyle? These cars desperately need the 3.5L 250HP V6 that the MKZ(nee Zephyr) and others are getting.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Edge = midsize car-based Mazda SUV
      Freestyle = large car-based Volvo SUV

      No overlap there, and smart move on Ford's part, especially if the FreeSTAR's really on its way out. Nothing wrong with the FreeSTYLE that the 3.5 V6 can't fix. But what of that Fairlane?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I always thought plans to kill the Freestyle were insane. No domestic vehicle gets more attention from the Honda-leaning users of my site, www.truedelta.com. If Ford wants these people, it needs this sort of product.

      Ford never managed to do anything with Mercury even when it had money. They've announced plans to do something every few years since the brand was launched in the late 1930s, and failed to follow through every single time. There's no way Ford's going to finally make something of the brand in its current financial condition.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mercury won't last another five years. They're clearly planning to pull a Chrysler-Plymouth strategy by moving Lincoln downmarket a bit, then killing Mercury once they sell enough Lincolns to float the channel.

      I'm also a big fan of the Freestyle. You can fold every seat besides the drivers to form a huge flat floor in less than a minute flat. None are easier. There's also room for adults in all three rows, and with the Limited's 18s better handling than in any minivan.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am glad they are keeping the Volvo derived Freestyle in the picture. It DOES need the 3.5, but that should be arriving shortly and will make a big difference in sales, once word gets out. I do think Ford needs to add more standard safety equipment to the Freestyle - side airbag/curtain protection, and stability control. Then this can be their "safety" model. It makes sense given the Volvo roots, which, quite frankly, I think they should play up more.

      Presumably the Fairlane will be their "retro" model and a more direct for the Freestar (Windstar?) minivan, while the Edge will be their "youth" model.

      I do think that Ford now has an abundance of riches in this segment - from famine to feast. Let's hope they don't internally compete themselves to death, or confuse their customers.

      At least it's nice to see a variety of car-based "cross-overs" and minivan alternatives, as opposed to all the darn trucks, which is all I ever see on Ford lots.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I rented a Freestyle for three weeks on a shoot. I normally drive a Saab 9-5 and BMW 325it, wagons, both. I have to say, for the dull roads of Florida, it was an excellent vehicle. Great ride, good seats, nice interior, with terrific functionality, decent handling, pickup- ok, perfectly livable. The surprising thing about it, and it's hugeness, was that it got between 25-32 mpg. Pretty dang good. For all the peeps that need 'nothing special' as a car goes, this would be a pretty great vehicle.
      • 8 Years Ago


      I think Ford has a great line up of vehicles.

      I like the 500 and think its a great car, unlike the popular opinion.

      Fords problem is Flip Flopping. They need to portray confedence in the decisions they make.

      Everything these days is all about perception.
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