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Old 9th October 2018, 17:03   #256
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So this could be an instruction keeping the safety of occupants or the design of the airbag in mind then? Did the accessory guy tell you the reason why they are not supposed to install the seat covers?
Yes. That's the reason the accessory guy quoted. While I understand that installing seat covers might interfere with the deployment of airbags, Ford should have:

1) Come up with a better default fabric/leather
2) Come up with seat covers that won't interfere with the deployment of the airbags.

And this is where my grudge lies. They won't even try; seems like ford has threatened them. I'm going to escalate this and ask the ASM if they are okay with a customer canceling a booking just because there are no compatible seat covers.

The other issue with buying the Titanium+ is the absence of grab handles.

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Ford should have:

1) Come up with a better default fabric/leather
Plus 1 to that.

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2) Come up with seat covers that won't interfere with the deployment of the airbags.

And this is where my grudge lies. They won't even try; seems like Ford has threatened them.
Are you referring to the Dealer not willing to try!! Well, isn't it possible that airbags will deploy while installing seat covers!!

I'm going to escalate this and ask the ASM if they are okay with a customer canceling a booking just because there are no compatible seat covers.

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The other issue with buying the Titanium+ is the absence of grab handles.
Side airbags at play here. As pointed out in the review, this seems to be unique with Ford, but even with the more expensive Ecosport.

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Side airbags at play here. As pointed out in the review, this seems to be unique with Ford, but even with the more expensive Ecosport.
I don't think that the airbags will deploy while installing seat covers. There are airbag friendly seat covers available in the market. I just don't know why Ford wouldn't release it as an official accessory.

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I work closely with car dealerships for new car sales and I noticed that Ford has introduced a new TREND+ variant for the Freestyle. Price lists seem to carry it, but it's not available on the brochure at the moment for some reason. It is available only with the 1.2L dragon petrol option though. There are even cars available in stock

The pricing still lacks clarity though. The current Ex-Showroom price for the Trend+ (petrol) stands at Rs. 6,13,000, while the Trend variant is at Rs. 6,09,000. The difference isn't substantial.

But here are my guesses:
1. A variant rejig can be expected soon.
Ford has been tweaking (increasing) prices for the Freestyle since launch. In Sept, it went up by Rs. 15,000 /- (on-road).

2. Alignment with the Aspire's variants
if the above is true, we can expect alignment with the Aspire's variant loading, which would mean that Ford could delete the FLY touchscreen system from the Freestyle's Trend variant and other associated features like the reverse camera and offer them from Trend+ onwards.

Funnily, it's not available in the diesel option.

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