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Ford Unveils New Freestar at Chicago Auto Show

February 17, 2003

Ford announced major upgrades in safety innovation, interior design, flexible fold-flat seating, steering, ride, and performance to its 2004 Ford Freestar at the Chicago Auto Show. The vehicle also boasts a new 4.2-liter V-6 engine with best-in-class torque. Features of the new 2004 Freestar include:
  • An available segment-exclusive Safety Canopy side curtain air bag that offer protection in side impact collisions and rollovers for all three rows of seating.
  • Improved access to the third row seat, which folds flat into the floor and disappears without having to remove the head restraints.
  • A new power liftgate, available later in the model year.
  • Four-speed automatic transmission with fast-acting hydraulics for shift quality and improved downshift response.
  • Larger, four-wheel disc brakes with a new "Panic Brake Assist" system as standard on models equipped with the AdvanceTrac stability enhancement system. The 2004 Freestar will go on sale in fall 2003, and will be offered in four series: Freestar, Freestar LX (including an LX Sport Appearance Package), Freestar SE, and Freestar Limited.
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